Research targets ‘scrip opioid abuse

December 2, 2010

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Non-medical use of prescription opioids nowadays is estimated to kill more Canadians than heroin, cocaine or other illicit drug misuse. SFU health sciences professor Benedikt Fischer wants to see a reversal of that trend. With $200,000 of new funding from the inaugural Population Health Intervention Studies program from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, he plans to investigate whether intervention programs can reduce the acute harms caused by prescription opioid analgesics.

“In a society with extremely high usage levels of prescription opioids, we need to urgently understand how targeted interventions can reduce acute harms and problems from improper use,” notes Fischer. “The scientific insights gleaned from this research can eventually be translated into effective public health policy.”


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