If you have wondered about the legal precedents for giving heroin to those unable to benefit from any other weaning method, read Dr. Perry Kendall’s reasons for supporting this practice.
Researchers aren’t sure why, but in the 23 U.S. states where medical marijuana has been legalized, deaths from opioid overdoses have decreased by almost 25 percent, according to a new analysis.
“Most of the discussion on medical marijuana has been about its effect on individuals in terms of reducing pain or other symptoms,” said lead author Dr. Marcus Bachhuber in an email to Reuters Health. “The unique contribution of our study is the finding that medical marijuana laws and policies may have a broader impact on public health.”
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Some men who participated in the study had testosterone levels that were 75 per cent lower than men who weren’t using methadone. Addiction specialists say they knew of the effect but did not realize how drastic it could be. A recommendation of the researchers is that when a man is taking methadone to control opioid addiction, he should ask for testosterone level monitoring and possible replacement therapy. See the report from the Hamilton Spectator.
Pharmacology has devised a way to prevent the abuse of the powerful painkiller oxycodone by combining it with naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote. The second drug is inert when the tablet is taken properly but cancels the euphoric effect of the opioid if the pill is crushed. Read the CTV story at the link below.
Vancouver street youth face an alarmingly high risk of hepatitis C infection because of a high incidence of injection drug use, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.
The B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS tracked youth aged 14 to 26 over the course of six years. Read the Globe & Mail report.
Child abuse leaves individuals vulnerable to addiction because drugs and alcohol help them feel better — until they are both unwell and unable to stop making themselves so. Modern addiction treatment methods cannot always help. What about the unique botanicals used for psychic healing in tribal medicine? One Saskatchewan man testifies to the power of the herbal drug administered in a special Costa Rican setting.
This June story from The Economist presents the evidence from a King’s College research team that cannabis use is more likely among individuals having a genetic predisposition to schizophrenia.
From the Foreword: “Many factors are at play to make one person more likely to abuse substances than another, including genetics, brain abnormalities, behaviour, personality styles and the environment at home and at school. No one set of experiences or factors directly results in later-life substance abuse because every individual and his or her experiences are unique. A dynamic interplay among genetic, biological, social and environmental experiences and vulnerabilities begins the moment a child is born.”
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Read the Vancouver Sun story at the link below.
The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) writes: “Traditionally, Canada’s mental health and addiction systems have been largely independent and compartmentalized. People are often diagnosed with one disorder but not the other, resulting in a failure to treat both problems together. CCSA is working with mental health partners to address this separation.”
At the address below are links to the resources CCSA has generated with a concerted nationwide effort in mind.