Supervised consumption sites save Alberta money: University of Calgary study

A study from the University of Calgary has concluded the Calgary supervised consumption site is saving the province money. The study looked at the costs of treating a person who has overdosed at the consumption site and compares that to how much the same treatment would cost at a hospital. Dr. Jennifer Jackson, who studies public health systems at the […]

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Chemicals between us: Surprising effects of oxytocin on cocaine addiction

A team of addiction researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) report in Psychopharmacology that oxytocin, a hormone produced naturally in the hypothalamus, has significant gender differences when used as a treatment for cocaine-addicted individuals with a history of childhood trauma. The MUSC team was led by Jane E. Joseph, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Neuroscience, […]

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‘Shopping addiction’ can cause harm, and it’s moved online

(HealthDay)—The holidays are peak buying time, and perhaps the worst time of the year for people who simply can’t control their urge to shop. Now, research shows that the ease of online purchasing could be making things worse for people with so-called “buying-shopping disorder” (BSD). BSD is still debated as a stand-alone diagnosis, and hasn’t yet been included in the […]

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Oxy sales in China driven by misleading addiction claims

Thousands of lawsuits across the United States have accused a drug company owned by the billionaire Sackler family of using false claims to push highly addictive opioids on an unsuspecting nation, fueling the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history. Yet, even as its U.S. drugmaker collapses under the charges, another company owned by the family has used the same tactics […]

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SHA adding 50 new addiction treatment beds in Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) said it has issued a request for proposals to open roughly 50 new addiction treatment beds across the province. Related Opioid overdose deaths continue to increase in Canada: PHAC ‘Community, safety issue’: Saskatchewan struggling with crystal meth addiction Rates of people seeking meth treatment in Sask. increase 10 times over past 5 years The SHA […]

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DR MAX THE MIND DOCTOR: Admit obesity’s an addiction or NHS is doomed

DR MAX THE MIND DOCTOR: Unless we admit that obesity’s an addiction the NHS is doomed Within ten years, it’s estimated that one in four hospital beds could be taken up by patients with type 2 diabetes.  Just think about that: a quarter of everyone in hospital will suffer from the condition. Shockingly, some experts say this is a conservative […]

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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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