Canada is second leading consumer of opioids in the world.
Doctors are being urged to put down their prescription pads and only prescribe opioids as a last resort.
The chairman of the Coalition for Safe and Effective Pain Management cites an interim report presented in Calgary yesterday that says Canada is the second-leading consumer of opioids in the world.
Michael Heitshu says the drugs are often prescribed for common back pain and arthritis - conditions where such drugs aren't very effective.
The report says doctors can combat rising addiction rates by recommending alternative therapies such as physio and chiropractic care, and suggests governments considering adding alternative medicine to public health-care coverage.
Stephen Dhillon made 40 saves, many of the unbelievable variety as the IceDogs took a point out of Owen Sound, falling 3-2 in a shootout. A pair of third period goals got the Dogs into overtime.
Colton Incze was outstanding in goal but it wasn't enough as the IceDogs lost 3-1 in Mississauga. Getting the start against the league's top rated power-play, Incze made several great stops at the Steelheads went 1 for 14 with the man advantage.
The IceDogs got contributions from 6 different goal scorers in a 6-1 win on home ice over North Bay. The Dogs have now won two of their past three and are just four points out of top spot in the Central Division of the OHL.