Archive for October, 2015

Canada Health Care; Get in Line Option

Canada Health Care

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If one wishes to understand what the problem is with helping drug addicts from all walks of life in Canada it’s best to start with knowing what our healthcare system is. In Canada we have a group of “socialized” health insurance plans, these are intended to provide coverage to ALL Canadians. The administration of this system is ran on a provincial and territorial basis, publicly funded and handled with guidelines as established by the federal government.

Interesting enough under this care system, each citizen is provided medical treatment and preventive care by primary physicians, including access to hospitals, surgery and other medical services. All Canadians qualify for health coverage, despite their medical history, income or lifestyle. As taken off of Health Canada’s own website page on their “mission and vision”:

“Health Canada is committed to improving the lives of all of Canada’s people and to making this country’s population among the healthiest in the world as measured by longevity, lifestyle and effective use of the public health care system.”

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/activit/about-apropos/index-eng.php

Get in Line Option

If this is the case, then how is it that there are hundreds of thousands of Canadians suffering from addiction that cannot get the help that they are actually asking for? It’s a well-known fact that if you don’t have $5000 to $20000 for private residential treatment than the only option is, GET IN LINE! There are families across Canada that are dealing with a relative’s addiction and when they attempt to contact a government run facility it’s like traveling through a bee hive.

Drug Rehab Backlogs

People with addiction to drugs such as heroin, cocaine, crack and even prescription drugs are not getting the instant service that is needed. In fact many are told that they first need an assessment, which makes sense but instead of entering that day into treatment the person is told to fill out a variety of forms, then to come to another appointment for further assessment and this is then followed by “you have to wait until a bed is available…” In other words GET IN LINE.

Reaching out for Addiction Treatment

When addiction is at the point where the addict has reached out for help it should be available right there and then. You can’t put an addict on hold with substance abuse, most can’t stay away from their drug of choice for more than a day or so because of the withdrawal symptoms that some drugs have. When the drug is not taken, the body’s depleted nutrition kicks in, soar muscles, anxieties, shakes, tremors, aches and pains, mood swings, and a list of other side effects from not having the drug that numbs the body and mind. In many instances government facilities will even state that the addict must be clean for 3 to 4 days before entering their rehab. This makes no sense, if an addict can stay clean for that amount of time why would he or she enter a rehab?

Solution for Drug Rehabilitation

Even though the funded treatment centers are unable to care for the demand across the country they still manage to help some people live sober lives. If the government wants more tax money than it should handle the hundreds of thousands that are suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. If each were given a real chance at sobriety as stated in Health Canada’s mission statement and vision, these recovered addicts would be working, buying homes, raising families, contributing to the productivity of our society and paying taxes.

Until then, relatives of a drug addict can do something by encouraging the addict to seek help and use the private system but also write to your politician to change the system for substance abuse and make it so everyone can achieve sober living.

 

Canadian Prescription Drug Abuse

Canadian Prescription Drug Abuse;
the Ongoing Battle

Prescription drug abue

Prescription drugs, by which we mean any over-the-counter medication and prescribed medication by a physician, intended to ease a specified pain or general physical ailment. This has now moved over into practically any type of medication that is intended for a physical condition that gives a mental and / or physical side effect; such as, dizziness, sleepy or drowsy feeling, etc. But it is the opioid medications that are the most abuse presently all across Canada. In a recent study it was noted that Canada currently ranks second to the U.S. in prescription opioid abuse.

Pain Medication

Not every abuser began as a recreational drug user, many of the pain medications such as; OxyContin, Percocet even T-3’s (Tylonol-3), Morphine and Fentanyl are prescribed for an existing conditions. The person taking these, even when following the dosage to the letter, began their dependency to the drug way before they realized they were addicted.

This real problem of abusing painkilling drugs exists because of a lack of information on dealing with pain. Because the medical profession has not resolved the issue of pain, the only solution for people is to cope with the pain by numbing or suppressing the person’s awareness of the pain during healing and recovery from a surgery or accident. But when a person continues to experience the pain their only option is to take more medications. The body will become accustomed to this numbing effect and when the drug is not taken there is a resulting increase in pain awareness and in a lot of cases withdrawal pain, a vicious cycle is now begun of more pain medication ending up with addiction.

Recreational Painkiller Drugs

When these painkilling drugs are taken for recreational above its recommended dosage, the effects are amplified and the abuser gets a sense of euphoria or a feeling of being high. They have often been referred to as the poor man’s heroin. When pain drugs, or opiates, are abused and the person becomes addicted the withdrawal can be very difficult and painful in itself, if not done properly. In many case of Oxy or Fentanyl abuse the person is advised to go through a medical detoxification prior to their drug rehab program. During withdrawal the person’s physical well-being can be at risk and normally require a medical staff on standby for monitoring purposes.

It is actually quite easy to get prescribed a pain medication, one simply need to see their doctor and say they have a pain, after examination and finding nothing physically wrong or sometimes no examination is done you get prescribed a pain drug, usually accompanied by some anti-depressant to cope with this undiagnosed pain.

But for people with legitimate pain conditions (based on past accidents or surgeries) society to this date has no answers. It should be noted this article is not referring to someone with a physical disability, or a disease that is attacking the nerve tissues or other such conditions. It is also noted that this is not a medical opinion or diagnosis, it is simply a statement of observable facts in today’s society and to present other options for people to look into in the hopes that it brings relief and helps to cut down on the abuse of opioid pain medication for Canadians.

It should also be noted that not everyone gets addicted to their prescription pain medication, there exist many people who have been on painkilling drugs for 2 or 3 weeks and stopped and handled the balance of recovery with natural and rational approaches as dictated by their doctors, etc.

 
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