Address your fear of dying, express end-of-life care wishes

As physicians, we see death made worse and more painful every day by poor advance care planning

Address your fear of dying, express end-of-life care wishesBy Paul Hébert and George Heckman Canadian Frailty Network Are you or a loved one aging, perhaps with a chronic heart or lung condition that limits daily activities? Do you have an older parent in a nursing home or who needs assistance with daily living activities? If so, read on and make the pledge. As…

Opioid use crisis shows urgent need for pain treatment options

Our response to the crisis must be broadened to address the aspects of our health-care system that contribute to the increasing demand for opioids

Opioid use crisis shows urgent need for pain treatment optionsBy Kate Smolina and Kim Rutherford University of British Columbia The tragic spike in opioid-related deaths has brought the large and complex issue of drug use and misuse into sharp focus. As fentanyl-related overdoses grip the country, there is a connected but separate crisis of doctor-prescribed opioids being increasingly used on a regular, long-term basis.  While prescription…