Jun 19, 2018

By Bob Komsic

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Apparent opioid overdoses killed almost 4,000 Canadians last year with men the most likely victims and fentanyl the clear reason.
The death toll is about 1,000 more than in 2016.
In Ontario, there were 1,125 deaths last year compared to 726 the previous year.

The new government numbers also show 72% of apparent opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl or fentanyl analogues.
The data comes as Ottawa announces plans to restrict the way drug companies market opioids to doctors.
Health Canada says marketing can influence the way health professionals dispense prescriptions and tighter rules will help reduce over-prescribing.
For the next month, the government will seek comments on restricting marketing practices and ask drug companies to voluntarily stop marketing associated with opioids until regulations are in place. 
Health Canada promises the new rules will be tough, ranging from administrative fines to possible criminal charges.
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