PROVINCE TO STOP PAYING FOR SOME OPIOID PRESCRIPTIONS

Jul 25, 2016

By Bob Sheppard

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In an attempt to tackle the province’s painkiller addiction problem, Ontario’s Ministry of Health is going to stop paying for some opioids.

Opioids are among the strongest of medications that relieve pain. They ease the pain signals reaching the brain, and they affect brain areas that control emotion, diminishing the effect of the cause of the pain.

They’re also a principal cause of painkiller addiction in Ontario, so the province is going to discontinue paying for high doses of long-acting opioids.

They will be removed in January, 2017 from the Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary. It covers drug costs for those on social assistance and for seniors.

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