Life expectancy down due to opioids: report

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA–Canada’s chief public health officer says the opioid crisis may be responsible for limiting Canadians’ life expectancy.
In a report released this morning, Dr. Theresa Tam said life expectancy steadily has been on the rise in Canada but she warned the life expectancy in B.C. is decreasing–the province hit hardest by the opioid crisis.
Tam’s report, focusing on alcohol, cannabis, and opioid use among youth, also said the drop in life expectancy is more prominent among men and Canadians living in poorer neighbourhoods.
It calls for further research on effective policies for preventing problematic opioid and cannabis use in youth.
Tam also said Canadian regulations coming soon will restrict marketing and advertising of opioids to health-care practitioners, noting this “may help” reduce overprescribing of the drugs.
Government data shows nearly 4,000 Canadians died from apparent opioid overdoses last year.

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