It's estimated more than 1, 000 Canadians will die this year as a result of taking prescription painkillers, most from overdoses.
"The report is clear. Prescription drug abuse is something we all have a responsibility to address. I've been saying all along: No one group can solve this issue. We owe it to individuals, to families and to communities struggling with drug addictions who are looking to us to make the much needed changes." - Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq
Canada's Health Minister says she recognizes it's a complex task to solve the problem of prescription drug abuse. But Leona Aglukkaq presented a plan yesterday aimed at preventing doctors from prescribing painkillers indiscriminately and getting more help to addicts. It's estimated more than one-thousand Canadians will die this year as a result of taking prescription painkillers ... most from overdoses .
Michel Perron of the The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse says the changes should help individuals, families and whole communities struggling with drug addiction. We heard from him.
62-year-old Vancouver resident Candace Plattor is an addictions counsellor today. But twenty-five years ago, she became addicted to prescription drugs -- painkillers aimed at helping her battle Crohn's disease. We heard from her.
Host of White Coat Black Art, Dr. Brian Goldman
Controlling pain and risking addiction is a delicate balance and doctors struggle with it. Dr. Brian Goldman has watched the struggle play out over the years as an emergency room physician. He is also the host of White Coat Black Art on CBC Radio. He joined us in Toronto.
QEII Health Sciences Centre, Mary Lynch
Mary Lynch is the director of research at the pain management unit at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. She's a professor of Anesthesia, Psychiatry and Pharmacology at Dalhouise University. Dr. Lynch is concerned that this national strategy to curb the misuse of prescription drugs could harm people with a legitimate need for these drugs. She joined us from Halifax.
This segment was produced by The Current's Josh Bloch, Vanessa Greco and Farrah Richardson.
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