Accounting for pain beyond opioids

Accounting for pain beyond opioids

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 […]

Medical students lobby Parliament Hill for upstream solutions to the opioid crisis

Medical students lobby Parliament Hill for upstream solutions to the opioid crisis

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.

Rising rates of long-term prescription-opioid use highlight urgent need for treatment options for chronic pain and addiction

Rising rates of long-term prescription-opioid use highlight urgent need for treatment options for chronic pain and addiction

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

Backgrounder: Canada’s prescription opioid crisis

Backgrounder: Canada’s prescription opioid crisis

“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).