Fifty people who use street drugs will be regularly prescribed opioid pills to crush up and inject, as part of a new ‘safe supply’ program coming to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Canada’s chief public health officer says the need to increase access to a “safer supply” of opioids is being reviewed with provinces and territories — a move encouraged by a number of public health experts.
In an email, Health Canada spokesperson Maryse Durette said opioids are legitimate medications that help alleviate pain, and a recall may not be needed.
The new president of the Canadian Medical Association wants to see politicians debate the pros and cons of decriminalizing opioids, despite the federal government saying it is not interested in such a move.
This summer, the federal health minister asked more than 100 pharmaceutical companies to stop marketing opioids to health care professionals in Canada. So far, just a quarter of them have written back.
Oregon-based physician Alan Schwartzstein knows urine tests aren’t very popular in America at the moment, thanks in part to reports about hospitals using them to rack up medical bills. But he figures it’s a worthwhile cost to protect his patients from opioid addiction. It couldn’t be less sexy as a tool in the fight against […]
Purdue Pharma Canada says in a letter to the federal health minister that it wants to help address the opioid crisis but the company denies any wrongdoing in the way it promoted OxyContin in Canada.
The number of opioids reported missing to Health Canada from pharmacies and hospitals increased significantly between 2012 and late 2017, a CBC investigation found.
More than half a million prescriptions drugs are stolen from pharmacies each year, with the majority being highly addictive opioid painkillers that end up on the street, according to an analysis of Health Canada data done by CBC News.
She had been taking opioids for back pain for more than three decades. The trouble began when she needed a new family doctor.