Stopping the opioid epidemic means smarter prescribing (Dr. Evan Wood)
One of the confusing ironies of addressing the opioid crisis is that halting overdose deaths will require stopping prescribing for some, while actively prescribing opioids to others.
Having spent the past year being centrally involved in the response to British Columbia’s overdose crisis, I’m always surprised when I hear people question the role of prescription opioids in the fatal overdose epidemic.
The shenanigans of the pharmaceutical industry in promoting opioid drugs as safe have been clearly exposed, and the deadly effects of over-prescription in areas where marketing strategies were most intense have also been well documented.
Dr. Evan Wood writes