A regulated supply of opioid and stimulant drugs is not just a solution to the crisis, but also a human right.
I still yearn for closure after she was found overdosed on opioids.
The grim scene greeted MPPs as they arrived at Queen's Park.
The death toll from the opioid crisis continues to rise, and we'll never turn the tide if we fail to learn the lessons of epidemics past.
It should shame this country to no end that our federal government is still afraid to see this epidemic for what it is in reality.
Rather than it being a liability for attendees to carry it, it's more of a liability for attendees not to.
"It's really, really difficult to imagine," said one toxicologist.
Two major studies in the US have found that the states which have cannabis dispensaries have much lower rates of opioid use and deaths. This makes sense, because cannabis is often used as a pain reliever, just like opioids are. When people have easy access to a safer pain-reliever, cannabis, they are less likely to use the more risky one, opioids.
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.
The girl is just two years old.