Opioid injecting linked to substantial rise in bacterial heart infections

A study of people who inject drugs found a significant increase in the risk of infective endocarditis, a serious infection of the lining of...

Hospital program brings rapid-access addiction medicine to clinics across Ontario

By Jen Brailsford In 2017, more than 1,200 opioid-related deaths were reported in Ontario—up from 867 in 2016. As these numbers continue to climb, the...

Scientist receives funding for smoking vaccine

By Maggie Frampton Ontario has higher rates of smoking than the provincial and national average. Over 45,000 Canadians die from smoking related diseases each year....

A new detox at home for substance use clients

By Sheryl Gray Addiction doesn’t discriminate, so why should we? Addiction affects all walks of life…people with families, jobs, disabilities…it’s not always possible for people to...

New e-Prescribing service to help increase patient safety

At the recent Charting the Future of Drug Policy in Canada conference, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, talked about the important role that...

Solving Canada’s opioid epidemic

By all accounts we are in the midst of a deadly drug epidemic so severe and widespread few people in North America will remain...

Videoconferencing technology bridges gaps in mental healthcare

By Peri Elmokadem For a patient with an #addiction problem, timing is everything. The sooner their health care professionals can get them on their way...

Telemedicine pilot improves withdrawal management care

Since the late 1990s, the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) has offered two-way videoconferencing to increase access to patient care and education for health care...

How mindfulness helps prevent addiction relapse

Two years ago, Doug McCaslin was leading a double life. The 65-year-old was splitting his time between his home in Toronto and a job...

Toronto researchers develop world’s first app to help treat alcohol withdrawal

Conditions related to the consumption of alcohol, such as #alcohol withdrawal, are among the most common problems encountered in emergency departments around the world,...

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