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POLICY ACTION NEEDED TO ADDRESS RISING OPIOID PRESCRIPTION RATES: CROSBIE
Today, Progressive Conservative Leader Ches Crosbie is calling on the Ball Liberals to take action and address concerns surrounding rising opioid prescription rates.
Friday, July 13, 2018

For Immediate Release

Policy Action Needed to Address Rising Opioid Prescription Rates: Crosbie

St. John’s, NL (July 13, 2018) – Today, Progressive Conservative Leader Ches Crosbie is calling on the Ball Liberals to take action and address concerns surrounding rising opioid prescription rates.

“As our country continues to grapple with the on-going opioid crisis, it is alarming to see opioid prescription rates increase in Newfoundland and Labrador. Our current approach is failing, as the focus is placed on monitoring all physicians rather than the activities of outlier physicians who are indiscriminately prescribing without medical indication,” said Crosbie

“Unless we start to focus on the outliers, we allow the creation of a health and safety risk for our families and our communities.”

Crosbie refers to a recent report released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information indicating that Newfoundland and Labrador was the only province to see an increase in the rate of opioid prescriptions last year. Overall, Canada saw a 10 per cent decrease compared to the 2 per cent increase in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Crosbie believes it is time to focus monitoring efforts on outlier physicians who may be overprescribing opioids, and ensure that patients are better informed of the potential harm of opioid abuse.

“While we must continue to work with our province’s talented physicians to improve health outcomes, we also must take immediate policy actions to address this problem,” added Crosbie

“When it comes to health care, I believe we must have zero-tolerance for harm, and zero-tolerance for waste. The current Liberal approach has neither.”

Contact: Media@ChesCrosbie.ca, (709) 222-9092

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