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Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky – Vasily Perov (1872). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

How Dostoevsky overcame his gambling addiction

Dostoevsky’s sudden recovery from his gambling mania is an example of how a chance happening can change everything
Research shows a strong link between screen time and mental health concerns, including anxiety and depression. (Shutterstock)

Excessive social media use during the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated adolescent mental health challenges

During the pandemic, many people relied on social media for distraction and social connection. However, excessive social media use can negatively affect mental health, especially for young people.
Calixcoca, a vaccine created in Brazil that is in the final stages of study, helps to reduce the compulsion to use drugs and could be an important tool in the package of treatments against addiction - which also includes psychiatric, psychological and social assistance support and help from the family. AP Photo/Felipe Dana

Crack vaccine research we did on rats could help babies of mothers who use cocaine – and reduce addiction

Calixcoca, which is in the final stages of study, could be a tool in the addiction treatment package.
Approaching the opioid crisis from a public health perspective includes massively increasing access to care and treatment for patients experiencing substance use disorder. (Shutterstock)

The roots of the North American opioid crisis, and 3 key strategies for stopping it

There were more than 100,000 opioid-related deaths in North America in 2022. How the crisis grew to such proportions, and three potential paths to ending it.
People march to remember those who died during the drug poisoning crisis on International Overdose Awareness Day, in Vancouver, on Aug. 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Decriminalization: How police drug seizure, even without arrest, can create harms

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.
A nurse dispenses liquid Methadose, an FDA-approved medication that helps people addicted to opioids. Whitney Hayward/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

Myths about will power and moral weakness keep people with opioid use disorder from receiving effective medications like methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone

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.
Drug checking is a harm reduction practice that provides chemical analysis of substances. Fentanyl test strips help drug users ensure that substances are free of dangerous fentanyl. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Scaling up community drug-checking services in B.C. could help respond to the overdose crisis

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.
Resistance to policies like safe supply still create barriers for vulnerable people, despite evidence that harm reduction saves lives. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Let evidence, not opinion, guide harm reduction policy and practice in Canada’s drug poisoning crisis

Harm reduction is grounded in evidence. But policies, stigma and ignorance about substance use still create barriers in battling Canada’s drug poisoning crisis.

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