Last week the Sault Ste. Marie and Area Drug Misuse Strategy Committee announced the launch of the Fentanyl Patch4Patch program. The program was lauded as a huge win for the community- after all patient and physician transparency is a good thing. But there are some downsides to the program and as Donna May explores in her piece -will the Patch4Patch program also help those who use the drug illicitly? Or have we created a new monster?
For those who have been prescribed fentanyl, I would say that yes, the program, in theory at least, will have a positive impact. Awareness of it’s ‘addictive’ potentials and education around ‘using as prescribed’ and ‘cautioning’ against the risks of improper use are key to keeping those who are using fentanyl for chronic pain from accidently overdosing.