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 Dr. Stephen Kish, Senior Scientist and Head of the Human Brain Laboratory in the Research Imaging Centre
Addiction to tobacco (presently a legal substance for adults in Canada) is a leading cause of death worldwide — but it is a challenge to deliver effective smoking cessation services at a time of scarce health care dollars. Many who wish to quit will first contact a health care professional such as a family doctor, nurse or pharmacist for a plan, but few are actually trained in treating tobacco addiction. Read more
Dr. Sacha Agrawal and Pat Capponi, co-leaders of the Patient as Teacher initiative, discuss the positive impact of their program, which pairs fourth year psychiatry residents with people with lived-experience, in order to give a better understanding of the lives and needs of the people they will be helping. Read more