Breaking tobacco habit among homeless cuts opioid use, Ottawa study finds

Ottawa Citizen

A new Ottawa study suggests that cutting the rate of smoking among the poor and homeless can also reduce their use of street drugs, including opioids such as heroin and fentanyl.

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Can butting out help you kick drugs, too? Ottawa study says yes.

CBC Ottawa

A smoking cessation program targeting drug users in downtown Ottawa found a significant portion of the participants who cut down on cigarettes also reduced their use of highly addictive opioids.

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A different approach to the opioid crisis

CBC Ottawa

A study released by the Bridge Engagement Centre shows how managing tobacco smoking in Ottawa can also have an impact on opioid addiction.

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A new clinical trial in Ottawa asks: Can e-cigarettes help the homeless quit smoking?

Ottawa Citizen

An Ottawa doctor is about to launch a clinical trial aimed at finding out whether e-cigarettes can help homeless people quit smoking.

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Vaping to be studied as way for homeless to kick smoking habit

CBC Ottawa

96 per cent of Ottawa’s homeless smoke tobacco: hospital study

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Ted Bignell finishes the 5K and raises $10K in the process – here’s why.

APTN National News, May 29 2017

A First Nation man in Ottawa is putting his best foot forward, literally. Ted Bignell is walked to make a difference Saturday during the race weekend.

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Ottawa Hospital Foundation Run for a Reason – Building bridges to save lives.

The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, May 4 2017

Bridge: a structure spanning and providing passage. The Bridge Engagement Centre is providing safe passage for people with addiction in Ottawa.

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Egan: How to get street people off drugs? Get them off smokes, study suggests.

Ottawa Citizen, June 13 2016

In 2013, a study of 858 HIV-positive drug users in Ottawa uncovered a startling, off-hand statistic: 96 per cent were smokers. It hardly surprised Dr. Smita Pakhalé, a staff respirologist at The Ottawa Hospital and a clinical researcher.

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PROMPT quit smoking program helps butt out drug use.

CBC News, April 15 2016

Project’s first year shows improvement in addiction, but also housing and job situations.

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