Source: Nicole Ireland, CBC NEws, January 11, 2018 

1 in 5 Canadian adults says they have been prescribed opioids in the past 5 years

One in eight Canadian adults says a family member or close friend has become “dependent on or addicted” to opioids in the last five years, an Angus Reid poll released on Thursday says.

The poll also suggests that even as public awareness of the devastating risk of addiction to opioid painkillers — including oxycodone, hydromorphone, and fentanyl — has risen, they are still regularly prescribed.

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