Canada is witnessing a very problematic situation – an opioid crisis that is far from ending. Now, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, those hospital visits related to opioids are on the rise in Canada, and it is one of the most negative problems that affect Canadians, at the moment. As the Canadian Institute for Health Information reported, only between January and November 2018, Canadian hospitals in Ontario alone received more than 500 opioid-related visits.
The situation seems like not going to end anytime soon, and that’s a big problem for Canada, in general, and the country’s health system, in particular. The recovery from opioids is challenging for patients, and the whole situation is even worse since synthetic opiates popped up on the market.
“At RVH we usually have four or five doctors on at a time. We each see three to five per shirt, every day,” says Dr. Joey Rampton from the Royal Victoria Regional Health Center.
Hospital Visits Related To Opioids Are On The Rise In Canada
According to experts, classic drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, or heroin, are losing ground in front of fentanyl, the most commonly used synthetic opioid across Canada, as well as in the United States and other regions in the world where it may be found under different names.
“In Barrie [in Ontario, Canada] there’s Percocet, Oxycontin, and Xanax that look identical to the real stuff, and they’re fake. They’re 100 percent fentanyl,” warned Dr. Joey Rampton.
If users do not get immediate medical care, the results might be deadly. Only in Simcoe-Muskoka, for example, there have been more than 31 confirmed opioid-related deaths.
“We need to come at this from multiple angles and multiple sectors, and that’s really what we’re doing. We’ll see if we’re able to shift the needle or not. Clearly, this is such a complex problem,” explained Dr. Lisa Simon from the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit.