OTTAWA – Public health officials throughout the country are seriously considering increasing the supply of safer opioids to end the crisis, as data released recently in the first half of the year showed that more than 2000 people were living.
Canada's chief public health specialist said Wednesday that drug supply is a major component of the Canadian opioid epidemic.
Dr. Teresa Tam said that the provision of safer opioids is "actively revised and discussed" with provinces and territories, and this will require the study of which types of treatments people need.
It was said that the illicit drug delivery market-oriented approach would not be easy, adding that she also hoped that the Canadians would understand the severity of the problem.
"Throughout Canada, not everyone is on the same page," said Tam. "I think my base is a reinforced, compassionate answer. To carry out many of these measures, you need a company that is next door."
The British Columbia Provincial Healthcare Officer welcomed the decision to consider a safer offer – although this province has long been requested.
"Currently, the issue we are dealing with is B.C. and is rising throughout the country, it is poisonous, toxic drugs on the streets," said Dr. Bonnie Henry.
"It is precisely at this moment that people in this province are being killed. We know that, along with stigma and the fact that addicted people need this medicine, it's not that it is a choice, and they can say," Oh, I no longer want to take them. ""
Donald MacPherson, Chief Executive of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, said that a safer opioid offer is "careless" to ensure that people are not forced to turn to a "deadly illicit market".
Figures published on Wednesday by the Public Health Agency show that 94% of opioid-related deaths were categorized as accidental poisoning this year. Nearly 72% were accidental deaths due to very toxic substances produced by fentanyl and fentanyl.
It is estimated that fentanyl, a very strong and addictive opioid, is up to 100 times more potent than morphine and is usually blended with opioids that are sold on the street, which means that users do not know what medicines they are taking.
The Canadian Health Information Institute has also reported data on 27 percent of adult hospitalizations due to "opioid-related poisoning" over the last five years. Hospital rates last year were 2.5 times larger in smaller communities with populations ranging from 50,000 to 100,000 compared to Canada's largest cities.
Canadian healthcare professionals have also encouraged Ottawa to adopt the Portuguese approach to drug policy, which prohibits limiting the quantity of drugs for personal use, while offering education and social support. Henry argued that the liberals should consider decriminalization.
"Currently, the federal government does not consider decriminalizing people at a national level," Henry said.
"We are facing a crisis in BC where do we need to do more."