Addiction

What Are Pain Pills?

Pain pills are medicine used to relieve pain. Certain pain medications help with milder types of pain such as headaches, menstrual cramps and sore muscles. These include acetaminophen and ibuprofen. There are other pain medications that contain opioids, a family of drugs that have powerful effects. They can be very…

Ontario Moving Quickly to Expand Life-Saving Overdose Prevention Programs

Ontario is expanding access to addiction and harm reduction services across the province, as the latest data shows that opioid-related deaths continue to rise. There were 1,053 opioid-related deaths in Ontario from January to October 2017, compared with 694 during the same time period in 2016 — this represents a…

Mental Health Week: Investing Where Change Happens

  From May 7 to 12, Addiction Services for York Region and our provincial association, Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO), are joining our partners across the province to raise awareness about the importance of mental health. This year, during Mental Health Week, we are getting loud about the need…

Gambling & Internet Gaming

The popularity of gambling as a form of entertainment has dramatically increased over time. While most gambling is harmless, some people do become “hooked” on it just as some people become dependent on alcohol. Similarly, internet gaming is played using personal devices and computers through the Internet. The term “gaming”…

Drug Addiction Myths

These myths about the addicted stigmatize them and can sabotage interventions. Addiction is a choice. Recovery isn’t as simple as exercising enough willpower. People do not choose to become addicted any more than they choose to have cancer. Genetics makes up about half the risk of addiction; environmental factors such…

About the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides some legal protection for individuals who seek emergency help during an overdose. The act became law on May 4, 2017. It complements the new Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy, our comprehensive public health approach to substance use. Harm reduction is a key part of the strategy…

Reasons to Say No to Drugs

People have many reasons for using drugs, and your teenager may be considering some of them. They also may have misconceptions about how many people are using drugs. Talking to them about why they can choose to say no is one of the best ways you can help them. Use…

What is Binge Drinking?

Researchers define binge drinking as having many drinks on one occasion: five or more drinks for a male, or four or more drinks for a female. A standard drink is defined as: Young people who binge drink are especially at risk. This is because they are less familiar with the…