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Health Canada, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse working on a strategy to address prescription drug abuse

Opioids are also narcotics, and they are addictive and can be abused, and, unfortunately, diverted to illicit markets and uses.

  The abuse of prescription drugs, including oxycodone, is a serious and complex problem that destroys the lives of individuals and the fabric of communities. These drugs help to alleviate the suffering of many Canadians, and have emerged as an important part of pain management under the supervision of health-care professionals. But opioids are also narcotics, and they are addictive and can be abused, and, unfortunately, diverted to illicit markets and uses. I have heard heartfelt pleas from

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