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Opiates Detox And Treatment In Yukon

How are Opioids impacting Yukon?

Since 2016 in the Yukon Territory, there have been 16 people killed due to accidental opioid overdose, and out of that 16, 12 deaths involved fentanyl. In 2018, there have been two deaths confirmed caused by opioids, and on a per-capita basis, the Yukon territory does rank 3rd across the country as having the most opioid-related deaths. The Yukon government began recording these numbers in 2016 when the first fentanyl-related death occurred. The Department of Health in the territory is continually working to increase awareness, ensure the proper prevention measures are there, and effective publicly funded treatment programs. The territory is also receiving funding from the federal government to help curb the problem, and invest in more substance abuse treatment services. With all this being done, the Yukon may still be seeing an upward trend with the amount of opioid-related deaths in the territory. The Chief Medical Officer of Health has noted that the Whitehorse hospital emergency room is often treating one or two patients each week for an opioid overdose. The different types of opioids can include heroin, fentanyl, and methadone.

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Many of the people being treated in local emergency rooms for opioid-related causes often take multiple drugs. Abusing opioids with other drugs such as alcohol, or benzodiazepines will only increase the risk for an overdose. Many health officials noticed the sharp increase in opioid-related overdose and deaths between 2016 and 2017, and believe that there will still be an upward trend. Many of the opioid overdose deaths throughout Canada involved street drugs that were laced with opioids such as fentanyl. Drug Rehab Services can help opioid users in Yukon find a suitable substance abuse treatment service. It is important to always reach out for help; the proper treatment services are there to help addicts and their families.

Why are un-used opioid prescriptions dangerous?

These types of drugs are often prescribed to treat varying levels of pain, and when taken responsibly, the user will not typically finish their prescription, because the pain has been managed. Un-used opioid prescription often ends up being sold on the street, because someone found them and stole them. It is important to store opioid medications in a safe place that is out of reach from teens and children and keep track of the amount left. Never share these medications with anyone else, as this will cause serious harm. Return any un-used medications to the pharmacy for safe disposal, and this will help prevent the possibility of illegal use.


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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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