Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Ontario to track overuse of OxyContin and other prescriptions drugs

From the Western Star:
Ontario plans to launch a new tracking system to curb the abuse of the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin and other prescription drugs, a growing problem that's sparked crackdowns in other provinces.

The system would monitor prescription narcotics and other controlled substances, from painkillers such as oxycodone, morphine and codeine, to stimulants and sedatives like Ritalin, Valium and phenobarbital.

The misuse of prescription narcotics isn't just a problem in Ontario, said Health Minister Deb Matthews.

"Canada does have one of the highest per capita usages of anywhere in the world, and Ontario is more than double the rate of the rest of Canada," she said in an interview Friday. ...more

1 comment:

Kat Sias said...

After all, if they receive money from the government in any way, they must be arguing in favor of increased government power because of the subsidy.