Opi­oid abuse in Canada a ‘na­tional emer­gency’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Deaths from opi­ate over­doses in Canada have be­come a “public health cri­sis” that could prompt the gov­ern­ment to de­clare a na­tional health emer­gency, the Cana­dian health min­is­ter said. If such a mea­sure is found “ap­pro­pri­ate and help­ful”, then “we will use all the tools avail­able”, Jane Philpott said in Ot­tawa at the open­ing of a na­tional sum­mit on the cri­sis. An es­ti­mated 2000 Cana­di­ans died from opi­oid over­doses in 2015, said Don Davies, spokesper­son for the left-lean­ing New Demo­cratic Party.

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