After the FDA’s controversial approval of a pill form of sufentanil for use in U.S. hospitals and on the battlefield, Canadian doctors say the risks of the oral medication could outweigh the benefits in the midst of the ongoing opioid crisis.
Canada’s opioid crisis extends to society’s very youngest: About 2,000 newborns are born with opioid exposure. But more and more, hospitals are trying to minimize the impact this has on new mothers and their babies, but allowing them to stay together in same room as they undergo treatment.
When doctors in study reduced the amount of narcotics they prescribed after outpatient surgeries and used other options, they found patients didn’t need more.
In an annual report on the state of public health in Canada, the country’s chief public health officer said that for many years, life expectancy has been “steadily increasing.” But the opioid crisis is expected to stop that progress in its tracks.
In 2017, 569 people in Alberta died of accidental fentanyl poisoning. Daryl Sen was one of them.
In northwestern Ontario where thousands of people don’t have a primary care provider, patients taking painkillers often aren’t at the top of family doctors’ waiting lists.
Doctor questions ‘disgraceful’ care provided by private, high-volume methadone clinics amid opioid crisis
As a northern Ontario city battles an opioid overdose death rate that’s twice as high as the provincial average, there is rising concern about a treatment model dominated by for-profit methadone clinics.
‘People are going to die’: A city ravaged by the opioid crisis waits anxiously for overdose prevention site
The rate of overdose deaths in Thunder Bay, Ont., is double the provincial average. Health workers are trying to stem the devastation by giving drug users a supervised place to inject, with addiction help available a flight of stairs away.
Shutterstock On Wednesday, Instagram rolled out a new “get support” pop-up for users who search for opioid or other drug hashtags. Tapping on the pop-up’s menu takes you to an Instagram help page with more resources and support. The new pop-up launched in the U.S. on Wednesday, and Instagram plans to roll it out globally […]
Enlarge / Bottles of Purdue Pharma L.P. OxyContin medication sit on a pharmacy shelf in Provo, Utah, US, on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) The Sackler family—the ultra-wealthy family that made billions from illegally marketed opioids and the group largely blamed for sparking and fueling the devastating, $ 504 billion-per-year epidemic of […]