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Prescription painkiller deaths fall in medical marijuana states

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.”

Read the rest of this Reuters article at the link below.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/25/us-medical-marijuana-deaths-idUSKBN0GP1UJ20140825

Methadone treatment can cause testosterone levels to plummet, finds Mcmaster study

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.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/news/methadone-suppresses-testosterone-in-men-mcmaster-research-suggests-1.2746301

FDA approves new alternative painkiller aimed at curbing opioid abuse

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.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/fda-approves-new-alternative-painkiller-aimed-at-curbing-opioid-abuse-1.1929679

Study finds Vancouver street youth at high risk for Hepatitis C infection

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.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/study-pinpoints-hepatitis-c-risk-for-vancouver-street-youth/article19763243/?cmpid=rss1

Addict credits drug ibogaine with saving his life

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.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/addict-credits-hallucinogen-ibogaine-for-saving-his-life-1.2709063

CCSA report on early causes of substance abuse

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.”

Read the report here:

Adolescent Addiction – CCSA report on causes

Canada’s addictions clearinghouse tackles the “concurrent disorders” behemoth

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.

http://www.ccsa.ca/Eng/topics/Mental-Health-and-Substance-Abuse/Pages/default.aspx