hcq volume 20, issue 4, P10-12 2018 DOI: 10.12927/hcq.2018.25430 View full text
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Vera Grywacheski, Shannon O’Connor, Krista Louie

Abstract: The rise in harms associated with opioids is an issue of increasing public health importance in Canada. The Government of Canada recently reported 2,816 apparent opioid-related deaths across the country in 2016. Recent 2017 data show that deaths involving fentanyl-related opioids have doubled from January to March as compared to the same time period in 2016 (Government of Canada 2017). Additional measures that provide a better understanding of opioid-related harms, such as hospitalizations and emergency depart…

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