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March Webinars, Eyes Wide Open A Canadian Discussion to Reduce Opioid-Related Harms

March 2013

Canada now leads the world in per capita consumption of opioids, but is that the gold medal Canadians are seeking? The spike in opioid prescriptions has led to accidental overdoses becoming a leading cause of unintentional death, a concurrent rise in addiction, a risk factor for crime and victimization and a significant socio-economic burden. Our opioid crisis is now more than 10 years old and may get worse before it gets better.

Eyes Wide Open brings together top physicians and other experts from Canada, USA and the U.K. to point the way forward in addressing the dangerous downside to Canada's appetite for opioids. We know enough to know better…now what?

Join your neighbours across Canada for 12 eye-opening webinars on the major issues. Suitable for those in primary care, public health, mental health, health promotion, policy and planning, social services, addictions, research, government, the private sector, community and more…there is truly something for everyone.

A Primer to Understanding Opioid Issues in Canada and the USA
Speaker: Michael Parkinson, Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council
Date/time: March 18, 2:00 p.m. (pre-recorded)

Physicians For Responsible Prescribing
Speaker: Dr. Andrew Kolodny, President PROP
Date/time: March 21, 2:00 p.m.

Opioid Overdoses: A Coroner Review 2006-2011
Speaker: Dr. Trevor A. Corneil, MD MHSc FCFP FRCPC
Date/time: March 22, 1:00 p.m.

The Prescription Opioid Crisis in Ontario
Speaker: Dr. Irfan A. Dhalla, BASc, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Date/time: March 25, 10:30 a.m.

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