Jul 10

Drug Fact Sheet: Cocaine and Crack Cocaine

This month’s Drug Fact Sheet is looking at cocaine and crack cocaine. Where did this drug originate and why is it still so prevalent? History Cocaine is derived from the coca plant, native to South America. Indigenous people of the area have chewed the leaf for centuries in daily life as well as a part of religious ceremonies. Cocaine was only isolated from the leaf in 1860 by a German chemist, but around the same time, other Europeans were beginning to experiment with its recreational...
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Jul 2

Indigenous Addiction Treatment in Canada

Indigenous addiction treatment in Canada is an important component of boosting First Nations mental health and wellness. There are many drug rehabs and alcohol treatment programs in Canada, and some serve specific populations. For example, last month we wrote about LGBT specific drug and alcohol treatment in Canada.  This blog will explain why there is a need for indigenous specific treatment and how to access publicly funded First Nations drug and alcohol programs.   Indigenous...
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Jun 20

New Brunswick Government Strategies for Treating Drug, Alcohol, and Other Addictions as...

Introduction New Brunswick is governed by the Liberal party presently and last year released its Family Plan which included mental health as one of is main tenants. Following stakeholder consultation, the provincial government realised New Brunswickers wanted addictions to be addressed as its own tenant as well. This blog will look at the five areas of focus in Supporting Those with Addictions and Mental Health Challenges, released in May 2017, a kind of addendum to the New Brunswick Family...
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Jun 18

How to Access Public Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Programs in New Brunswick

This month, learn how to access public drug rehab and alcohol treatment programs in New Brunswick in this installment of  Provincial Snapshot. Each month, we are outlining the steps you must take to access public drug rehab and alcohol treatment in each province. This post will detail how to access different levels of addiction and mental health care. If you or someone you know requires urgent help, please call 911. Public Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Programs in New Brunswick New...
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Jun 14

Trans-Inclusive Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs in Canada

As part of Pride Month we are making it easier for LGBT Canadians to find LGBT-friendly drug rehab and alcohol treatment programs in Canada, and an important part of that is identifying trans-inclusive drug and alcohol treatment in Canada. A big barrier to treatment is stigma, or at least perceived stigma, and it is understandable that many trans people may feel apprehensive entering residential treatment that is often segregated by gender. However, the good news is that BC, Manitoba, and...
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Jun 12

Drug Fact Sheet: Methadone and Suboxone

North America is in the grips of an opioid epidemic and on the front lines of pharmaceutical relief are Methadone and Suboxone. Many Canadian cities, especially Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto are feeling the effects of hundreds of deaths due to opioid overdoses.  This fact sheet will help decipher exactly what Methadone and Suboxone are, how they help opioid users during detox, and what changes are happening in Canada to help more people access these medications. Interested persons can browse...
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