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Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?

Did you know? Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), can DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES of successfully quitting smoking versus willpower alone. What’s more – if you stay smoke-free for your first week of quitting, you’re 9x more likely to quit for good. We can help you get through that crucial first week. The…

Another Overdose Alert as More Purple Heroin Found in Ontario

Health officials in Waterloo Region are issuing an overdose alert after a purple substance believed to be fentanyl was seized during a police investigation. Waterloo authorities say the substance found is said to have a playdough-like consistency with a purple tinge. It’s currently undergoing testing, but officials think it may…

What Does Recovery Look Like?

Despite popular belief, recovery does not necessarily mean that someone has achieved abstinence from their addictive behaviour. Instead, recovery is about improving one’s quality of life through a journey of self-discovery and growth. For some this may include a plan of abstinence, yet for others it may be about achieving…

Talking to Kids About Drugs

It is never too early to start talking to kids about drugs. Substance use is part of life and children who talk with their parents about drug use start to form their own opinions. Explanations and early conversations about chewable vitamin tablets are a good place to start. Children may…

Your Quit Smoking Plan

Being prepared and making a personal quit plan will help you quit smoking for good. Eight tips to making quitting easier Make a list List all the reasons why you want to quit and keep the list close by for when you are tempted to smoke. Think of your: Family…

Stay Hydrated with Water

Water is essential to life. Getting enough water every day is important for your health and is the best way to quench your thirst. Why do I need water? Our bodies lose water by sweating, breathing and getting rid of waste. If you lose more fluid than you take in,…

6 Types of Animals Used for Therapy

While the most common therapy animal is dogs, the use of other animals in therapy is on the rise. We know how our pets help us get through life. Whether trained or not, owning and caring for pets provides a certain amount of therapy and proven health benefits. Most therapy…

Health Canada Moves to Ban Non-Prescription Codeine Sales

In Niagara Falls, N.Y., it is legally impossible to buy codeine painkillers without a doctor’s approval. In Canada, however, codeine is widely available without a prescription. In 2013, Canadian pharmacies stocked their shelves with more than $16 million worth of non-prescription codeine, according to estimates by health data company IMS…

What are RAAM Clinics?

Substance use is very common among Canadians. Most of us use at least one substance, such as: alcohol, opioids, cannabis, cocaine or benzodiazepines; it can be an important part of social life. However, when substance use leads to a hospital visit, it may be a sign that substance use is…

Sun Safety Basics

Most of us like to work, play, and relax outside on a sunny day. But too much sun and heat can be harmful, so be careful! Protect against UV rays all year round It is important to protect against UV rays all year round, not just in the summer. Reflections…