A police policy of not making arrests for simple possession is a way to essentially decriminalize personal drug use. However, confiscating drugs — even without arrests — can be harmful in many ways.
Humans have attempted to understand and treat mental illness for centuries – from ancient Greek medicine, Middle Ages exorcisms and the rise of asylums, to modern medical breakthroughs.
Prescription medications can help people with opioid use disorder avoid the risks of relapse and overdose. But stigma based on misperceptions about addiction limits their use.
Most consumables in Canada have quality controls that inform purchasing and consumption decisions. People who use illicit drugs deserve the same. Drug checking provides that harm-reduction service.
Harm reduction is grounded in evidence. But policies, stigma and ignorance about substance use still create barriers in battling Canada’s drug poisoning crisis.
The study found that people were more likely to binge drink on the days they were in a good mood.
Unlike opioid drugs like morphine and fentanyl that travel throughout the body, the opioids your body produces are released in small quantities to specific locations.
Higher levels of income inequality in youth are associated with increased ‘deaths of despair’ in young Canadians.
The flesh-eating drug Xylazine is causing havoc in the US. Now it’s in the UK.
Barbara Lynch’s alleged bullying of her employees is only the latest in a string of high-profile chef scandals. Two scholars explore how this behavior became normalized in kitchens across the US.
Nature-based programmes are a way to support people with drug and alcohol problems at a time when health problems related to substance use are rising.
Alcohol and drug addiction impacts families as well as the people afflicted. Some First Nations-led centres involve families in their patients’s treatment, with beneficial outcomes.
So-called ‘limbic capitalism’ uses social media to target the brain’s reward centres. In the process it escalates health threats to the most vulnerable consumers.
Addiction to social media can affect the emotional well-being of adolescents and young adults. But staying offline — even for only a few hours a day — can help.
Judy Ryan’s book describes, in meticulous detail, what it took for the Victorian government to trial the state’s first safe injecting facility, through the lens of a local Richmond resident.
Decriminalization helps recharacterize drug addiction as a chronic health condition instead of a criminal activity, reduces the stigma associated with drug use and improves treatment options.
With few regulations in place, gambling companies are going all-in to attract as many customers as possible – with younger, sports-obsessed and smartphone-savvy Americans particularly vulnerable.
In the past, typical clients tended to be retirees living on fixed incomes who played slots and card games.
As British Columbia begins a new era in drug policy, the drug poisoning crisis continues without an end in sight.
New York City’s plan has garnered the most attention – and criticism – but several cities are expanding their own intervention programs.