Statement - CMA Statement on Opioid Conference and Summit

OTTAWA, Nov. 18, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) commends the federal government for convening key stakeholders to develop a collaborative action plan to address Canada's opioid crisis. The CMA also thanks the co-chairs of the summit, Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott and the Eric Hoskins, the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, for inviting the CMA to participate in this important meeting. One of the major recurring themes of the discussions over the last two days has been the complex nature of the current opioid crisis in Canada.

The CMA attended the meeting to represent the physicians of Canada, who have a very important role to play in developing solutions. We also recognize that opioid prescribing patterns are one of the many contributing factors to this crisis, and we are committed to finding solutions to help address this issue, along with our other partners in medicine and health care. While no one intervention or change will resolve the current situation, the CMA has committed to working with other partners to develop solutions, specifically a coherent and comprehensive national strategy that takes into account all of the complexities and the contributions that all stakeholders can make.

Dr. Cindy Forbes,
CMA Past-President

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian physicians. Founded in 1867, the CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing more than 83,000 of Canada's physicians and comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 60 national medical organizations. CMA's mission is helping physicians care for patients. The CMA will be the leader in engaging and serving physicians and be the national voice for the highest standards for health and health care.

SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

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