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As Canadians remain the second-highest per capita users of opioids in the world, an in-depth and informed national conversation needs to be undertaken into how this was allowed to intensify throughout the country over the past several years.


Further, there has been a rapid increase in the overdoses and deaths caused by opioids, especially from highly concentrated forms such as fentanyl. The rate of hospitalization has increased by 27% over the past five years with an average of 11 deaths per day in 2017. 

Research suggests that the use and misuse of opioids is a complex health and social issue that requires further investigation. 

In light of this crisis, we ask experts: What factors are contributing to the use, misuse, dependence and/or addictions caused by opioids? What measures can be taken to mitigate the risk of harm caused by opioids?

Join us: 

Wednesday, February 20th, 8AM-10AM

Room C110, 1 Wellington St. 

Watch now:


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Dr. Sheri Fandrey

Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba


Dr. Caroline Hosatte-


Emergency Medicine Resident at McGill University


Dr. Esther Tailfeathers

Medical Lead for the Population and Public, Indigenous Strategic Care Network

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Dr. Jeffrey


Medical Director,

Ottawa Inner

City Health


Dr. John Weekes

Director, Research and Academics, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care

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