Canada has been swept up in an opioid crisis that has been killing both hardened addicts and first-time users by the thousands. The main culprit? Fentanyl, a painkiller that is more potent than heroin and morphine.
Canada is in the midst of an opioid crisis and nobody is really safe.
Fentanyl, a painkiller that is stronger than both heroin and morphine, has spread across the provinces and caused a dramatic spike in fatal overdoses. The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse reported at least 655 deaths were caused by fentanyl nationwide between 2009 and 2014. (more…)
The federal government has finally come together to address Canada’s opioid crisis with a two-day summit, which took place on Nov 17 and Nov 18, in Ottawa, Ont.
Health experts, health ministers, addiction experts and afflicted families attended the summit – hosted by Federal Minister of Health Jane Philpott and Ontario Minister of Health Eric Hoskins – to discuss legislative changes that would address the issue.