At-a-glance - The local response to the Canadian opioid epidemic in the Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox and Addington communities.

This article provides a description of recent activities to address the local opioid crisis, a rationale for their adoption and the context in which they are being undertaken. PMID: 31825786 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Health Promot Chronic Dis Prev Can Source Type: research

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