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Every state bears the burden of the opioid crisis. Digital Deliverance/Shutterstock.com

Opioid epidemic may have cost states at least $130 billion in treatment and related expenses – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg

State governments are leading the charge against opioid makers over their role in the epidemic. A team of researchers at Penn State examined just how much the crisis has cost them.
A man injects drugs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Feb. 6, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Without safe injection sites, more opioid users will die

In the midst of a public health crisis, with increasing rates of death from opioid overdose, the Ontario government is clawing back life-saving measures.
A man walks in a back alley in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, February 2019. More people fatally overdosed in British Columbia last year compared with 2017 despite efforts to combat the province’s public health emergency. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The opioid crisis is not about pain

A policy response focused on reducing prescription opioids will not resolve North America's opioid crisis. And it is hurting many adults who live with otherwise unbearable chronic pain.
Many cases of lower back pain are best managed through education, exercise and manual treatment. (Shutterstock)

Back pain? A physiotherapist may offer the most effective treatment, if you can afford it

The over-medicalization of back pain is a global concern. New research in Canada shows that people with lower income as well as rural and remote dwellers are less likely to access physiotherapy care.
Most people are fine with a drink, but when one becomes several, there may be a problem. Zachary Byer/Shutterstock.com

Are your grandparents getting tipsy at the holiday party?

Drinking among older adults is up. And while overdrinking may not pose an immediate threat of overdose, it is not healthy for seniors, many of whom take several medications and are at risk for falls.
The growing trend of sexualised injection meth use — colloquially referred to as ‘slamming’ — is a growing public health concern due to the dual risk of transmission of HIV and other blood-borne viruses via both injection and sexual transmission. (Shutterstock)

Gay men who use crystal meth need integrated care

The sexualized use of crystal meth by gay men is one of the key drivers of rising HIV rates and has many negative mental health consequences. Integrated sexual and substance use care is vital.
Research shows that money and meals from the pharmaceutical industry do increase the amount doctors prescribe the drugs being marketed. (Shutterstock)

What Big Pharma pays your doctor

Big Pharma in Canada is far behind the curve when it comes to disclosing what payments to health-care professionals are for.

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