With more than 5,000 opioid deaths each day in the U.S. and more than 4 million deaths worldwide, there is a pressing need for a comprehensive strategy to manage the problem.
There are also questions over whether the government can effectively control the use of prescription opioids when it comes to people under the age of 50.
And for people who are trying to treat chronic pain, there are worries about the long-term health effects of the opioid painkillers.
Dr. Kevin Gorman, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa, said the federal government has been able to take steps to reduce opioid use by increasing awareness and education.
“In addition to some interventions and prescriptions, we have also had some of these medications made available over-the-counter, and there’s been a significant amount of research that has shown that these medications have a lower risk of adverse effects,” he said.
“So it’s an interesting challenge in that it can’t be reduced to the fact that people need to use them.
They need to be used properly.”
Dr Gorman also believes that there is an important public health message to be sent.
In fact, there has been an increase in people seeking treatment for opioid-related disorders in Canada in recent years.
The number of people seeking help for opioid addiction in Canada has tripled since 2011, according to Statistics Canada.
A 2014 report from the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse Research found that the proportion of people who seek treatment for addiction in the past year has doubled to 22.4 per cent from 6.3 per cent in the same period in 2011.
That is a large number of addicts seeking treatment and that has a significant impact on the health of the population.
Dr Gomer said that, for the past several years, the federal governments efforts to reduce overdose deaths in Canada have focused on increasing access to treatment.
He noted that while it may not be the number one factor driving the rise in addiction in some communities, there does appear to be an increased number of Canadians seeking treatment in some provinces.
However, it is not clear that these increases in addiction treatment access are leading to more overdoses and deaths.
According to the National Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, there were 1,788 overdose deaths among Canadians in 2014, a 3.7 per cent increase over 2013.
Of those, 3,902 deaths occurred in the first five months of the year, a 4.4 increase over the same time period in 2013.
Dr. Gorman said there has not been a dramatic change in the number of deaths in the last few years.
However, in a 2015 survey of 1,300 Canadians by Ipsos Reid, Dr. Gomer found that people who had a medical condition or were in treatment for a medical problem had a higher risk of dying from opioid-induced death than people who did not have a medical issue.
People with a medical or psychiatric condition had a 2.7-per-cent higher risk, while people who were in rehab or mental health services had a 3-per cent higher risk.
Dr Tom Trewavas, a professor of public health at the Université du Québec à Montréal, said that there needs to be a stronger emphasis on treating chronic pain patients first.
When we look at the numbers, the fact is that chronic pain is one of the most preventable diseases that we can treat,” he told CBC News.
This has to be our number one priority.
Trewaves also said that opioids have been shown to be one of many possible contributing factors to the increasing use of opioids among young people.”
The numbers are out there, they’re available online, they can be downloaded from the internet, they are in the prescription supply chain, they appear to have some effect on a person’s risk of addiction,” he explained.
But he added that it is important that patients who are experiencing pain do not feel pressured into using opioids.”
We’re not talking about a person who’s been prescribed opioids, we’re talking about someone who’s being prescribed opioids for pain that they might not be able to control themselves,” he added.”
But if you think about that, they have the potential to be addictive.
“Dr. Trewas said there needs a new approach to opioids.
His view is that we need to shift away from the idea that we just have to be on opioids.
The opioid painkiller epidemic is the third-leading cause of death in the country for young people, according a 2015 report by the U,S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It’s also a major cause of disability and death among older Canadians, according an analysis by the Institute of Medicine.
For those who are suffering from pain, opioids can be a life-saving tool in times of crisis.
But there are significant risks associated with their use.
These include addiction