By Dr. Peter Selby, Chief of Addictions and Director of Medical Education at CAMH
In the past few weeks, the media has covered a spate of tragic deaths from overdose due to fentanyl, a very potent opioid, some 50 times stronger than morphine. What’s more is that new research shows skyrocketing prescription rates and illegally produced opioids are accessible across the country.
Overdose deaths are needless and entirely preventable; it’s time to take action.
By Catherine Zahn, President and CEO, CAMH
Earlier this week, the New York Times published an op-ed commenting on an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA). In the AMA article, three ethicists argued that the movement to deinstitutionalize the mentally ill has been a failure. The op-ed author reiterated the fact that deinstitutionalization has failed those who suffer acute mental illness – and that would be true. However, I was disappointed to hear her go on to say that rather than recalibrate supports for our patients in the community, we should go back to the olden days. Read more
By Dr. Sandy Simpson, Chief of Forensic Psychiatry at CAMH
Why are so many people with mental illness in jail?
The problem of people with mental illness being over-represented in the criminal justice system is widely referred to as the ‘criminalisation of the mentally ill’. Why are there more people with mental health problems in the criminal justice system than there should be?
Mental illness rates are about 4 to 7 times more common in prison than in the community. The reasons for this are complex. Read more
Dr. Jürgen Rehm
By Dr. Jürgen Rehm, Director of the Social and Epidemiological Research Department at CAMH
Today CAMH released a new Cannabis Policy Framework . This document examines the evidence on the harms associated with cannabis use and, based on that evidence, recommends legalization with strict regulation as the most effective means of reducing the harms associated with its use. Read more