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How Canada got addicted to fentanyl

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Manufactured in China, it easily crosses our porous borders, triggering a heroin-like bliss in users – and, all too often, death. The Globe investigates the rise of a fatal opioid t’s as easy as ordering a book online: Sign up for an account, choose a method of payment, and receive the package in three to four business days. But first, there …

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Canada allows heroin to be prescribed in severe opioid addiction cases

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Government says Canada facing opioid overdose crisis and health-care providers need help in treating addicts VANCOUVER — Health Canada has amended regulations allowing doctors to prescribe heroin to people who are severely addicted to opioids. The government says the country is facing an opioid overdose crisis and health-care providers need help in treating patients suffering from chronic dependency. The change …

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Doctors Who Treat Opioid Addiction Often See Very Few Patients

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Health care providers have to have permission from the federal government to provide medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. Many people struggling with opioid addiction can’t find a doctor to provide medication-assisted treatment, even though it’s highly effective. One reason could be that doctors who are qualified to prescribe the medication typically treat just a handful of patients. Researchers at the …

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‘Bionic’ opioid 100 times stronger than fentanyl may already be on Canadian streets

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Carfentanil is a potent opioid commonly used to tranquilize elephants and other large animals but is making its way onto the streets of U.S. and Canadian cities. (Vancouver RCMP) s a former drug addict, Byron Klingbyle knows all too well the dangers of addiction. In recovery for close to 20 years, the 59-year-old now counsels others dealing with substance abuse. …