As some of you may already know, the month of September is Addiction Recovery Month! To celebrate, raise awareness and reduce stigma, IHaveWill.com has issued a challenge! The gauntlet has been thrown.
Each year, the 31st of August marks an important date. It's a topic that I've touched upon with several articles in the past, and one that needs to be even more widely discussed. Do YOU know what August 31st is?
Despite my best intentions of updating you on my progress with Entry #3 much sooner than this, I hit a bit of an unexpected roadblock; leaving me without a whole lot to give an update on. But now that things are back on track, I am ready to fill you in on exactly how I have faired in the 3 since my last entry.
The 2014 holiday season in Canada is set to mark the arrival of a very different sort. Approximately 200 opiate addicts in British Columbia will receive legally prescribed laboratory-manufactured Heroin all the way from Europe. After a long drawn out legal battle over the right to access this treatment, prescription heroin (or diacetylmorphine), is on track to be legally available to eligible patients by the end of the year; just in time for Christmas.
How did this landmark decision in Canadian addiction treatment become possible? Let's take a look back...
Yesterday I received (the first ever!) Blog Mail! And am I ever excited to share some pictures and information about what I received! So let's take a look...
It is not a dangerous medication. It has no potential for abuse or dependency. If administered to an opiate naive person, or someone who is not at risk of overdose, they will generally experience no side effects. In the worst case scenario it does absolutely nothing, but in the best case scenario it saves a person from overdose. So why has this 'overdose antidote' not been made more widely available and accessible during a time when drug overdoses now kill more people in the United States than car accidents?
Misconceptions are rampant amongst harm reduction initiatives. One of the most common misconceptions is that these types of initiatives actually encourage use and do more harm than good. Of course these misconceptions are no different when it comes to Naloxone distribution and over the counter use.
As of February 1st, 2014, the province of British Columbia changed to a new and different formulation of the lifesaving medication known as 'Methadone'. On September 1st, the province of Ontario is set to follow BC's lead, also changing MMT patients from Methadone to the newer version, known as 'Methadose'. However a portion of British Columbia's patients have already reported this new formulation is not as effective as the old version. Is Ontario headed for trouble by following BC's substitution therapy switch-up?
Currently in Ontario, Methadone comes as a powder that requires compounding by each individual pharmacy (generally at 5mg/ml) prior to dispensing the liquid to patients. In order to cut down on any possible discrepancies in the Methadone mixture strength between pharmacies, as well as to combat diversion and illegal sales, Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long Term Care announced a revised policy for the dispensing and reimbursement of Methadone through the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) Formulary, paving the way for the switch.
The new formulation known as 'Methadose' comes as a premixed syrup from manufacturer Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, compounded at a stronger concentration of 10mg/ml, and available in two varieties; dye-free sugar-free flavourless, and cherry flavour. However the dose will still be diluted with Tang prior to ingestion by the patient.
The big question is of course, will this change cause or have any negative effects on MMT patients and their recovery? Mallimckrodt, The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, as well as many physicians and pharmacists have all been quick to reassure patients that the transition will be smooth, and the only notable difference between the 'done and the 'dose is in volume/concentration, viscosity, colour and possibly taste.
That all sounds well and good until you begin to dig a little deeper, uncovering reports and complaints from BC's recently transitioned Methadose patients which seem to fly directly in the face of the claims of equal effiacy.
At the end of Entry #1 we covered my very first attempt at vaping! I shared my starter eCig, my first purchase of (way too expensive) eJuice, and my first night of vaping. A whole bunch of firsts! No longer am I an eCig and vaping virgin! I also let you know I was going to be making a trip out to this little local vaping store I had been hearing so much about - and they certainly did not disappoint!
By K. Lanktree
- Freelance Writer -
- Blog Mistress -
- Former IV Drug User -
- Methadone Patient -
- Lover of all things Harm Reduction -
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