Family physician, Spectrum Health; Clinical instructor, Depart Family Practice, UBC. Expert advisor, EvidenceNetwork.ca.
Kim Rutherford is a family physician at Spectrum Health, Vancouver and a clinical instructor at the Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia. She also works with Vancouver Coastal Health as an outreach physician in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. She's also an expert with EvidenceNetwork.ca.
Across Canada, the tragic spike in opioid-related deaths has brought to national attention the large and complex issue of drug use and misuse. As fentanyl-related overdoses are gripping the country, there is a connected, but separate crisis of doctor-prescribed opioids being increasingly used on a regular, long-term basis.