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.
On January 28th, the IceDogs were a shot away from a record setting third 3 in 3 weekend sweep but it was not to be, losing in a North Bay shootout. Since then, the team has gone winless in ten including a Monday afternoon overtime loss in Peterborough 4-3.
Colton Incze stood on his head, making 40 saves Saturday night, as the IceDogs fell 3-1 in Barrie. The game’s first star had to make 18 saves in the second period alone.
A night of deflections went the way of the visitors as the IceDogs fell 6-3 to visiting Owen Sound. In the 'Dogs first game in a 6 game in 9 days stretch, the home side was unable to hold a third period one goal lead.