Information about Canada Opioid Crisis
Canada has recently experienced an opioid epidemic and this condition has been classified as a national health crisis that needs urgent actions. The ultimate purpose for opioids is to reduce pain and these dr8ugs are to be prescribed although there are scenarios where populaces overdoes ignorantly or even abuse these drugs to get high which later contributes to untimely death cases. These increased death rates and cases have affected many families even communities and the Canadian nation at large. Basically, those people who abused the drug were either ignorant or trying to abuse it as a way of getting high. Canada is the second largest nation recording a high intake of opioids.
In 2017, the death figures were at four thousand. This can be translated to mean that three hundred and thirty three people died each month throughout the year. There two classifications of these overdoses or overuses and these are either accidental or intentional. These death cases increased by 34% as compared to the year 2016. There are no summative death rates for this year but it’s believed that the condition has worsened.
The fact that there is this epidemic in Canada does not mean that the government is relaxing. The government is working all round the clock to ensure that illegal opioids and its usage is restricted and that populaces are sticking to legal prescriptions. There are plans and restrictions to be effected on how these opioids are marketed and availed to the general populace. The police and government prosecutors are hunting illegal opioid dealers with an aim of prosecuting them and keeping them away from the streets.
It is saddening to learn that opioids are still abused and the general populaces have excessive illegal access. The summative prescriptions for opioids in the year 2017 were more than twenty one million. Fentanyl is also being smuggled from china and being availed illegally on the streets for the populaces. Therefore, the government is trying its level best to combat the smuggling of this fentanyl whether from china or any other place in the world.
The Canadian government at large is obliged with the sole responsibility of identifying reliable strategies and means through which opioids and fentanyl shall be dispensed from the streets. This action must incorporate reducing the number of opioids prescribed on a year. Also, there is need to deal with those cartels who avail illegal opioids to the general public and when arrested, overcharge them. Sensitizing the populaces will help minimalize the accidental overuse of these drugs.