Ontario Drug Rehab
Survey findings indicate that cocaine is ranked as the third most widely-used drug in Ontario and the rest of Canada, after marijuana and hallucinogens, in the overall need for drug rehab programs for people in the province. The lifetime rates increased significantly within a decade from less than 4% in 1994 to more than 10% in 2004. As for people from Ontario reporting cocaine use in 2004, rates also increased to 1.9% from 0.7% in 1994.
Less than one percent of people from Ontario aged 15 years or older acknowledged having ever tried or used heroin during their lifetime.
Nearly 45% of people in Ontario, Canada reported using marijuana at least once in their lifetime, and just over 14% reported use during the 12 month period prior to the survey. Just over 47% of 18 and 19 year olds confirmed marijuana use within the past year.
The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) reports that 4.5% of students reported past year use of ecstasy in 2005, which was up from 4.1% reported in 2003.
Comparatively, the 2005 Ontario survey showed a decline in past year usage of methamphetamine from 3.3% in 2003 to 2.2% in 2005, but “hard core” cocaine users are reportedly switching to methamphetamine due to its increased street popularity.
Regardless of which type of substance abuse you or your loved one is suffering from in Ontario, call or write to us now and we will assist you in finding a drug rehab that can help.
Canadian Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise
The amount of prescription drug users in Windsor Ontario was recently released and they are surprising figures. This information is based on the number of people seeking treatment for addiction to prescription drugs. Of 1,650 people, 726 people needed assistants kicking the habit, mostly to OxyContin, but some to Percoset. This is over half the people who entered that rehab center in 2009, the last year the data is available. In 2008, there were 1,599 people seeking treatment in the same treatment center
It used to be alcohol uses that have people heading to the rehabilitation and detox centers but now it’s the OxyContin. Its regular people who find they have suffered an injury and then before they know it, they have a prescription pain pill addiction. Teenagers are another group of the population that is growing in numbers of addicts to the pain reliever.
OxyContin, made by the Connecticut based Purdue Pharma Company, was originally dedicated to helping chronically or terminally ill patients manage their pain. This included Cancer patients. The drug worked wonders and pain-management doctors took notice. Doctors began prescribing this opium based drug not only to those people who had chronic, wide-spread pain, but to those with mild or moderate pain. People with severe arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease or other neurological issues were given this pain pill to make them feel better. They started to feel better but over time, it took more and more milligrams of the pain reliever to actually relieve their pain, then one day, the person found they could not live without their OxyContin.
Teenagers do not necessarily take an abundance of pills, it the way they take the time-released caplets that has doctors, parents, teachers and law enforcement worried. Many of the teens who abuse OxyContin will chew a time-release tablet to get all the medication at one time. This is very dangerous because these pills are meant to be swallowed whole and allowed to dissolve slowly in the stomach and to release slowly the medication. Another way these kids are abusing the OxyContin is by crushing the pills, again to release all the medication at once, and then either snorting it or adding a little water to the powder and shooting it.
In a normal individual who is suffering from severe pain, the OxyContin will alleviate the pain and make them feel better and more relaxed. In a teenager or other person who is not in pain, they body will react to the medication differently. At first they will experience an extreme euphoric high and then a really low feeling. Some teens describe their low as a warm sensation or a warm and fuzzy feeling. However, a person could go into cardiac arrest or the drug could stop their breathing if they are overdosing on the time-release tablets. A person who is overdosing on OxyContin will appear to be drunk, he may be slurring his words, sweating and having trouble breathing. This is definitely the time to call for an ambulance or take him to the hospital.
OxyContin in the News
A frightening fact was released at the end of 2010 in Canada – that they are facing the highest per person usage of prescription narcotics from around the world. Because they face double the rate for abuse than the rest of the country, Ontario is setting up a prescription drug screening process comparable to that of the United States’ program. Ontario has seen a jump in the use and abuse of OxyContin by 900% since 1991. This means more people are dying of prescription OxyContin use than are dying of Aids in that region.
Oxycodone is the main ingredient in OxyContin, manufactured by Purdue Pharma of Connecticut in the United States. OxyContin has 10, 20, 40, 60, 80 and 160 mg of oxycondone, and the lesser used Percocet and Percodan have only five milligrams of oxycondone. This is the main reason OxyContin is so addictive. Oxycondone has the same chemical makeup as heroine and cocaine; they are all in the opiate family. OxyContin is a semi-synthetic opiate and will cause addiction if used for long periods of time. Canadian teens are buying this prescription drug on the streets or from friends at school. They could also be pill shopping. This is when a teen visits a clinic with the right complaint and receives a prescription for OxyContin for his aliment. If they do this at several clinics in a week, they are set for a month or so.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) took up the cause of OxyContin abuse in the Untied States after it debuted in 1980’s and saw the prescriptions increase in the 1990’s. The original use for this pain relieving drug was Cancer or terminally ill patients. But pain management clinics and the doctors that run them saw how great the medication was working and began prescribing the drug for ‘off-label’ use. Purdue Pharma encouraged this and said nothing of additions or side effects. When the drug started showing up on the streets across the country, the DEA was reprimanded by the Department of Justice for not doing a better job of keeping the prescription drugs off the streets and out of the hands of teens and drug addicts. The DEA responded by launching a War on Drugs.
Some of the DEA’s strategy included undercover work, paid informants and asset forfeiture. They began rounding up prescription drug rings; however, they also damaged the delicate doctor-patient relationship. The DEA were, and still are, pursuing and prosecuting many helpful doctors.
Since Canada is having a much tougher time with their prescription drug abuse in the streets, especially with the OxyContin, they are adopting and adapting some of the United States and the DEA’s program policies to clean up their streets and help to save the lives of their teenagers under the spell of this harmful painkiller.
Back in the U.S. there is an informational support system in the group Relatives Against Purdue Pharma (RAPP) which was organized by the Mother of Eddie Bisch. There are many stories of people who were fighting addiction to OxyContin, and lost, up on this website. There is also much information regarding the makers of the drug. RAPP has staged protests outside the Connecticut Purdue Pharma’s offices and lobbied for tougher legislation on prescription drugs getting into the wrong hands.
Ontario Drug Rehab Centers
There are many different kinds of drug rehabs or drug treatment centers and drug rehab programs.
We will provide you with as much drug rehab information and drug addiction treatment information as possible including specific information about each type of drug rehab, and how to get into inpatient drug rehab centers that will work for all kinds of drug and alcohol addiction.
A good drug rehab typically will last for a minimum of 3 months or more. These give the person a much higher rate of success; there is no ‘quick fix’ for alcohol and drug addiction…
Completely drug-free rehabilitation is the only way to help someone overcome their drug addiction and get back their life and happiness. Substituting one form of addiction for another is not drug rehab and does not help the individual–it only makes money for the legal drug dealers and in fact adds to the existing problem.
Addiction can be overcome and we can help!