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Toronto police issue safety alert after four suspected fentanyl deaths

  Toronto police say there have been four deaths due to fentanyl and 20 incidents of fentanyl overdose since Thursday [within three days]. “Toronto police have issued a public safety alert after four deaths likely caused by fentanyl overdose in the past three days in downtown Toronto. Police said there have been four fatalities and 20 overdose incidents since Thursday. The most recent incident was on Saturday when a woman was found dead in a stairwell near Queen St. E and Trefann St. A 27-year-old man died on Thursday in the area of Queen St. W. and Bathurst St., where he allegedly overdosed on heroin laced with fentanyl, a powerful opioid that’s about 50 times stronger than heroin…” — excerpt from thestar.com, by Bryann Aguilar, Alanna Rizza. July 29, 2017. Read the full article, here. Mayor John Tory comments on...

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A highly successful treatment for opioid addiction. But stigma is holding it back.

“Medication-assisted treatment is often called the gold standard of addiction care. But much of the country has resisted it. If you ask Jordan Hansen why he changed his mind on medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, this is the bottom line. Several years ago, Hansen was against the form of treatment. If you asked him back then what he thought about it, he would have told you that it’s ineffective — and even harmful — for drug users. Like other critics, to Hansen, medication-assisted treatment was nothing more than substituting one drug (say, heroin) with another (methadone).”  – Updated by German Lopez, Vox.com Read the full article here on website:...

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Requirements in Seeking Methadone Treatment

In Canada, there is a prevailing policy on how methadone maintenance treatment should be implemented by those participating in the program. The policy has been in place since 2014 with the introduction of the product that is indicated for use with opioid dependence treatment. Each province is responsible for implementing their respective guidelines for the treatment of opioid addiction using methadone. So what are the things that you should know? Getting Treatment It is common knowledge that methadone treatment in Canada is handled either by private practitioners or treatment centers. There are methadone treatment requirements that must be satisfied before an addict can become part of the program. You need to present proof, like a notarized letter from a physician attesting to the fact that you are receiving methadone. The letter should be written either in English or in French. The name and address that will be used by the patient while seeking treatment in Canada should be specified in the letter. It should also include the travel dates, daily methadone dosage, and other important medical information about the patient. Aside from this the patient must present a proof of identity like a passport as well as the name of the Canadian physician that will administer the treatment. What if you don’t have the...

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Hepatitis C Treatment

Hepatitis C Treatment FACT SHEET Contact the clinic location nearest to you, during regular business hours. Required to have a valid health card. Inform the staff in the clinics that you are here for information about Hepatitis C Treatment. . Overview of the treatment: All clients will be tested for Hepatitis C If they are Hepatitis C positive, they MUST be tested for the type of Hepatitis C and the amount of Virus (Genotype/Viral Load): There are two possible results – the bloodwork will come back with both GT and a Viral Load OR the Viral Load will be “undetected” (meaning that it is either too early to detect, or their body has cleared the virus themselves). TIP: Should re-test at 6 months if the results are “undetected” If an active virus is present we need to do more bloodwork to find out how much fibrosis is in the liver. Currently in our clinics we are testing via a blood test (there is also a Fibroscan which can be used (similar to an ultrasound, but test is not covered by OHIP) – if the bloodwork comes back with a Fibroscore of 2 or higher – both private and public insurance is apt to cover all the treatment costs. If F2 or higher, clinic will...

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Recovery In Focus Memoirs Dana

“My Story is Your Story” Recovery in Focus storytellers. A blend of storytelling, public speaking, media training and being a Lighthouse. Listen to a storyteller build a bridge into a brighter, kinder world (Thunder Bay, Ontario, Spring/Fall 2015)....

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Recovery In Focus Memoirs Emylee

“My Story is Your Story” Recovery in Focus storytellers. A blend of storytelling, public speaking, media training and being a Lighthouse. Listen to a storyteller build a bridge into a brighter, kinder world (Thunder Bay, Ontario, Spring/Fall 2015)....

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Recovery In Focus Memoirs Melissa

“My Story is Your Story” Recovery in Focus storytellers. A blend of storytelling, public speaking, media training and being a Lighthouse. Listen to a storyteller build a bridge into a brighter, kinder world (Thunder Bay, Ontario, Spring/Fall...

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