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Tyndall, Mark (2020) A safer drug supply: a pragmatic and ethical response to the overdose crisis. CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association journal , 192 , (34) .

URL: https://www.cmaj.ca/content/192/34/E986

Commentary. Key points:
• Overdose deaths in British Columbia are largely due to potent synthetic opioids.
• A “prohibition” approach that focuses on reducing access to pharmaceutical products directly contributes to exposure to higher risk illicit substances, which has put many people at risk of overdose.
• The public health response to a poisoning epidemic must be to provide a safer alternative, which must include providing a safe supply of pharmaceutical drugs, as well as decriminalization of drug use and a redeployment of resources from enforcement to social and health services.


Item Type
Article
Publication Type
Irish-related, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
CNS stimulants, Opioid, Prescription/Over the counter
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
Date
24 August 2020
Identification #
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.201618
Pages
E986-E987
Publisher
Canadian Medical Association
Volume
192
Number
34
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