Canada Opioids

An Opioid Epidemic In This Society, A Pain Crisis In Others

Bill Bogart | Posted 04.26.2017 | Canada
Bill Bogart

Non-medical use of prescription opioids is now the fourth most-prevalent form of substance use in Canada; it trails only alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis. Between 2000-02 and 2010-12 Canadians' use of prescription opioids more than tripled. We may now have surpassed Americans to have the highest per capita use of prescription painkillers in the world.

Why Doesn't Our Health-Care System Cover Dental?

Jacquie Maund | Posted 04.07.2017 | Canada Politics
Jacquie Maund

April is oral health month in Canada. Ads remind us to book an appointment with our dentist for a regular dental exam and to get our teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist. But in Canada's private dental care system, you have to pay to access both of these oral health services.

Addicts Are Not Having Fun. We Are Simply Trying To Survive.

Rachel Thexton | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Rachel Thexton

I have now been clean from opioids since April 2016 ... almost one year. It was not easy and I will always be an addict in recovery BUT if my mental illness and trauma was diagnosed earlier, I may never have sought the comfort of drugs.

We Must Legalize Drugs To Fight Opioids

Bill Bogart | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada
Bill Bogart

Legalization of all non medical use of drugs is an attainable goal. But confronting the opioid crisis is an urgent and unprecedented call to action. Public health experts and their activist allies are leading the way. Let's not get caught up in complicated and protracted arguments about legalization of all drugs.

It'll Take Both Trump And Trudeau To Confront Opioid Crisis

Neil Seeman | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Neil Seeman

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.

Have A Life-Saving Talk With Your Teen About Opioids Like Fentanyl

Shelita Dattani | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Parents
Shelita Dattani

As I did, you are likely to experience some eye rolls or even lack of eye contact when you're having the "talk" with your teens about this tough issue. But stay on course and keep a fact-filled conversation going. It's critical for the safety of our kids.

Addressing The Major Drivers Of Opioid Misuse And Overdose

Vivian Tam | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Living
Vivian Tam

There are many reasons to explain the overuse of opioids, and as future physicians, we are aware that inappropriate prescribing practices are a clear and studied culprit. Yet for many of our patients across the country, there is more to the story.

Dealing With Canada's Rising Opioid Problem

Kim Rutherford | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada
Kim Rutherford

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.

Modern Medicine Needs Pot In A Pill

Marc Davis | Posted 01.13.2017 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

To be fully accepted by the medical establishment, the delivery method for medical marijuana has to evolve. In other words, smoking or eating cannabis-infused foods must be replaced by slow-release, standardized-dosage pills or capsules. And they have to be pharmaceutical-grade.

'Get Ready' For Fentanyl, Toronto: Vancouver Mayor

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada

"We have an epidemic, the data's showing it's getting worse."

Gov't Would Do More On Opioid Crisis If It Hit Ontario: B.C. MP

CP | Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.09.2017 | Canada Politics

The number of Canadian deaths from fentanyl is highest in B.C. and Alberta.

10-Month-Old Baby Revived After Ingesting Fentanyl

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 01.02.2017 | Canada

The Department of Children and Families says it has taken custody of the baby.

'You Watch The Life Disappear': Stories From Canada's Opioid Crisis

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.24.2016 | Canada

"When we shame people who are suffering from addiction we push them further into the shadows.''

From Panic To 'Total, Extreme Pain': Drug Users Describe Withdrawal

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.18.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Thirty-two years clean, Bill Wong still remembers the "unbearable" pain.

11 Overdose Deaths Overnight Trigger Urgent B.C. Warning

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia

"It's desperate times in Vancouver."

Give Addicts Heroin To Curb Opioid Deaths: Ex-Mountie

CP | Camille Bains, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.13.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Raf Souccar said he's not advocating for drug use.

Health Minister Opens Door For New Drug Injection Sites

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Politics

Only two injection sites exist in Canada now.

Canada Needs The World's Help To Stop Flow Of Fentanyl: Minister

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Opioid deaths have been increasing for decades, but the current market is greater than ever before.

​4 Tips For Using Your Brain To Calm Pain

Beth Darnall | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Living
Beth Darnall

The most frequently overlooked pathway to pain relief is the patient. There are powerful cognitive behavioural skills that the everyday patient can begin putting to immediate use for personal pain relief. Calming your nervous system is the key to reduction of pain, distress, and suffering.

Opioid Crisis Should Be At The Top Of The Federal Health Agenda

Tara Gomes | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Tara Gomes

Hundreds of codeine tablets stolen from the medicine cabinet of an elderly person living alone in a rural community. Hydromorphone tablets being distributed at weddings and high school parties. Fentanyl patches being cut up and sold for a profit on the street. This is the reality of the opioid crisis in Canada today.

We Need To Face Some Unpleasant Truths About Opioids

David Juurlink | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Living
David Juurlink

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.

Legalization Advocates Should Be First To Address Substance Abuse

Bill Bogart | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

As we urge the move to legalization and regulation, we also need to recognize that Canada has significant issues with drug consumption, both in terms of those that are legal, at present, and those that will become regulated as we shift away from criminalization.

Prince's Cause Of Death Revealed

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Living

Investigators have been reviewing whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs.

Why Do So Many Canadian Prisoners Die After Their Release?

Fiona Kouyoumdjian | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Fiona Kouyoumdjian

Canadians might be surprised to learn that many health and social services widely available in the community are not available in most of Canada's correctional facilities -- this needs to change. We are missing a critical window of opportunity to reframe the period of incarceration as a time to help people improve their health and well-being before returning to our communities.

Understanding And Addressing The Complexities Of Addiction

Dr. Joshua Tepper | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Joshua Tepper

In my practice, I have seen the terrible impact addiction can have on people of all backgrounds. It destroys jobs, families and personal health, often in the span of just a few months. This level of complexity and quick-moving consequence is something you don't often see in many other conditions, which makes finding solutions that much harder. Addressing addiction requires approaching treatment in a much more integrated fashion across different parts of the health care system and groups of providers.