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Hamilton music community hosts overdose training as opioid crisis grips city

Event is happening at This Ain’t Hollywood in downtown Hamilton tonight “Ace Piva knows the dangers of opioid addiction all too well. He’s seen it up close — both as a tour manager across Canada, and as an addictions counsellor in Hamilton. Now, as overdoses and deaths due to opioid use continue to mount across the city, Piva has launched an addiction and recovery nonprofit organization specifically for the music industry. It’s called Over the Bridge — a nod to the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ breakout hit Under the Bridge, which was written about addiction, loneliness and dependency. Tonight, Piva is hosting a naloxone training and overdose prevention awareness event at This Ain’t Hollywood, in an effort to save lives in an industry where the party rarely stops…” By Adam Carter, CBC News – Read full story on CBC website,...

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Keys Facts About the Opioid Addiction

    The media attention across North America is shining a light on the epidemic that some are saying is worse than any we have seen in past 30 years. The country’s opioid addiction epidemic is fueled by prescription addiction, synthetic drugs, and the extremely addictive heroin drug. We need to arm ourselves with information to fight against this issue. Here are some key facts you should know: Synthetic fentanyl, not prescription, may have a higher potency than normal fentanyl. It is sometimes pressed into fake pills such as OxyContin or Xanax but can also be found mixed into other street drugs like heroin. Most people are unaware that they are consuming fentanyl when it is laced with other drugs. According to a police report on fentanyl, bootleg fentanyl is about 40 times more potent than heroin and 100...

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Ways to Transmit Hepatitis C

    Many people are unclear on how Hepatitis C is transmitted. Hepatitis C is able to be transmitted through indirect sources. Hepatitis C can by transferred through any item that carries the virus, even if it is indirect. Let us educate you on potential ways that Hepatitis C can be transmitted so you can protect yourself. Hepatitis C is contagious. It is mainly transmitted via blood-to-blood transfer. This transmission can occur by Sharing Needles – the most significant risk behaviour is drug use. The sharing of contaminated needles and other drug equipment puts you at risk of infection. Acupuncture & Tattoo Needles – without proper sterilization, needles can carry the virus. Being put into your skin for treatment can allow for the Hepatitis C virus to be transferred. (not only the needles but the ink can also carry the...

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CATC – partnering to improve lives of patients

CATC – partnering to improve lives of patients. . Click the video or here to...

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Recovery Day to bring awareness, support and hope

Tara Edeh from the Ontario Addiction Treatment Centres and founder of Recovery Day, Annie McCullough shed light on Recovery Day dedicated to help out people coming out of any kind of addictions. – video courtesy of BT Breakfast Television. . Click here to view...

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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...

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