Prescription for Life: Summary Report, June 2015
This report provides key actions urgently needed to improve opioid safety and reduce accidental overdose fatalities and injuries with a focus on expanded access to the emergency first aid medicine naloxone.
Massive increases in opioid prescribing have made Canada a world leader in per-capita prescription opioid consumption and Ontario a leading province in opioid prescribing and high dose opioid dispensing. Ontario has witnessed 13 years of increasing and record-setting opioid overdose fatalities, which now rank as the third leading cause of accidental death, and more than double the number of drivers killed in motor vehicle collisions. More than 5000 Ontarians have died of an opioid overdose since 2000, the vast majority unintentionally.
Premier Wynne and Minister Hoskins: