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David Juurlink

Professor and Head of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Toronto and expert advisor,

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We Need To Face Some Unpleasant Truths About Opioids

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.
09/06/2016 03:40 EDT

Canada's Opioid Crisis Is Fuelled By Doctors

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.
09/07/2014 09:54 EDT

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

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. When the legal and regulatory framework results in a situation in which more than a dozen Canadians die each week because of an accidental prescription drug overdose, that framework needs to be changed.
11/20/2012 05:23 EST