It’s a bloody awful choice of headline from CBC…
I read this and immediately thought that the suggestion was patients who had been learning about pain were turning to fentanyl…
My initial reaction
But, a short way into shredding everything, I thought I’d better read more. What follows fits the narrative arc that is, sadly, all too common –
But one of the root causes [of British Columbia’s overdose crisis], believe some, is the complex relationship between prescription drugs, chronic pain management and the education of doctors.
“Physicians aren’t getting the proper kind of education in using these drugs. That’s a dangerous combination when you’ve got doctors learning about prescribing opioids from their colleagues in the field.”
The most exhaustive research into Canadian universities came in 2009, and found that only one-third of health science programs could identity specific hours designated for pain education — and that veterinary students received five times more training than medical students.”
Here’s another fact, we’ve had more enquiries from vets about NOI courses this year than GPs.
Updating the lede
Here’s how the article should’ve read
Why poor pain education is linked to B.C.’s fentanyl crisis
Your pets are getting better pain treatment than you
Canadians, the second highest per capita consumers of prescriptions opioids are being prescribed killer drugs by doctors who receive five times less pain management training than your local vet…
You can have that for free CBC