Opioid prescriptions 'drying up,' doctor concerned where patients will turn

Prescriptions for pain pills in St. John's have become scarce since a rash of overdoses from the deadly opioid fentanyl, says an addictions doctor.

Bruce Hollett, divisional chief of family medicine, chronic pain and addiction at the Waterford Hospital, is concerned with where patients will turn when their prescription is not renewed.

He pointed to St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, where patients who do not need emergency attention or a hospital bed can go to a 24/7 detox area with comfortable chairs, a welcoming environment and a dose of suboxone — an anti-addiction drug deemed safer than methadone.

Ryan Cooke reports

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