Opioid crisis: Pain specialist calls on government to fix holes in system

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Thursday April 28, 2016

Opioid crisis: Pain specialist calls on government to fix holes in system

On The Current last week, we covered the growing issue of opioid abuse in Canada after British Columbia declared a public health emergency.

So far this year, there have been more than 200 overdose deaths in the province related to the synthetic opioid, fentanyl.

After our segment aired, we heard from many doctors struggling to care for patients with chronic pain.

Dr. Hance Clarke, director of Toronto General Hospital’s Transitional Pain Program, believes it’s time the government addresses the opioid crisis. He says the system has created this crisis, and it’s failing patients living with pain.

This segment was produced by The Current’s Shannon Higgins.

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Opioid crisis: Pain specialist calls on government to fix holes in system

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