EpiPens and EpiTanks: Why the opioid crisis has hit every corner of Canada
A growing number of patients are taking EpiPen shots, which are filled with an opioid painkiller and can save lives.
Here’s what you need to know.
Why are people taking Epibes?
In a country where there are roughly 2.4 million people addicted to opioids, it’s understandable that people are taking the EpiPad for their pain.
But a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) suggests that a growing number are taking opioids because they can.
There are roughly a million Canadians taking the drugs, including about 2.2 million with prescription drugs.
The number of opioid prescriptions in Canada has grown from 890,000 in 2017 to 1.9 million in 2018.
The drugs are often prescribed for chronic pain or pain conditions.
The CIHI reports that the number of Canadians taking opioids has increased from about 2 per cent in 2016 to 5 per cent last year.
Some opioids are prescribed for severe or chronic pain, and the number prescribed for these conditions has grown by more than 40 per cent.
Another concern is the opioid overdose death rate.
CIHI researchers surveyed nearly 2,000 Canadians and found that a third of them said they have used opioids, compared with 1 in 10 who did not.
The researchers also found that about half of people who had taken opioids were prescribed opioids in the past 12 months, compared to one in five who were not.
They also found about one in four people who took opioids in 2018 were prescribed an opioid in the previous 12 months.
Why aren’t there more deaths due to opioids?
In an opioid overdose, the body’s immune system attacks a nerve or muscle.
The painkiller then makes the nerve or muscles numb and stop working properly.
The person’s immune response also stops the body from responding to the infection or infection-causing microbes.
The body then releases the toxic chemicals.
A person who is critically ill, such as someone who has a heart attack or a stroke, has to have their immune system attacked and the immune system destroyed before they can recover.
The immune system’s response is the first step in recovery.
However, this immune system is still in a critical state of healing, and it can take a long time for the body to recover.
This process may take years or even decades.
The amount of time a person can recover from an overdose varies widely, and many people are not able to recover at all.
Can EpiPs be given to people with a medical condition?
No, EpiPa is not a medicine that could be used to treat a medical ailment, CIHI’s report said.
Doctors may use EpiPro to treat people with medical conditions that require opioids, such atopic dermatitis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other chronic conditions.
CIHH also recommends that people who are prescribed opioids for a condition such as a stroke or severe infection, or those with an underlying health condition, should have their EpiPoint refills taken to make sure they don’t have an opioid-related problem.
However the report does not recommend EpiPA be used for other conditions.
For example, the CIHI study did not find that patients taking opioids for other medical conditions, such cancer, or for other serious conditions, were at a higher risk of opioid-induced death.
Can people get the Epipen?
It’s a prescription-only drug that is not covered by Medicare, the health-care program for the elderly.
The EpiPower can only be purchased through pharmacies.
The cost is $75, but CIHI recommends people use the drug only if they have a medical need, such the pain of a medical procedure, or to treat an illness or injury.
Patients can get prescriptions from pharmacies, but it’s recommended that people check with their doctor before they take a prescription for EpiPoins to ensure they don