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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…

Happy Nurses Week!

Nursing Week is a time to recognize the year-round dedication and achievements of Registered Nurses (RNs), Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs), and to increase awareness of their contributions to the well-being of Canadians. This year, Nursing Week runs from May 7th to May 13th and the theme…

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…

Keeping Students Motivated as Spring Blooms

For young students, the academic year seems like a long time, and their ability to stay focused could diminish during the spring months.  In all fairness, playing outside and shedding layers the cold weather requires does seem appealing after a long winter. Just because the temperature rises outside doesn’t mean…

Central LHIN Patient, Caregiver & Resident Engagement Survey – Closes May 4th.

Integrated Health Services Plan 2019-2022 Caring Communities, Healthier People The Central Local Health Integration Network (Central LHIN) is pleased to launch the first of many engagement opportunities as we embark on the next 3-year business planning cycle for the Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP): 2019-2022. The Central LHIN develops an…

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”…

World Health Day 2018: Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere.

The World Health Organization was founded on the principle that all people should be able to realize their right to the highest possible level of health. “Health for all” has therefore been their guiding vision for more than seven decades. It’s also the impetus behind the current organization-wide drive to…

Spring as a Season of Cleansing and Renewal

6 Tips for Spring Cleansing and Renewal 1. Become Current in Your Life Spring is a time to shed your former self and shift the habits that hinder your progress toward optimal health. It is a season to embrace yourself honestly as you look at all of your habits and…

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…