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Opiates Detox And Treatment In Manitoba

How are opioids impacting Manitoba?

In 2016, the province of Manitoba created a new task force to address the opioid problem spreading across the province. Over $500,000 was invested in this task force to help save the lives of people using opioids, such as fentanyl. Part of this task force was to help expand the services available to opioid addicts and their families, and help reduce wait times in the province. However, Manitoba does have the second-longest wait times in the country for drug and alcohol treatment. Opioids are within the four most commonly used drugs within the province, and these different types of pain medications are wreaking havoc on families and individuals in the province. The misuse of opioids will cause an overdose, and in many cases, a person in the province was prescribed opioids to help relieve pain, and eventually became addicted to it. Anyone who is prescribed opioid medication for a long time will develop a tolerance for the drug, and this tolerance will lead to a dependency or addiction. Illegal opioids that are purchased from drug dealers can be more dangerous because they could be laced with fentanyl.

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The un-used prescription opioids find their way into the wrong hands, and end up being sold and abused by addicts. This is a common problem in Manitoba, especially among young people who can access these un-used opioids from someone they may know. In 2017, the number of prescriptions given for opioid went up, but as of late, prescribing doctors in Manitoba has been keeping a closer eye on what is being prescribed and who is getting it. Anyone struggling with opioid addiction in Manitoba should reach out for help, and Drug Rehab Services can help addicts or their families locate the best possible treatment services in the province. Between 2016 and 2018, the province of Manitoba has seen increasing amounts of opioid-related hospitalizations, overdoses, and overdose deaths. The publicly-funded sector is working to help lessen the wait times, but private drug treatment centers in the province will not have wait times.

Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Manitoba

Opioids are drugs that help relieve pain, and different brands and types can be prescribed to treat varying levels of pain. Some common opioids include fentanyl, morphine, methadone, codeine, and oxycodone, and heroin is a common illegal opioid, but prescription-grade heroin is used in hospitals. Opioids are very addictive and will cause intense physical and psychological dependencies that are difficult to treat. The physical dependency will create withdrawal pains when the user stops taking the drug, and therefore, these dependencies become severe. Withdrawal management programs or a medically supervised detox in Manitoba should be the first step in treatment. After detox, an addict should attend an inpatient or outpatient drug rehabilitation center.

Opioids abused in Manitoba can be laced into other drugs such as cocaine, crystal meth, club drugs, and even marijuana. Large amounts of opioids will cause reparatory arrest, which is part of an overdose and can lead to death. People who have never used opioids have died from using drugs that were laced with fentanyl. The fentanyl being found in Canada is being imported from China, where it is made in a lab and is far stronger than what is prescribed in a hospital. Anyone struggling with opioid addiction in Manitoba can contact Drug Rehab Services to help locate a suitable substance abuse treatment program in the province.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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