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College campaign addresses abuse and diversion of prescription pain medication

Halifax – May 1, 2012: The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia today announced a communications campaign that will address the abuse and illegal diversion of prescription pain medication. Entitled “Good Pill, Bad Pill”, the campaign encourages doctors and patients to enter into opioid treatment agreements when medications are prescribed for chronic pain. These formal, written agreements stress the shared responsibility of doctors and patients to help reduce the misuse of these medications

“These are extremely valuable medications that reduce tremendous amounts of suffering,” said Dr. Gus Grant, the College’s Registrar and CEO. “Unfortunately, they are also subject to abuse and criminal diversion, as we are only too aware.”

“The College recognizes that physicians, patients, regulators and government all have an important role to play in addressing these problems,” said Grant. “Unfortunately, there will never be a single solution, but the routine use of opioid treatment agreements is an important piece of the puzzle.”

More information about “Good Pill, Bad Pill” is available at www.cpsns.ns.ca/pill.aspx.

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The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has announced a campaign to address the abuse and diversion of prescription pain medication in the province.

The “Good Pill, Bad Pill” campaign encourages doctors and patients to enter into formal, written agreements when pain medication is prescribed.

The College’s Registrar and CEO is Dr. Gus Grant. Grant says that the College recognizes that there will never be a single, simple solution to prescription drug abuse, but that these agreements are a step in the right direction.

Contact:

Bruce Thorne
Director, Policy and Communications
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia
Phone: 902-421-2212
E-mail: bthorne@cpsns.ns.ca
Website: www.cpsns.ns.ca

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