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Inquest jury seeks to take prescription opioids off Ontario’s streets

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4371 (Published 11 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4371
  1. Ann Silversides
  1. 1Brockville, Ontario

An inquest jury in Ontario has recommended wide ranging measures to curb the availability of prescription narcotics.

The inquest was held in the wake of a rising number of deaths and cases of addiction in the province and led to a coroner’s concern that doctors bear “great responsibility” for the problem of misuse of prescription opioids.

A lengthy inquest was held in June 2011 into the deaths in 2008 of two people in the small city of Brockville. A 19 year old man, Dustin King, died of oxycodone poisoning after snorting crushed OxyContin.

He was found dead in the apartment of 41 year old Donna Bertrand, who was first prescribed opioids for a back injury and who, the jury ruled, committed suicide from mixed drug toxicity 11 days after …

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