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The legal challenges of chronic pain | Bernard Gluckstein and Jan Marin

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 9:53 AM | By Bernard Gluckstein and Jan Marin

North America is in the midst of a crisis caused by opioids, highly addictive painkillers that are being blamed for thousands of deaths. The Ontario government has pledged millions of dollars to handle the situation, but it is failing to recognize the root of the problem: chronic pain.

Chronic pain affects millions of Canadians, according to a report by the Canadian Pain Coalition, “The Painful Truth: The State of Pain Management in Canada.” It has traditionally been treated by opioids, since there has been a lack...