Doctors in Canada are well aware they helped create the opioid crisis in Canada, now they’re diligently working to correct it.
Dr. Theman with the College of Physicians and Surgeons Alberta told the Alberta Morning News they are releasing a consultative process to their members and the public.
“Part of this is just around the steps a physician should take any time you’re considering prescribing a medication,” he said. “The second is to be more specific around the use of opioids.”
But he stresses nothing is finalized until further discussion.
“It’s not in place yet. This is a draft standard and now it has to go out for consultation. It will be viewed by any member of the public who wants to look at it, as well as all the members of the profession, they’re going to get it directly and they’re going to be asked to comment.”
Dr. Theman says opioid abuse is more common with patients who need long term therapy. In those cases, he says its important doctors look at alternate treatment. (kb/amn)