Trying to control overdose deaths among addicts by targeting patients who are suffering from legitimate pain is flawed.
We undervalue the systemic factors that influence how many patients receive an opioid prescription, and without an appreciation of those factors this crisis cannot be solved.
For those with the most serious pain, the opioids usually help to varying degrees and allow these patients to enjoy a better quality of life. They are seen regularly by their doctors and are monitored. They are not abusing the medication.
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"It's such a small amount that it would take to overdose the dog — like two or three granules of sand."
Health Quality Ontario just released a report on opioid use that will do nothing but frighten many doctors into refusing to properly medicate their pain patients. Doctors and dentists prescribe these drugs for post surgical or dental pain; acute pain as the result of a broken bone or other painful trauma; palliative care for terminal cancer; and for chronic pain.
Private member's bill received royal assent this week.
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"People are dying needlessly.''
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We need Trump's touted deal-making skills and Trudeau's compassionate stance toward drug users to promote a global solution that confronts the opioid pandemic as if it were the plague. We educate the public. We get rid of the conduits. We care for the sick.
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It has to do with a protein in the brain.
Welcome to the new Ontario. A province that, on February 1, will introduce two-tier health care for those who suffer from chronic pain. In their response to the overdose deaths from illegal fentany, Ontario has decided to stop covering the cost of higher doses of pain medication for the elderly and those on disability.
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The Department of Children and Families says it has taken custody of the baby.
"It's desperate times in Vancouver."
Raf Souccar said he's not advocating for drug use.
Only two injection sites exist in Canada now.
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Opioid deaths have been increasing for decades, but the current market is greater than ever before.
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Supervised heroin therapy is used in several countries, including Switzerland.
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What distinguishes this epidemic is not only its catastrophic toll --hundreds of thousands dead, uncountable millions harmed -- but also the fact that, unlike SARS, Ebola or influenza, this epidemic has no end in sight. The "why" is complicated, but it relates in part to prevalent beliefs about the role of these drugs in medical practice.
Today, doctors' offices are inundated with people who have been harmed more than helped by these drugs. Thousands more are dead. And yet the marketing continues, with pain specialists and advocacy groups opposing moves to curtail opioid prescription, their efforts financed by the very companies that make these drugs.