The opioid crisis is tearing apart communities across Canada, and with it, families.
While the numbers are low, there are still families affected, and communities need to do more to help them.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 10 tips for dealing with the crisis.
While opioids have been around for a while, the numbers aren’t always what they seem.
The federal government estimates that there are around 5.7 million people who have a prescription for the painkiller oxycodone.
But even with these prescriptions, a recent study by the University of Manitoba showed that only 3 per cent of prescriptions were filled and that only 15 per cent were filled for chronic pain.
The fact that so few people are getting treatment is troubling.
In fact, the opioid-related deaths in the U.S. have been rising for decades, and they are still at record highs.
A 2016 study by Dartmouth University found that the death toll from prescription painkiller overdoses in the United States has climbed steadily since the mid-1990s, even as the number of people getting opioid prescriptions has remained flat.
As one U.K. health authority recently warned, the number one priority for the government should be addressing the opioid problem.
It’s not a question of if the crisis will be addressed, but when.
Use the prescription.
Some communities are already seeing the effects of prescription painkillers in their neighbourhoods.
Last year, a Manitoba study found that people who live in neighbourhoods where there are prescription opioid and heroin prescriptions are two times more likely to have died from drug overdose in that neighbourhood.
That’s a lot of people in one place who need help.
Help people who are in need.
The government’s response to the crisis has been slow and slow.
The opioid overdose crisis is the largest public health crisis in Canada and it is estimated that more than 30,000 people die every year as a direct result of the drug.
While Canada is a signatory to the World Health Organization’s Convention on Illicit Drugs, the government hasn’t made the necessary changes to combat the opioid epidemic.
That means some communities are struggling to get treatment and are struggling with the financial burden.
The most recent provincial government budget proposes a $12-million increase in the amount of money the provincial government will spend on opioid-specific treatment programs, but there’s still much work to do. 4.
Know where to turn.
There are a few places you can call to get help.
You can call your local health centre or call 1-800-663-3359.
You also can use social media, and if you have a phone, try the app SnapChat.
If you are in crisis, you can also reach out to the National Centre for the Integrated Drug Strategy, which is an interdisciplinary agency that works to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis.
Talk to friends and family.
The best thing you can do to help is to talk to your friends and neighbours.
If there are people nearby who need your help, make sure they’re doing the right thing and calling the police.
If they’re not, you might be surprised to find that they are.
And when you’re in crisis and people are not helping, there’s a good chance they will turn to the drug dealers and addicts they know in the neighbourhood.
They can be the first people to offer help or the first to call for help.
Seek help at the doctor.
Many doctors and pharmacists will know someone who’s in crisis.
The problem is, they may not know how to help.
Many pharmacists who are seeing people in crisis may be in the dark about what’s going on with the person who’s suffering, or may not even be aware of what is happening.
This means the pharmacist may not be able to offer the proper help to someone in crisis that’s not in pain.
To help, you need to be aware that there’s an emergency room in the local community.
In addition, some pharmacists and health-care professionals may not have the training to help people in a crisis.
Find a local treatment centre.
There is an emergency-care centre in your community and you can get in touch with it to ask for help if you need it.
The local community can also have a counsellor in your area to talk with people who may be struggling to find help.
Help the people closest to you.
As long as you know someone in need, help is available.
There’s a crisis-prevention centre, a helpline, a number of support groups and a hotline that people can call if they need help or have questions.
The Canadian Red Cross has a helptipline to help with things like getting food and shelter.
And the National Alliance for Mental Illness is helping people in your neighbourhood with the prescription drug overdose crisis, as well as a number and number of overdose-preventing activities.
Talk with friends. There