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Involving female offenders in release planning can increase reintegration success

Involving female offenders in release planning can increase reintegration success

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English: St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada – at night from Queen Street. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Women who are about to be released from prison need to be more involved in their discharge planning if they are to successfully reintegrate into their communities and avoid returning to prison, according to a new study.

Almost half of all female prisoners are back behind bars within…

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Substance Use and Mental Health Findings: 2013

Substance Use and Mental Health Findings: 2013

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Jericho House Long stay care for adults with mental illness and /or alcohol dependence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An estimated 24.6 million individuals aged 12 or older were current
illicit drug users in 2013, including 2.2 million adolescents aged 12 to 17.

In 2013, 60.1 million individuals aged 12 or older were past month
binge drinkers, including 1.6 million adolescents.
Of the estimated 22.7…

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High-dose opioid prescribing continues to climb in Canada

High-dose opioid prescribing continues to climb in Canada

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English: 2D structure of 6-monoacetylmorphine (6-MAM) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

High-dose opioid prescribing increased by 23 per cent in Canada between 2006 and 2011, despite clinical guidelines recommending that most patients should avoid high-doses of these drugs, according to new research.

Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) found…

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PAINKILLER EPIDEMIC: Thousands die but few doctors disciplined

PAINKILLER EPIDEMIC: Thousands die but few doctors disciplined

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English: Pre-war Bayer heroin bottle, originally containing 5 grams of Heroin substance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An ambulette driver in her 40s suffered a back injury. A medical assistant, 40, had a hysterectomy. A young mother had problem feet that ached after waitressing.

Each had pain. Each saw a local doctor. Each became addicted to painkillers in the same chemical family as heroin.

“If it…

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Significant increase in painkillers prescribed to U.S. adults visiting emergency departments

Significant increase in painkillers prescribed to U.S. adults visiting emergency departments

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English: Emergency Department of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, opened 2003. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

George Washington University (GW) researchers report dramatic increases in prescriptions of opioid analgesics, such as Percocet, Vicodin, oxycodone and Dilaudid, during U.S. emergency department visits from 2001 to 2010. These findings were not explained by higher visit rates for painful conditions,…

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Pre-pregnancy risk drinking predicts toddler behavior problems

Pre-pregnancy risk drinking predicts toddler behavior problems

A 3D ultrasound taken of a fetus at 17 weeks.

A 3D ultrasound taken of a fetus at 17 weeks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Risk drinking before pregnancy can increase the risk of the development behavioural problems in toddlers. This comes from a new study using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). Early intervention to help and support mothers and their children could help to prevent these problems from developing into…

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