The Canadian Press

2016-10-28 | NS Opioid Deaths

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Nova Scotia is launching a multi-front battle to try to head off a crisis similar to the one now facing British Columbia in opioid drug deaths. Chief public health officer Robert Strang says 49 deaths -- including seven from the highly potent painkiller fentanyl (FEN-tan-ill) -- so far this year from opioids show "urgent" action is needed to avert a crisis. He says just tiny amounts of illicit fentanyl can be fatal. (Seven committees have been set up to examine issues ranging from increasing the availability of naloxone (Nah-lox-own) kits a medication that reverses the effects of overdoses to securing funding for addiction centres that provide education.)

Date: 2016-10-28
Placeline: HALIFAX.
Source: The Canadian Press
Length: 11 seconds

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