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Health ministers meet in Ottawa to develop opioid crisis plan

Opioids include prescription painkillers such as oxycodone, fentanyl and morphine, as well as illegal street drugs like heroin.

Health experts from across the country will meet in Ottawa today to work on a plan to curb the crisis of opioid-related overdose deaths.

The summit is hosted by federal Health Minister Jane Philpott and Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins.

Canada and the U.S. have the highest rates of opioid use in the world, and Philpott, a physician herself, has said the root causes must be examined.

She says the problem has worsened over the last several years as the number of overdoses and opioid-related deaths grows.

Opioids include prescription painkillers such as oxycodone, fentanyl and morphine, as well as illegal street drugs like heroin.

Part of the problem is that some opioids play a legitimate role in responding to people with pain conditions.

“People need to have access to these effective medications where used appropriately, but there is tremendous risk potential,” Philpott said earlier this year. “People do become addicted to them and people die.”

CBC

~Wakenya Canada

1 Comment on Health ministers meet in Ottawa to develop opioid crisis plan

  1. OK but no I have a question. Why cut back medication of chronic pain person that has been taking same meds for four years or more then they walk into their doctors office and he says the government says I need to cut your medication. Who’s thinking of our pain or concerns? The medication you were getting before just took the edge off but oh well suffer. And the winter when our pain is at its worst. Please explain this to me because my body does not understand. Thank you

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