New report reveals the financial impact of the opioid crisis on Canada
The Financial Post reports on the financial and economic impacts of the prescription opioid crisis.
The report notes that the cost of prescription opioid abuse has surpassed the $4.6-billion cost of the 2011-12 recession and that the costs of prescription painkillers have surpassed the cost to Canadians of the Great Recession.
Canada has a high prevalence of chronic pain, with a record one in four Canadians suffering from some form of chronic conditions.
It is estimated that more than one million Canadians are affected by chronic pain and that some 50,000 people die from their conditions each year.