Prescription drugs are increasingly used by Canadians for recreational or non-medical purposes. Prescription drugs are the third most commonly used substance in Canada after alcohol and cannabis.
The increasing rate of prescription drug misuse may be attributed to:
- The increased availability of such drugs
- Their wider use in the treatment of chronic pain
- The development of new slow-release formulations
- The public perception that they are safer than illicit drugs
Certain prescription drugs can have a devastating impact on individuals and their families, as well as place a significant burden on our health, social services and public safety systems.
- Canada is the world’s second largest per capita consumer of one type of these drugs, opioids.
- Some First Nations in Canada have declared a community crisis owing to the prevalence of the harms associated with prescription drugs
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