Health Canada has approved the injectable hydro morphon as the latest option when treating patients with severe opioid use disorders.
This allowed Canada to become the first in the world to approve drugs used for severe pain management and gain control over the opioid crisis. Alone.
The Canadian Department of Health announced on Wednesday that 10,337 people had died from fatal overdoses since 2016. About 4,000 people died.
"Access to safe supplies of prescription drugs is an innovative tool to help save lives," Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said in a polio-thin statement.
Wednesday's move was similar when the federal health ministry announced at the end of April that the state could use diacetylmorphine (or prescription heroin) as a treatment option in other countries.
Improved access to safe prescription opioid supplies is an innovative tool to help save lives. Canada is the first country to endorse an injectable hydro-morphine as a treatment for severe opioid-use disorders. https://t.co/Dybrfwr9kZ pic.twitter.com/ofD5hRLX5K
– Min. Petitpas Taylor (@CDNMinHealth) May 15, 2019
The researchers showed that injectable hydro morphones and diacetylmorphines are important medicines to stabilize and help treat some patients with severe opioid use disorders.
"These two drugs are widely used as medicines for drug use disorders in other countries."
At B.C., the Crosstown Clinic has been the only facility to provide this kind of treatment for the past four years. 130 patients used the prescribed heroin at a given time and were generally treated as "long-term drug users" for about 15 years on an average of 10 treatments, but did not see success.
Health Canada's new rules include injectable hydro morphine under the supervision of an experienced doctor trained as an injectable opioid.