A supply of “bad heroin” that has reportedly killed three people in the last week in Hamilton is likely linked to a hyper-potent version of the drug mixed with fentanyl, a former opioid user says. Coroner’s officials say .....                                                                        ______                           TO SEE THE FULL ORIGINAL ARTICLE, CLICK ANYWHERE ON TEXT ...

The provincial methadone program for treating addictions to heroin, morphine and oxycodone saves both lives and money, says a new report from British Columbia's medical health officer. The mortality rate in opioid substitution treatment is about half of what it is for those using street heroin...... TO SEE THE FULL ORIGINAL ARTICLE, CLICK ANYWHERE ON TEXT ...   ...

Deaths linked to opiate overdoses are rising sharply across Canada owing to an increase in prescription drug use, says a report released Wednesday by the Canadian Drug Policy CoalitioThe report says often these deaths could be prevented and many result from over-prescribing of pain medications."It’s a national issue, it’s a growing problem,"..........TO SEE THE FULL ORIGINAL ARTICLE, CLICK ANYWHERE ON TEXT ...

TORONTO - A powerful new narcotic some lawmakers fear will lead to a wave of abuse south of the border may soon be on the market in Canada. Mark Beaudet, president of Montreal-based pharmaceutical company Paladin Labs Inc., told the Toronto Sun the firm will apply to market Zohydro ER in Canada. Beaudet did not say when the application for the prescription painkiller will be filed with Health Canada........ TO SEE THE FULL ORIGINAL ARTICLE, CLICK ANYWHERE ON TEXT ...

Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug, and new research suggests another stimulant might just be the trick to helping people break the addictive cycle. Researchers have shown a single dose of methylphenidate, a stimulant drug prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), may normalize the nerve pathways that go haywire in cocaine addicts' brains... ...

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