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A Practical Approach to Prescription Drug Misuse & Diversion, Department of Anesthesia, Michael G DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario
April 25, 2013

1:00-5:00 p.m.
Liuna Station, 360 James Street (free parking)
Misuse of prescription medications has been identified as a significant problem. The recent announcement of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse strategy on misuse of prescription drugs- "First Do No Harm"- identifies a number of areas in which greatly improved communication needs to occur. "First Do No Harm" was developed by a broad based group including pain physicians, addiction specialists, public health, law enforcement officials, representatives of the community and First Nations.

As a first step towards addressing these issues in the Hamilton region we are bringing together a group of individuals to discuss solutions to the problems which we face - the competing need to treat pain adequately while also limiting availability of medications subject to abuse and diversion; the need to identify patients with clinical needs and separate them from individuals trying to deceive the caregivers. Treatment of addiction as a medical problem while minimizing the social harms.

Target Audience: General Practitioners, Pharmacists, Law Enforcement, Coroner’s Office, Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse, Pain Management and Addiction Medicine
Keynote Speaker: Richard C. Dart, MD, PhD

Registration Fee $50.00

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