Posted March 14, 2019 09:16:31 A new study suggests there is a decrease in the number of opioid prescriptions in Canada.
“There are a lot of anecdotal reports that are saying that opioid addiction is no more a problem, and there is no evidence of it,” said Dr. Michael Gagnon, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of British Columbia.
The survey of 1,200 patients found that while opioid use had been on the rise since 2013, it is not a major problem in Canada anymore.
The report also found that there are now more doctors willing to prescribe opioids, even though they have a higher rate of prescribing opioids.
“I think it’s very important that we recognize that the opioid crisis is a serious issue that’s affecting many Canadians, and that we need to do everything we can to support people in the community,” said Gagnons colleague, Dr. John Egloff.
Dr. Gagnone said the opioid epidemic was once thought to be an isolated phenomenon in the United States, but it has now been linked to fentanyl and synthetic opioids, and the opioid addiction crisis in the U.S. is the largest health care problem in the country.
The U.K. also recently reported a decrease of opioid use in its adult population, which is one of the most affected countries in the world.
“It’s not a global phenomenon.
We have a lot more countries in Europe and in the Middle East, but I think the U,S., and Canada have the highest rates of opioid overdose deaths,” said Eglon.
Gagnon said that while fentanyl has become more accessible and more widely available in the last two years, it remains a problem for some patients and families.
“We have some patients that are struggling with opioid addiction and some people that are dealing with fentanyl and a lot will not seek treatment and will die, and it is a very difficult problem to solve,” said Tanya Kinsman, CEO of the Canadian Association of Physicians and Surgeons.
Kinsman said fentanyl is a dangerous drug, but the drugs are not the only issue.
“Fentanyl can cause serious respiratory issues and can cause kidney damage and liver damage, and those things are all associated with opioid use,” she said.
The opioid crisis has been in the news lately, as many doctors have expressed concern about their patients becoming addicted to opioids.
A report released last month found that Canada has the highest rate of opioid-related deaths in the developed world.
More on health care:The opioid epidemic has been a national issue for years, but doctors and advocates say it has become increasingly difficult to access the drugs, particularly as fentanyl and other synthetic opioids have become more widely used.
Egloff says he has seen an uptick in the amount of doctors prescribing opioids, especially among older patients, and is worried about that trend continuing.
“The reality is that in a lot, a lot people, they don’t know what they’re getting into,” he said.
“They don’t want to be prescribed a drug that’s not right for them.
And so they will prescribe a drug for the wrong reason.
And that drug will be fentanyl, or it will be a drug they don�t know what it is.””
I don�m worried about it, but if you are not aware of the risks associated with it, then I’m worried about you,” said Kinsmann.
The Canadian Medical Association says that many doctors and health care professionals feel overwhelmed by the amount and complexity of opioid prescribing.
The association has called for changes to make it easier for doctors to prescribe and for the government to increase funding for health care services.
“As a profession, we have been very slow to see this crisis,” said a spokesperson for the association.
“We are committed to making this epidemic a priority and taking action to help our colleagues in the health care system to cope with the challenges they face.”