opioid crisis

Vincent Lam has worked on the frontlines of Canada’s opioid crisis. It haunts him.

“Some patients stopped treatment, overdosed and died. Those cases will always be with me.”

Zachary Bonneau. (Photo illustration by Hsiao-Ron Cheng)

Every 49 minutes

That’s how frequently people died of drug poisoning in Canada during one dreadful week last summer. Here, their mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters share a message: the opioid crisis touches everyone.

Paula Haddad, whose son died from opioids, outside a Boston courthouse in January 2019 (Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe/Getty Images)

Empire of Pain: The billionaire Sackler family’s role in the opioid crisis

A much-anticipated book delves into the Sackler dynasty’s multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical business and its staggering human cost

Decriminalization is not a radical solution to the opioid crisis. And it would work.

Jane Philpott: If you don’t already know someone who has lost a loved one because of an accidental opioid overdose, it’s only a matter of time until you will

Fentanyl-detecting dogs are the newest soldiers in the battle against opioids

The search for the opioid is as dangerous to the police dog as it is to its human handler. It’s high-risk duty.

Why people hooked on opioids, especially in the U.S., keep falling through the cracks

The author notes that the culture of pill-taking often takes hold in early life, when kids are prescribed drugs such as Adderall or Ritalin for ADHD

How opioid vending machines could fix Vancouver’s drug crisis

Paul Wells: Overdoses killed 1,422 people in B.C. last year. For one doctor the solution is to “offer people the opportunity to get drugs that won’t kill them.”

Learning to fight the opioid crisis at Vancouver Community College

If you’re going to be an addictions counsellor, book learning isn’t enough. These students are getting a dose of reality

Facing the opioid crisis, an establishment doctor heads to the streets

Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull leaves behind an elite medical career to help homeless people suffering from addiction

‘Unexplained losses’ of opioids on the rise in Canadian hospitals

Morphine, hydromorphone, oxycodone, codeine, and fentanyl all seem to disappear without a known cause from Canadian hospitals

Opioid crisis: Trump declared it an emergency, why won’t Trudeau?

Opinion: By declaring a national public welfare emergency, Ottawa could unlock critical funds to respond to Canada’s opioid crisis

Can Ottawa stop Canada’s deadly opioid crisis?

In 2016 alone, 2,816 Canadians died. The Liberals are scrambling to confront an unprecedented health crisis. Paul Wells on why frontline workers say it’s only going to get worse.