Province

Provincial legislation aims to recover opioid costs

The UCP say new legislation would help Alberta hold opioid manufacturers and wholesalers accountable for opioid-related health-care costs and damages. The Opioid Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act would enable Alberta to participate in B.C.’s proposed national class action suit against these opioid companies. […]

Columns

Comment: Seniors at risk for opioid poisoning – how caregivers can help

(NC) Older adults experience higher rates of chronic pain and disease than the general population and are therefore routinely prescribed opioids to deal with pain associated with conditions such as arthritis and cancer. This may help explain why they have a higher rate of hospitalizations due to opioid poisoning than any other age group, according to a recent report. […]

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Comment: Youth and opioids: What parents need to know

(NC) With 21.5 million opioid prescriptions dispensed in 2016, Canada is the second highest per capita consumer of opioids worldwide. Anyone using opioids is at risk of an overdose, including young people that are prescribed opioids for a number of reasons such as dental surgery or sports injuries. […]

Local News

Province expands naloxone program

Alberta’s firefighters now have greater access to lifesaving naloxone kits now that all first responders can administer naloxone by injection.

The province said Tuesday fentanyl and other opioids continue to take a deadly toll in Alberta communities. There were 343 deaths in 2016 due to apparent fentanyl-related drug overdoses, a 33 per cent increase from the 257 deaths listed in 2015. […]