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New narcotics rules not enough, Sudbury doctor says

Sudbury: Addicted City

New narcotics rules not enough, Sudbury doctor says

A Sudbury doctor said new rules around prescribing narcotics aren't enough to stop the drugs from getting into the wrong hands.

Related: What's being done to curb the supply


'I just tried it and ruined my life'

'I just tried it and ruined my life'

A growing number of teenagers in Ontario are abusing prescription pain pills.

The latest province-wide survey of high school students shows painkillers are now the third most commonly abused drug — topped only by alcohol and cannabis.


People who normally wouldn't engage in criminal acts can be influenced to do so, particularly is they are overcome by an addiction to drugs

Addiction forces Oxy abusers into crime

Greater Sudbury police are drawing a link between a rise in the number of people hooked on prescription pain pills and a recent spike in property crime.

The city saw a jump in the number of thefts and break and enters in 2010 — a rate that topped the provincial and national average.


Tackling a crisis 'more serious than diabetes'

Tackling a crisis 'more serious than diabetes'

More and more people in Sudbury and northeastern Ontario are looking for help with a prescription drug addiction.

The number of people who called the province's Drug and Alcohol Helpline for help has doubled in five years.


Oxycontin addiction on the rise in Greater Sudbury

Greater Sudbury police and community outreach workers say prescription narcotics have become the drug of choice in the city. They say a growing number of people are getting hooked on pain pills like Oyxcontin

Related: Mining company helps First Nation tackle Oxycontin addiction


Audio

Sudbury: Addicted City
The first installment in our week long series about prescription drug abuse in Sudbury. This is the story of Felicity, an Oxycontin addict. Listen audio (runs 7:30)

The extent of the problem
CBC reporter Megan Thomas describes the extent of prescription drug abuse in the nickel city. Listen audio (runs 10:03)

Oxycontin addiction taskforce
Vikki Kett of the outreach group Réseau ACCESS Network in Sudbury teamed up with Sudbury Police Chief Ian Davidson in 2005 to launch a taskforce on Oxycontin addiction problems. Listen audio (runs 7:18)

The effects of prescription drug addiction on the community
Reporter Megan Thomas brings us more on pill addiction in Sudbury, with the continuing story of Oxycontin addict Felicity. Listen (runs 10:11)

Users seeking help
There's been a spike in the number of people in Sudbury seeking treatment for prescription painkiller addictions. A councillor at a recovery home in Sudbury. Listen audio (runs 6:12)

The impact of prescription pill addiction on young people
Another chapter in the story of Felicity, an Oxycontin addict. Reporter Megan Thomas tells how young people are being hit hard by prescription drug abuse. Listen audio (runs 10:36)

Police strategy
Another installment in the story of Felicity, an Oxycotin addict. Sudbury's Police Chief talks about how his force has been dealing with problems related to prescription drug abuse. Listen audio (runs 6:12)

What's being done to curb the supply?
Our final installment in the story of Felicity, an Oxycontin addict. Why are so many prescription pain pills are getting in the wrong hands? What's being done about it? Listen audio (runs 10:10)

Establishing a community drug strategy
Public health officials and police in Sudbury are teaming up to tackle the problem of prescription drug abuse. A community drug strategy is in the works. Listen audio (runs 6:01)

New regulations for prescribing narcotics
Doctors and pharmacists now have to follow new regulations when prescribing narcotics. Listen audio (runs 7:17)

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