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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. http://policybase.cma.ca/dbtw-wpd/Policypdf/PD15-06.pdf
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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.
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