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PHO Grand Rounds: Understanding the fentanyl crisis in Canada: A public health lens
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Chronic Diseases and Injuries:Chronic diseases; Emergency Preparedness; Learning and development; Research and Collaboration
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Grand Rounds
Format: In Person; Webinar

​Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

According to the Canadian Medical Association (1), opioid consumption and harms in Canada are among the highest in the world. Recently, fentanyl has been linked to an increasing number of opioid-related deaths.  Why have we developed a fentanyl crisis in Canada? What are some initiatives being used to reduce opioid-related deaths?  This presentation will offer a public health perspective on the dynamics of opioid-related deaths in Canada, and review current initiatives in Canada and other jurisdictions aimed at addressing the problem.

Reference: 1.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.

Presenters: Dr. Pamela Leece and Meldon Kahan

Dr. Pamela Leece is a senior resident in the Public Health and Preventive Medicine program at the University of Toronto, and a Clinical Associate with the Substance Use Service at Women’s College Hospital.

Dr. Meldon Kahan is currently Medical Director of the Substance Use Service at Women’s College Hospital, and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at University of Toronto. 
Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. 
PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI). For more information, contact 


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