Changes in illicit opioid use across Canada

Fischer, Benedikt; Rehm, Jürgen; Patra, Jayadeep; Cruz, Michelle Firestone
November 2006
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;11/21/2006, Vol. 175 Issue 11, p1385
Academic Journal
The article discusses a study on changes in illicit opioid use across Canada. All assessments of participants throughout the study were conducted by means of a standardized protocol. Researchers found evidence that suggests that heroin use has become an increasingly marginal form of drug use among illicit opioid users in the country. The findings highlight several crucial points. First, prescription opioids used by street drug users originally come from the medical system rather than from illicit production and distribution.


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