Below are past articles previously published in Drugs & Addiction Magazine. These are filled with current and relevant information and statistics and can be used as great conversation starters with youth.
It’s Bell Let’s Talk Day!January 30, 2019
Former Insys CEO pleads guilty to opioid kickback schemeJanuary 17, 2019
Resolve to Detox Your Social CircleJanuary 16, 2019
Easing test anxiety boosts low-income students’ biology gradesJanuary 15, 2019
Craving insight into addictionJanuary 14, 2019
People with low self-esteem tend to seek support in ways that backfire, study findsJanuary 10, 2019
Ban on cigarette sales in NYC pharmacies starts Jan. 1January 9, 2019
Too many problems? Maybe coping isn’t the answerJanuary 8, 2019
Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14January 3, 2019
Sexting TeensDecember 19, 2018
Screen Addiction: Today’s Biggest Threat to Schooling?December 19, 2018
Texting Etiquette & Safety: 5 Rules for Keeping Your Kids & Teens Secure & Drama-FreeDecember 17, 2018
Amnesty International: Indigenous Peoples’ rightsDecember 17, 2018
New Canadians sworn in as Winnipeg museum celebrates International Human Rights DayDecember 13, 2018
Statement by the Prime Minister on Human Rights DayDecember 12, 2018
Fentanyl is the deadliest drug in America, CDC confirmsDecember 12, 2018
The Illustrated Version of the Universal Declaration of Human RightsDecember 11, 2018
Homeless man with terminal cancer donates to holiday toy driveDecember 10, 2018
Boy gets Colorado town to overturn snowball fight banDecember 6, 2018
Fortnite addiction is forcing kids into video game rehabDecember 5, 2018
Clarity on CannabisDecember 4, 2018
Mental health education recommended for RCMP members following inquestNovember 30, 2018
Social Media – 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based ViolenceNovember 28, 2018
Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based ViolenceNovember 27, 2018
#GIVINGTUESDAY TODAY ONLY YOUR GIFT CAN BE MATCHEDNovember 27, 2018
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based ViolenceNovember 26, 2018
#ENDViolence in schoolsNovember 23, 2018
Statement by Minister MacLeod on National Child DayNovember 22, 2018
November 20th marks National Children’s Day across CanadaNovember 21, 2018
National Child DayNovember 20, 2018
Facts & FiguresNovember 16, 2018
The Push For Change®November 15, 2018
Winter Giving 101November 14, 2018
First came the stroke, then the inspiration…November 13, 2018
Canadian Youth Speakers Bureau: Scott HammellNovember 9, 2018
John Connors’ brilliant IFTA Award speechNovember 9, 2018
Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help PhoneNovember 8, 2018
This teen pizzeria employee traveled 3 hours to deliver pizza to a man with terminal cancerNovember 6, 2018
Video captures joyful law student’s reaction to passing her bar examNovember 5, 2018
MADD Canada launches annual red ribbon campaign in HalifaxNovember 2, 2018
Nova Scotia’s Health Department says talks underway for province’s first overdose prevention siteOctober 31, 2018
Crystal meth eclipsing opioids on the Prairies: ‘There’s no lack of meth on the street’October 29, 2018
Opioids Don’t Discriminate: An Interactive Experience.October 26, 2018
Guelph police warn drug users of spike in purple fentanylOctober 25, 2018
What exactly are you inhaling when you vape?October 23, 2018
Study ADHD Medication OverdosesJune 14, 2018
A Cry for GuidanceJanuary 18, 2018
Your Friend’s Substance AbuseSeptember 15, 2017
DepressionSeptember 15, 2017
MethamphetaminesSeptember 15, 2017
AlcoholSeptember 15, 2017
25 Healthy Ways to Feel BetterSeptember 15, 2017
Fentanyl is the deadliest drug in America, CDC confirmsDecember 12, 2018
By Nadia Kounang, CNN
Fentanyl is now the most commonly used drug involved in drug overdoses,according to a new government report. The latest numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics say that the rate of drug overdoses involving the synthetic opioid skyrocketed by about 113% each year from2013 through 2016.The number of total drug overdoses jumped 54% each year between 2011 and 2016. In 2016, there were 63,632 drug overdose deaths.According to Wednesday’s report, which analyzed death certificates for drug overdose deaths between 2011 and 2016, fentanyl was involved in nearly 29% of all overdose deaths in 2016. In 2011, fentanyl was involved in just 4% of all drug fatalities. At the time, oxycodone was the most commonly involved drug, representing 13% of all fatal drug overdoses.
Most common drugs found in overdose deaths in 2016
|Rank||Referent drug1||Number of deaths2||Percent of deaths3|
1 Ranks were not tested for statistical significance.
2 Number of drug overdose deaths involving the referent drug.
3 Percentage of drug overdose deaths involving the referent drug.
Note: Drug overdose deaths are identified using International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision underlying cause-of-death codes X40–X44 (unintentional), X60–X64 (suicide), and Y10–Y14 (undetermined). Only deaths with at least one specific drug identified are included in the analysis. The results for 110 deaths with an intent of homicide (X85) are not shown due to small numbers. Deaths may involve other drugs in addition to the referent drug (i.e., the one listed). Deaths involving more than one drug (e.g., a death involving both heroin and cocaine) are counted in both totals.
From 2012 to 2015, heroin became the most frequently involved drug in overdose deaths. In 2011, the number of fatal heroin overdoses was 4,571, or 11% of all drug fatalities. In 2016, that number more than tripled to 15,961 deaths, representing a quarter of all drug overdoses that year.The authors of the new study also found that most overdoses involved more than one drug. In 2016, 2 in 5 cocaine-related overdose deaths also involved fentanyl. Nearly one-third of fentanyl-related overdoses also involved heroin. More than 20% of meth-related fatal overdoses also involved heroin.In 2016, over 18,000 overdose deaths involved fentanyl, and 16,000fatalities were due to heroin.
Although many experts have pointed to the overprescribing of prescription painkillers as the root of the US opioid crisis, they say it has evolved, first into a heroin crisis and now into a fentanyl epidemic.In the 2011-16 period examined, the number of drug overdoses involving methadone has dropped.But Dr. Andrew Kolodny, co-founder of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, cautioned against interpreting these findings as an end to the prescription drug problem. Kolodny, who was not involved in the study, pointed to states such as Oklahoma, where overdose deaths from prescription opioids still outnumber heroin and fentanyl deaths.”Fentanyl is so deadly, in the geographic regions where it’s been flooding in, deaths soared like we’ve never seen before,” he said.
Much of the emphasis of the drug overdose crisis has been on opioids, but there has also been an increase in the rates and numbers of cocaine- and methamphetamine-related deaths.In the same six-year time frame, cocaine was consistently the second or third most commonly used drug, and the rate of overdose deaths involving methamphetamines tripled.
Cocaine-related fatalities nearly doubled from 2014 to 2016, jumping from 5,892 to 11,316 overdose deaths.The authors of the study used text analysis to evaluate death certificates for specific drug mentions. They found that the top 10 drugs in the six-year period remained the same and belonged to three classes of drugs:
- Opioids such as fentanyl, heroin, hydrocodone, methadone, morphine and oxycodone
- Benzodiazepines such as alprazolam and diazepam
- Stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamines
The study found that illicit drugs like fentanyl and heroin were the leading causes of unintentional overdoses, and prescription drugs were more likely to be involved in suicidal overdoses.