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Research network to tackle prescription-drug abuse

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research is setting up a research network to study clinical and community-based treatments for people addicted to prescription drugs such as opioid painkillers.

The Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse involves four large research teams in different areas of the country: British Columbia, the Prairies, Ontario, and Quebec and the Maritimes. The network will receive 7.2 million Canadian dollars over five years.

"Substance misuse is a pressing and complex health issue that requires strong collaboration between researchers, service providers and representatives of those living with this challenge. We are confident that the initiative announced today will lead to new evidence-based approaches that can be implemented across the country in a more personalized manner and lead to better health outcomes,” said Anthony Phillips, scientific director of CIHR’s Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction.

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