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The opioid crisis is a population health issue
By Gabriela Novotna and Tom McIntosh
Homelessness costs Canadians big money without addressing the causes Homelessness costs Canadians big money without addressing the causes
By Jino Distasio
Rising rates of long-term prescription-opioid use highlight urgent need for treatment options for chronic pain and addiction - See more at: http://evidencenetwork.ca/?p=31740&preview=true#sthash.MIaXSLn1.dpuf Rising rates of long-term prescription-opioid use highlight urgent need for treatment options for chronic pain and addiction
By Kate Smolina and Kim Rutherford

Across Canada, the tragic spike in opioid-related deaths has brought to national attention the large and complex issue of drug use and misuse.

Understanding the opioids crisis in Canada

North America is grappling with an opioids epidemic. British Columbia has even declared a public health emergency because of a significant increase in opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Dr. David Juurlink, Head of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at …

Regarder en face certaines vérités désagréables sur les opioïdes
Par David Juurlink

Au cours de la dernière année, je ne compte plus les fois où l’épidémie d’opioïdes, sous une forme ou une autre (Prince, naloxone, fentanyl, nouveau-nés souffrant du syndrome de sevrage, et j’en passe) s’est retrouvée à la une des journaux.

Facing some unpleasant truths about opioids
By David Juurlink

Over the past year I’ve lost track of how many times the opioid epidemic has, in one incarnation or another (Prince, naloxone, fentanyl, newborns in agonizing withdrawal and so on) found its way onto the front page news.

Le Canada tarde à réagir à la crise des opioïdes d’ordonnance Canada slow to respond to prescription opioid crisis
By David Juurlink

In my first career as a pharmacist, I worked in more than 30 pharmacies across Nova Scotia, filling more than 100,000 prescriptions between 1990 and 1995. Some of these were for strong painkillers called opioids — drugs like morphine and oxycodone, which are chemically and biologically very similar to heroin.

Backgrounder: Canada’s prescription opioid crisis Backgrounder: Canada’s prescription opioid crisis
By Ann Silversides

“The misuse of opioids has grown exponentially with devastating consequences” – First Do No Harm: Responding to Canada’s Prescription Drug Crisis (Canadian Council on Substance Abuse, 2013).

Backgrounder: Mental illness and addictions in Canada
By Victoria Jeffries

Mental illness and addictions take a toll that can be measured in human costs, healthcare costs and costs to society. Approximately one in five Canadians experience a mental illness or addiction each year and 50% will experience one in their lifetime.