Over 9000 Canadians have died in relation to opioid overdoses in the last 3 years.
What is not generally known is that hundreds of these deaths occurred because patients innocently combined opioid painkillers with the following drugs used by millions of Canadians: atavan, Valium, clonazepam, Xanax, diazepam, lorazepam, alprazolam and clonazepam – drugs known as benzodiazepines.
Chances are you know someone taking a benzodiazepine. If they are mixing these types of drugs or considering doing so they should call their doctor immediately for prescribing advice.
After researching these issues for 19 years I know these deaths will continue to grow until the government of Canada acts under the powers in Vanessa’s Law.
The first thing the government should do is issue safety warnings on these combinations in major media outlets.
I mean full page adds, radio ads, on-line ads and TV ads with a 1-800 # medical professionals actually answer to guide patients.
Since they plan to give away $100 M a year to major media outlets anyway, why not serve the public while doing so and save lives?
The US FDA issued a Black Box warning (their highest level of warning) on combining these two kinds of drugs as far back as September 2017.
Yet Health Canada is sitting on its hands, a pattern that goes back decades.
Once again the CBC is doing the government’s job because they refuse to do it, even four years after Vanessa’s Law received Royal Assent.
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Benzodiazepines alone can lead to addiction and ruin lives.
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