We must rethink our approach to battling opioid abuse

As fentanyl deaths continue to rise, we cannot continue to pretend that we are on the path to solving this problem

We must rethink our approach to battling opioid abuseBy Gabriela Novotna and Tom McIntosh University of Regina Thirteen Canadians a day were hospitalized for an opioid overdose in 2014-2015, according to the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI), and the rate of opioid poisoning  hospitalizations has been steadily rising. What began with the over-prescription of opioids such as OxyContin, a painkiller once thought to…

Provinces must act to prevent another OxyContin debacle

Two solutions to increase pharmaceutical manufacturers’ accountability to Canadians and their governments

Provinces must act to prevent another OxyContin debacleBy Vanessa Gruben and Louise Bélanger-Hardy University of Ottawa The 10 provincial governments recently accepted a class-action settlement with Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. The settlement concerns the misleading claims Purdue Pharma allegedly made to physicians about the addictive nature of the drug. These claims may have contributed to Canada’s epidemic of opioid addiction.…

Fight the deadly opioid epidemic at its roots

A firewall has to be built between pharmaceutical companies and physician training programs

Fight the deadly opioid epidemic at its rootsWe are in the midst of a deadly drug epidemic so severe and widespread that few people in North America will remain untouched by it. A dramatic change in how physicians are trained is required to get the epidemic under control. Our narcotic abuse and death rates are likely at their highest in modern history. Critics…