This past Friday, I had the opportunity to appear on CBC Radio One's 'The Current' with Anna Tremonti for an episode discussing the rise in Methadone prescribing in Ontario, and whether it has gone too far. The segment, entitled "Methadone treatment overused in Ontario, addiction experts warn", was guest hosted by journalist Connie Walker, and featured guests Dr. David Marsh of the Northern Ontario School Of Medicine, Dr. Benedikt Fischer of the Centre For Addiction And Mental Health, as well as myself.
A pair of articles from the London Free Press has highlighted a disturbing 400% increase in heart valve infections since 2009 amongst intravenous Hydromorph Contin users in London, Ontario.
The recent reports on the appearance of a previously unseen synthetic opioid known as "W-18" by the Calgary Police and Health Canada have raised some serious concerns and fears of overdose. The drug itself is estimated to be 100 times more potent than Fentantyl, and 10,000 times more potent than morphine. But what is it, and why is it even here? Hint: The war on drugs plays a BIG role.
For those of you who've never experienced what it's like to down a dose of Methadone, let me give you a quick idea; it's best taken all in one go, like you would a shot of Tequila. If you pay attention to the patients just after they've ingested their Methadone, you'll often catch a few of the faces puckering up in reaction to the bitter taste. When the dose itself is prepared by the pharmacist, it must be diluted prior to being dispensed to the patient. But the amount of liquid added as a diluting agent can pose problems for some patients when it comes to downing their dose...and keeping it there.
Sometimes I close my eyes and picture to myself what it would be like to exist in a world without all of the harms and fouls from the 'war on drugs.' I've thought about this place many times before; it has become like my own little utopia.
You may or may not have heard about the recent spat over police involvement with harm reduction outreach in Toronto. If not here is a brief article about this new “partnership” involving the Toronto Police Service.
Before the New Year arrives, I wanted to give an update on how I've been fairing as a non-smoker. I've successfully made it just under 50 days smoke-free now, and it feels amazing. While I struggled through the process of quitting, now that I'm over the biggest hump I've been absolutely fascinated by how little of it was actually physical, and just how much was psychological
Wow, another year has come to an end already. This past year has been full of ups and downs, amazing opportunities, and plenty of new connections and friendships. Here, you'll find links to all the posts and fun that happened throughout 2015. Happy Holidays!
Ever since I managed to kick my habit of injecting opiates and found a path back to recovery, I've desperately wanted to add cigarettes to the list of substances I'm no longer actively addicted to. Over the years, my relationship with Cigarettes had become abusive, and I was no longer happy. I had made several attempts to break it off and leave, but Cigarettes would have absolutely none of it. Our toxic relationship was effecting my health, causing problems in my chest and lungs, and leaving me feeling down and defeated. Yet try as I might, I just wasn't able to completely break it off and make the big leap into a tobacco-free life... until now.
A new formulation of Naloxone has received FDA 'Fast Track' designation for the treatment of opioid overdose.
By K. Lanktree
- Freelance Writer -
- Blog Mistress -
- Former IV Drug User -
- Methadone Patient -
- Lover of all things Harm Reduction -
Help keep 'Studio L' online by donating to help offset the costs! Thanks💋