Doctors develop national opioid guidelines (Dr. Evan Wood)

A network of doctors has developed a new Canadian guideline for managing opioid use disorder, including a recommendation of which replacement medication should first be used to treat those addicted to the powerful narcotics.

The guideline, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, was created for a wide range of health-care providers to address the urgent need for treatment of opioid use that is causing a crisis of overdoses and deaths.

“In British Columbia, in about one in four prescription opioid overdose deaths, methadone is actually the culprit,” said Dr. Evan Wood, director of the BC Centre on Substance Use and senior author of the guideline.

Sheryl Ubelacker reports

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