Experts say strat­egy for opi­oids is needed

Toronto Star - - CANADA -

Addiction experts say Canada needs acom­pre­hen­sive na­tional strat­egy to curb ram­pant over-pre­scrib­ing of opi­oids and re­duce es­ca­lat­ing rates of over­dose deaths from the pow­er­ful drugs.

Dr. Benedikt Fis­cher, of the Cen­tre for Addiction and Men­tal Health in Toronto, said Cana­di­ans are the sec­ond-high­est con­sumers of opi­oids world­wide, af­ter the U.S. Writ­ing in the Cana­dian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion Jour­nal, Fis­cher and co-au­thors say an es­ti­mated 2,000 Cana­di­ans died from opi­oid overdoses last year.

Fis­cher says an es­ti­mated 10,000 to 20,000 Cana­di­ans have died from over­dos­ing on pre­scrip­tion drugs like oxy­codone, hy­dro­mor­phone and fen­tanyl in the last 10 years.

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