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Confronting the opioid crisis

Thursday, November 24, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By Kathryn Frelick

Opioid misuse and abuse is a serious societal problem and public health threat. Globally, Canada is second only to the United States in per capita consumption of prescription opioids; painkillers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and morphine. This has led to a significant increase in opioid-related deaths and a critical need for addiction treatment services across the country.

The problem has been amplified by the diversion of prescription fentanyl products (primarily transdermal patches), as well as the influx of pharmaceutical grade fentanyl into the illicit drug...