The Antidote to an Overdose: The Naloxone Kit

Seunga (Jasmine) Han, PharmD Candidate What Are Opioid Medications? Opioids are a class of medications that include codeine, morphine and hydromorphone and several others. In medical practice, opioid medications are used to treat severe or chronic pain that does not respond to weaker medications like those that are available over-the-counter. Outside of pain therapy, special opioids like…

Fighting Fire with Fire – Opioid Replacement Therapy for Treating Opioid Addiction

Ethos Ho, BSc Pharm Candidate   The Battle with Addiction Amidst the ongoing opioid crisis, which began shortly after the discontinuation of OxyContin® by Purdue Pharma L.L.P. and leading to the rise in fentanyl, many individuals in the aftermath are struggling with opioid addiction. As we’ve talked about before, addiction is complex and involves many…

Following the Opioid Crisis – New Health Canada Requirements

Ethos Ho, BSc Pharm Candidate Mandatory Warning Labels and Information With the rise of the opioid crisis, Health Canada has passed a new requirement regarding the dispensing of prescription opioid medications by pharmacists and other healthcare providers. Effective October 2, 2018, all prescription opioids, such as morphine, hydromorphone, and oxycodone, mandate mandatory warning stickers and…