By Michael Wolfson arthritis, biological mechanisms, chronic pain, opioids, pain, pain is not a disease, risk factors, subjective pain
It’s time to change what we measure when funding healthcare The prestigious Canadian Academy of Health Sciences annual meeting last week in Vancouver focused on chronic pain, and of course, the current catastrophe of opioid deaths was discussed. But most of the discussion was broader: What are the biological mechanisms underlying chronic pain? What […]
By Vivian Tam and Jacqueline Carverhill chronic pain, deaths, mental health issues, Opioid crisis, over-prescribing, overdose, prescription, Prescription opioid crisis, prescription opioids
A call to the emergency room announced that the ambulance was on its way. Joey, a middle-aged oilfield worker, was experiencing a suspected toxic ingestion of the opioid, fentanyl.
By Kate Smolina and Kim Rutherford addiction, chronic pain, mental illness, opioid overdose, opioids, overdose, pain treatment, prescription drug abuse, Prescription opioid crisis, prescription painkillers
Across Canada, the tragic spike in opioid-related deaths has brought to national attention the large and complex issue of drug use and misuse.
By Ann Silversides addiction, chronic pain, drug abuse, Opioid crisis, overdose, painkiller abuse, Pharmaceutical industry, Pharmaceutical policy, Prescription Drug Crisis, prescription opioids
“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).