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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 [...]