Nathaniel Erskine-Smith believes Bill C-235 will save lives.
Major federal parties have yet to unveil detailed plans to address the epidemic.
The opioid crisis continues to leave a devastating mark.
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.
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.
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.
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.