High-Dose Opioid Deaths A Bigger Concern for Men

The dangers of opioid medications like oxycodone, hydromorphone and morphine are becoming more and more well known thanks to countless studies, but it would seem that men are at a higher risk than women for death as a result of chronic use of these types of medications for non-cancer related conditions as well as short-term and long-term injuries. The study was conducted by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the results showed that one in 45 men ramped up their dose to 200 milligrams of morphine or it’s equivalent, whereas one in 70 women did the same. The study indicated that for those people who elevated their dose in such a way were 24 times more likely to die from complications related to the medications versus those who did not increase their dose in such a way.… Read the rest »

Beer King and Burger Beer Coming To The U.K.

A Burger King restaurant in the U.K. can now server beer with a meal, which has local government officials and police worried about the possible ramifications, and rightly so. However, before we get too caught up in the possibilities of future implications, lets look at what might happen in the immediate “aftermath” of alcohol being served at a fast food joint.

First off, it should be pointed out that the local government or “council”, has granted a permit for the Burger King restaurant in Bury St Edmunds’ St Andrew’s Street to only serve beer, and the beer will only have an alcohol content of 5%, not bad. While I was looking through a few news articles about this I noticed that other Burger King restaurants in the U.K.… Read the rest »

Safe Injection Sites Canada Wide: A Solution to Tragic Overdoses, But More Needs to Be Done

Safe injection sites are, to say the least, politically controversial. We have one in Vancouver, but the previous government made efforts to shut it down, and when the Supreme Court prevented this, imposed very strict guidelines that many believe would prevent other such sites from opening across the country. We have a new government now, and during the election the Liberal party seemed in favor of more sites like the one in Vancouver opening in various cities across Canada. For the sake of this blog post, I will offer my own opinion on the matter and you can make of it what you’d like.

Insite in Vancouver offers a safe place for addicts to take drugs while being monitored by medical professionals.… Read the rest »