Expert: Opioid epidemic


Published: 12Apr2016

Prescriptions for dangerous alternatives to OxyContin are soaring, showing that a crackdown on the popular painkiller has failed to curb Canada’s opioid crisis.

Nicholas King, Professor, Department of the Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University

"The tremendous increases in opioid mortality in North America is a complex, mutlifaceted problem. Many recommended solutions - such as improving physician competence or developing tamper-resistant drugs - are unlikely to have much impact."—Nicholas King

Professor King is in the biomedical ehtics unit at McGill. He's interested in public health ethics and policy, and in health information, inequalities, and measurement.

nicholas [dot] king [at] mcgill [dot] ca (English) He's in North Carolina.

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