"In recent years, an opioid epidemic has swept through North America, spawning a public health crisis. While opioids are legitimately prescribed by doctors to control pain, some people can quickly become dependent on them.
What’s more, illicit opioids, including the dangerous drug fentanyl, are often bought on the street. Too many Canadians have seen a loved one become dependent on prescribed or illicit opioids, often with devastating results. Every day, about 11 Canadians die from opioid-related incidents.
New Brunswick is not immune to this trend. Opioids like oxycodone, dilaudid and morphine are prescribed by doctors in this province, and illegal and synthetic opioids can be found on our streets or are added to other illicit drugs.
Taken as prescribed, opioids can help safely manage pain or treat chronic conditions – but it’s crucial that New Brunswickers understand the risks that come with any form of opioid use."
Please visit the Government of New Brunswick website for more information - https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/promo/opioids_new.html