Les dégâts cérébraux irréversibles des surdoses liées au fentanyl

published on December 30, 2016 in Radio-Canada

Overdoses caused by fentanyl cause irreversible damage to the brain, and the number of cases in British Columbia is causing concern to the medical community.

At St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, physicians have seen an upsurge in catastrophic brain damage since the fentanyl crisis, the powerful opioid responsible for the vast majority of the province’s 755 overdose deaths this year.

Since January, 6,000 patients have been admitted to emergency departments in the Vancouver area for overdoses related to drug use. The majority of patients can leave the hospital after a few hours, but about 9% require longer-term care.

For Dr. Del Dorscheid, a doctor from the intensive care unit at St. Paul’s Hospital, these cases have become daily.

Lack of follow-up after intensive care

Dr. Keith Ahamad, a physician specialist in addictions at St. Paul’s Hospital, is concerned about the lack of follow-up of those who are not identified and cared for in specialized units over the long term. “What we see in the intensive care unit is people with severe brain damage, but there are so many people who go to addictions clinics that have major psychological problems and are not examined After several overdoses, “he said.

He would like to address the issue of untreated addiction more frequently, as it causes long-term health problems.

For Dr. Annabel Mead, director of the addiction program at St. Paul’s Hospital, even a person who appears to be recovering from an overdose may continue to experience mental disorders in the long term.

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