Prescriptions for drugs like morphine and oxycodone on the rise in Canada – CTV News

TORONTO — A new study shows prescriptions for high-dose formulations of opioids like oxycodone and morphine jumped by 23 per cent in Canada between 2006 and 2011, despite guidelines advising doctors against giving most patients such elevated doses.

Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences found the rates of high-dose opioid dispensing across Canada increased (more…)

Oxycodone And Morphine Popular In Canada Where Opioid Prescriptions Have … – Medical…

Here’s a simple, if arresting, fact: The United States and Canada have the highest rates of prescription opioid use in the world. After a close examination of the numbers on the northern side of the border, researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences discovered differing patterns of opioid use across the provinces, while overall in Canada, (more…)

Aglukkaq asks for US help to control oxycodone – CMAJ

Months after the federal health minister ignored expert advice and approved a generic version of the much-abused prescription drug oxycodone, she has now asked for assistance from the United States in controlling the drug’s use.

Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq sent a letter on Mar. 12 to Gil Kerlikowske of the Office of National Drug Policy and Dr. Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the (more…)