Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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National Audio 12:25 AM ET

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NAT111 - (Opioid-Prescribing-Guidelines) UNDATED. x-36s. (Geri Smith) New opioid-prescribing guidelines encourage doctors to avoid giving them as a first-line treatment to patients with chronic, non-cancer pain. (WA) (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

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NAT112 - (Opioid-Prescribing-Guidelines) HAMILTON. x-22s. New opioid-prescribing guidelines encourage doctors to avoid giving the powerful narcotics as a first-line treatment to patients with chronic, non-cancer pain. McMaster University researcher Dr. Jason Busse (BOH'-suh) is the lead author of the recommendations. He says the guidelines could reduce the growing number of Canadians who are becoming addicted to opioids or dying of an overdose. ("..harms than benefits.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: An estimated two-thousand Canadians died of opioid overdoses in 2015 alone. …

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