Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Drugs kill - Opiod deaths in Ontario, Canada double since 1991

Right next door to us in Ontario Canada deaths from opiod abuse have doubled since 1991.

Deaths from opioid use in Ontario, Canada, have doubled since 1991 and the addition of long-acting oxycodone to the drug formulary was associated with a 5-fold increase in oxycodone-related deaths, found a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

GCASA has a specialty program for people addicted to Opiods. We have seen a big increase here of patients wanting service. There are over 85 patients on Suboxone treatment. The primary source of addiction is prescription pain pills.

When you look at the public health data, it is clear that programs like the Opiod treatment program at GCASA save lives.

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