Pharma

Facing some unpleasant truths about opioids

Facing some unpleasant truths about opioids

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.

Opioid crisis should be top of federal health agenda

Opioid crisis should be top of federal health agenda

Hundreds of codeine tablets stolen from the medicine cabinet of an elderly person living alone in a rural community. Hydromorphone tablets being distributed at weddings and high school parties. Fentanyl patches being cut up and sold for a profit on the street. This is the reality of the opioid crisis in Canada today

Solving Canada’s opioid epidemic must include tackling what got us into the predicament in the first place

Solving Canada’s opioid epidemic must include tackling what got us into the predicament in the first place

By all accounts we are in the midst of a deadly drug epidemic so severe and widespread few people in North America will remain untouched by it.

Canadian medicare needs an Rx

Canadian medicare needs an Rx

If the per capita costs of pharmaceuticals in Canada were the same as the UK, we would spend $14 billion less on medicines every year. That is enough to pay annual salaries for 180,000 new nurses in Canada.