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EDITORIAL: Ray of hope on opioids

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It’s tempting — very, very tempting — to say it’s about time. Overdue, in fact.

Thursday, the Canadian Institute for Health Information report on opioid pain-killing prescriptions in this country found that, based on the available information from four provinces (Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia) the number of people being prescribed and using the drugs for medical reasons are falling.

Generally, the study shows fewer people are starting on opioids (9.6 per cent fewer), more people are leaving the drug, and the length of time the drugs are prescribed for is shorter, too.

Overall, there’s been an eight per cent decrease in the number of people taking the drugs between 2013 and 2018.

It’s important to note, though, that reducing the number of prescriptions........

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