Safe supply: The debate around prescribing opioids to people who use drugs

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  1. K. Kilburn

    First of all, the last time I checked, about four years ago, there was not a single medical school in Ontario that had a mandatory core course in substance use and misuse, and related responses (prevention, harm reduction, treatment). Mandatory. Core.

    Given this long-lasting and unprofessional, unethical, failure, I would most strongly urge all physicians, regarding this issue, to consult with a sound research organization, such as the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, or the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research at UVic, for information and advice.

    And second, it is critical for all physicians, once informed by one of the above institutions, and the federal Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse, to actively lobby, within their own organizations, and with provincial and federal politicians and ministries, for reforms to legislation.

    People are dying. And they matter

    • Vera-D.

      In Canada you won’t be given painkillers either. They are reserved for addicts not people with chronic pain. We’ve already had a few patients “put down” here for pain, so not terminal. Patient A.B. in Ontario qualified for medical aid in dying because of osteoarthritis. The elder-care industry actually benefits as the less you can do for yourself, the more money to be made providing daily support tasks for you. If you lived in 1900 you could buy patent medicine with opiates in your situation and have a better quality of life.

  2. Robert Casaletto

    In the US Doctors refuse to even write prescriptions for any opioids. If you are elderly and have any degree of pain, it is impossible to get a prescription for an opioid. I have Scoliosis and they won’t write them for me. Maybe I should move to Canada.

  3. Giulia Di Giorgio

    I love this article and these people. I’ve been waiting so long to see this happen and commend you for being as proactive and courageous as you are; I hope all primary care will recognize the benefits of a safe supply and Canada will be commended for being instrumental in dismantling the the old system of “treatment” that is too narrow and rigid and perpetuates the cycle that keeps ppl down.

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