Calgary families share stories of struggling to get help for addictions

A group of Albertans who have been directly impacted by addictions met with the province’s associate minister of mental health and addictions in Calgary on Friday. The group showed up to talk about their struggles in trying to get help for their loved ones. Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Jason Luan hosted the roundtable discussion at McDougall Centre […]

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Wellness not addiction: women embrace positive approach to alcohol moderation

A desire for wellness, rather than angst about addiction, is prompting women in their 30s and 40s to cut back on their drinking using apps like Hello Sunday Morning's Daybreak. Hello Sunday Morning, a not-for-profit organisation that started as one man and his blog 10 years ago, has helped more than 160,000 people deal with high-risk drinking since its inception. […]

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Kratom herbal supplement used to treat addiction and pain found unsafe by researchers

The herb kratom is increasingly being used to manage pain and treat opioid addiction, but it’s not safe to use as an herbal supplement, according to new research led by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York. William Eggleston, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Binghamton University, had been seeing more and more patients presenting with toxicity […]

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Our House Edmonton fundraiser shifts focus to mental health awareness

Mental health and addiction go hand in hand – that’s the inspiration behind Our House Addiction Recovery Centre’s Summer Solstice BBQ for Sobriety. “We’re hosting a barbecue, a bake sale, family-friendly lawn games and a whole bunch of other activities geared towards children,” addictions councilor Michael Lange said. “One of the biggest parts of the event is that we’re actually […]

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Nurse fired for using fentanyl should get second chance at reinstatement: Divisional Court

TORONTO – A registered nurse fired for stealing opiates and shooting up fentanyl in a hospital washroom should get another crack at showing why she should get her job back, Divisional Court has ruled. At issue, the court ruled, was whether the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, Ont., indirectly discriminated against the nurse – identified only as P.S. […]

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San Francisco to force some people with drug addiction into treatment

San Francisco officials decided Tuesday to force some people with serious mental illness and drug addiction into treatment, even if it goes against the spirit of a city known for its fierce protection of civil rights. Several members of the Board of Supervisors voiced deep concerns Tuesday about the possibility of taking away a person’s civil liberties, but the proposal […]

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Preventing addiction with insight from scruffy dogs and ancient meditation

When Ivan Pavlov was measuring dog slobber at the turn of the 20th century, he could not have imagined all the ways his classical conditioning research would shape the future of scientific discovery. Today, there is substantial research suggesting that conditioned behaviors—such as smoking after a meal—sustain unhealthy habits. It follows that by preventing the development of certain conditioned behaviors, […]

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Saint John’s Avenue B Harm Reduction Clinic receives $200K in federal funding

On Tuesday morning, Saint John’s member of parliament announced $200,000 in funding for the Avenue B Harm Reduction Centre as part of an $8.5-million investment in 28 harm reduction programs around the country. But for executive director Julie Dingwell, the funds represent the freedom to continue innovating in a field she has devoted the last 20 years to. “I think […]

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