Although long derided as pseudoscience and still questioned by many medical experts, acupuncture is increasingly being embraced by patients and doctors, sometimes as an alternative to the powerful painkillers behind America's opioid crisis.
Ontario's police watchdog has rejected a request by a group representing chiefs of police to stop investigating cases of serious injury or death involving officers administering the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone.
Companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications' use, according to a report released Monday by a U.S. senator.
The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, a surprise reversal following lawsuits that blamed the company for helping trigger the current drug abuse epidemic.
Illicit drug overdoses claimed 1,422 lives in British Columbia last year, fuelled by the powerful opioid fentanyl. The BC Coroners Service said last year's death toll is 43 per cent higher than 2016 when 993 overdose deaths were recorded.