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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.
Trudeau holds a campaign event in downtown Vancouver, B.C., on Aug. 18, 2021 (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

Canada’s drug crisis has killed at least 23,000. What has Justin Trudeau done about it?

Justin Ling: The Liberals’ platform offers little to tackle Canada’s most deadly epidemic
A file image taken at the Insite safe injection facility in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (Darryl Dyck/CP)

A safe supply for drug users may be the only way to head off an even greater coronavirus tragedy

Vancouver’s mayor has urgently asked Ottawa for a legal exemption, saying users’ need to source drugs makes social-distancing impossible for them
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What’s really making North Americans so unhappy?

Peter Shawn Taylor: Happiness researchers like Jeffrey Sachs argue we’re suffering from an epidemic of addictions. But science and history tell a different story.
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The fentanyl risk for postal workers: health and safety is not a given

Postal workers’ union calls for safety measures to address possible exposure
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The next step for Canada: decriminalize hard drugs

Stephen Maher: Legalizing marijuana should lead Canada to tackle a more pressing challenge—ending the deadly and cruel war on drugs
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In the heart of America, Trump is the only politician they know

With the midterm elections looming, Allen Abel visits a tiny town in Kentucky where only one name stirs interest—for better or worse
OxyContin 80 mg pills are shot in the studio on August 1, 2013.

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
This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. The state of Montana is seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin from marketing opioids to Montana prescribers, seeking to put the force of a court order behind Purdue Pharma's recent promise to end such marketing nationwide. (Toby Talbot/AP)

Health Canada plans to ’severely restrict’ opioid marketing as death toll mounts

The feds are even talking about criminal charges in future cases. But are they ready to crack down on drug promotion disguised as ’medical education’?
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Health Canada’s latest weapon in the opioid wars: big yellow stickers

As of October, Health Canada will require high-visibility warning stickers and fact sheets to be included with every opioid prescription