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Opiates Detox And Treatment In Northwest Territories

How are opioids impacting people in the Northwest Territory?

In 2015 and 2016 the Chief Public Health Officer issued a public health advisory surrounding the dangers connected to fentanyl. In 2016, The Chief Public Health Officer established the North West Territories Opioid Misuse and Overdose Task Group, which was put in place to respond to the ongoing issues related to opioid drug misuse and overdose within the territory. The Department of Health and Services was also increasing its awareness campaigns surrounding the misuse and abuse of opioids. The purpose of these videos and prevention campaigns was to help teach North West Territory residents about the dangers of opioid misuse and abuse. In late 2016, there was a string of opioid-related overdoses that hit different communities throughout the territory, which started this movement of increasing awareness. In 2016, there was four accidental opioid-related overdose deaths, and in 2017, there was one accidental death, because of opioids.

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Opioid addiction may not be that big of a problem here as it is in other parts of the country, but substance abuse problems do impact many of the communities throughout the North West Territory. There are many risks associated with opioid use, that can be dangerous and unpredictable. The immediate risks associated with abusing prescription drugs include addiction, overdose, dependency, and death. Opioids are abused because of the intense euphoric effect the drugs provide, and this is also why they become habit-forming. An opioid overdose can happen to anyone who uses these drugs, and the signs of an overdose include slow or weak breathing, dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, cold and clammy skin, pinpoint pupils, and a possible coma.

Drug Rehab Services can help families and addicts in the North West Territory locate suitable drug treatment services and programs. An opioid addiction must be treated with a properly supervised withdrawal management program or a medically supervised detox. After detox is complete, an addict should go through a residential substance abuse treatment program, which will address all the underlying issues. Most addicts struggle with detox because opioid withdrawals are painful and hard to go through. Because of this, many opioid addicts turn to drugs such as methadone, buprenorphine, or suboxone to help curb the cravings. These types of drugs may help some, but for others, this is simply replacing one addictive substance with another.

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