Canada Oxycontin

Muzzling The Benefits Of CBD-Rich Cannabis Is Censorship

Marc Davis | Posted 04.28.2017 | Canada Politics
Marc Davis

Canada's federal government is refusing to let the nation's legal cultivators of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis spread the word about the CBD-rich kind. This is in spite of the fact that the chemical CBD (also known as cannabidiol) provides some of marijuana's most sought-after healing powers, according to medical studies.

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.

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.

Prescription Opioids Are Behind Canada's Greatest Health Crisis

David Juurlink | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Living
David Juurlink

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.

Fentanyl Stole My Brother From Our Family

Joelle Tomlinson | Posted 09.03.2016 | Canada Living
Joelle Tomlinson

Fentanyl stole from me, from my family and from countless others across Canada. I've had items stolen from me before. In high school, someone broke into my locker and took my iPod. I remember my mom telling me, "Life goes on." Last year, someone stole funds from my bank account. Life goes on. Sometimes, though, it doesn't. On February 28, 2015, my older brother took what he thought was an Oxycontin tablet while he was out partying. He went home, he went to bed and he never woke up.

Canada's Opioid Crisis Is Fuelled By Doctors

David Juurlink | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Politics
David Juurlink

he false notion that opioids are safe, effective treatments for chronic pain was inculcated by the companies that manufacture them, with self-styled "experts" preaching this gospel to front-line physicians. Incredibly, this happened in the absence of good evidence that the benefits of long-term opioid use outweigh the risks.

Canadian Painkiller Pills Invade U.S. South: Officials

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Business

WASHINGTON - The ongoing availability in Canada of an abuse-prone pharmaceutical may be having a spillover effect far beyond its borders.A form of Oxy...

Generic Oxycodone From Canada Has U.S. Officials On Alert

CBC | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada

U.S. border and law enforcement officials have been told to keep an eye out for generic versions of the painkiller oxycodone crossing the border into ...

Let's Talk Solutions, Not Politics, for OxyContin Addiction

Joel Bordman | Posted 01.23.2013 | Canada
Joel Bordman

For weeks now, Ontario's Minister of Health, Deb Matthews, has been trading barbs with federal Health Minister, Leona Aglukkaq, over whether or not she should intervene in Health Canada's decision to approve the generic version of the painkiller oxycodone. As this debate plays out and the attention starts to focus on the intergovernmental conflict instead of the important public health debate, we must not lose sight of three simple facts.

Pleas For OxyContin Ban Rejected

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government is refusing to interfere in the drug approval process to halt the highly addictive generic form of OxyContin, saying t...

Will OxyContin Go Generic?

CBC | Posted 01.08.2013 | Canada Business

The federal health minister has until Nov. 25 to decide whether to allow drug companies to make a generic version of the painkiller Oxycontin. ...

Watching the Watchdog: The Freedom of Speech Award Goes to...

Tim Knight | Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

So there I am in my last column agonizing over whether Canada should ban that obscene and hateful Internet video called Innocence of Muslims, when it occurs to me that it might be a really good idea to come up with an example of freedom of speech in action. Something easily understandable. Something vivid. Something gutsy.

An Even Grimmer Replacement For OxyContin

CBC | Posted 09.10.2012 | Canada

Many people who abused the painkiller OxyContin by inhaling or injecting it switched to heroin after the prescription's formula changed, U.S. research...

Oxy Addict: 'I Know Someday I'll Go Too Far'

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2012 | Canada

CAT LAKE, Ont. - Samuel Wesley cracked when the child welfare authorities took his daughter away.The sturdy 30-something member of the Cat Lake First ...

B.C. Drops OxyContin Coverage

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.30.2012 | Canada Politics

VICTORIA - B.C. is joining several other provinces in dropping coverage of the powerful painkiller OxyContin as the drug's maker switches to a new pro...

Addiction Workers Say OxyContin Users Will Just Pick A New Poison

CBC | Posted 04.19.2012 | Canada

Former addicts and front-line addiction workers say the plan to stop manufacturing the opiate OxyContin could lead to new problems, as users switch to...

Drug Addictions On Reserves A Mounting Crisis, Chief Says

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.17.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - First Nations leaders say a health crisis is about to be unleashed on northern Ontario reserves because thousands of residents addicted to O...

Unintentional Deaths From Prescription Painkillers on the Rise in Canada

Ann Silversides | Posted 09.07.2011 | Canada
Ann Silversides

If we in Canada want to prevent more accidental deaths, we should launch a high profile national initiative to address a situation described, by the normally cautious College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, as an "opioid public health crisis."