‘Public health like it’s 1999’: doctors say restrictions on opioid advertising won’t save lives right now

published on June 22, 2018 by Leslie Young in Global News

The federal government unveiled its plans to “severely limit” the advertising of opioids to doctors on Tuesday, the same day that it released numbers showing that nearly 4,000 Canadians died from opioid-related overdoses in 2017, mostly due to fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances.

And doctors aren’t sure why.

“The dots don’t connect,” said Dr. Hakique Virani, a public health and addictions specialist at the University of Alberta. Prescriptions for opioids are already going down, government statistics show.

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