The growing number of deaths due to opioids is a national concern. A summit on the Canadian opioid crisis will bring together concerned experts and organizations in Ottawa on Nov. 18.
Canada has the highest rate of opioid use in the world, with a significant increase in the number of individuals who have become addicted and misused these medications in recent years.
Opioids are a class of drugs that are generally prescribed to manage pain. According to a recent report by CAMH, Canada has the highest rate of opioid use in the world, and there has been a significant increase in the number of individuals who have become addicted and misused these medications in recent years, particularly with a drug called Fentanyl. This has led to an increase in accidental overdoses causing death across Canada.
The government of Canada has said it will work with partners across the country to address this important issue. Health Canada’s Action on Opioid Misuse can be viewed on the Government of Canada website.
In addition, Ontario has recently developed an opioid strategy which was announced on Oct. 12. More information on this strategy can be found on the Ontario government website.
National health minister Jane Philpott and Ontario health minister Erik Hoskins will be hosting the conference and representatives from CMHA Ontario will be in attendance. The desired outcome of the summit is a Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis with a prioritized set of actions.
The conference will be available to the public via webcast. Registration is available online.