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We Need To Face Some Unpleasant Truths About Opioids

(11) Comments | Posted September 6, 2016 | 3:40 PM

Over the past year I've lost track of how many times the opioid epidemic has, in one incarnation or another (Prince, naloxone, fentanyl, newborns in agonizing withdrawal and so on) found its way onto the front page news. What distinguishes this epidemic...

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Prescription Opioids Are Behind Canada's Greatest Health Crisis

(13) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 12:20 PM

Dear Minister Philpott,

Congratulations on your appointment as Minister of Health. As an experienced physician, you bring valuable perspective to the post. While there are many contentious matters before you, including a new health accord, physician-assisted dying and marijuana legalization, few could be more pressing than the

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Canada's Opioid Crisis Is Fuelled By Doctors

(17) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 9:54 PM

In my first career as a pharmacist, I worked in more than 30 pharmacies across Nova Scotia, filling more than 100,000 prescriptions between 1990 and 1995. Some of these were for strong painkillers called opioids -- drugs like morphine and oxycodone, which are chemically and biologically very similar to heroin....

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OxyContin: The Public Health Crisis Our Government Won't Stop

(17) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 3:58 PM

*This post was co-authored by David Juurlink

Monday's announcement by federal health minister Leona Aglukkaq that she will not interfere with the approval of generic OxyContin is just the latest development in what has become a major public health crisis.

In Canada, overdose deaths involving prescription medications now...

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