Safer opioids actively being reviewed for epidemic: chief public health officer

A safer supply of opioids is a “no-brainer” to ensure people are not forced to turn to a “deadly, illegal market”
National Post (Canada)
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Heroin being prepared at a supervised injection site in VancouverPublic health officials across Canada are seriously considering increasing the supply of safer opioids to quell a crisis that newly released data show helped claim more than 2,000 lives in the first half of the year. Canada’s chief public health officer said Wednesday a toxic drug supply is a key part of Canada’s opioid epidemic. Creating a safer opioid supply is “being actively reviewed and discussed” with provinces and territories, Dr. Theresa Tam said, and will require exploring what treatments people require. (See also: Ending the overdose epidemic starts with a safe supply of drugs)