Health minister calls for ideas to curb prescription drug abuse

Health Minister Rona Ambrose. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

Health Minister Rona Ambrose. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 3:03 PM ET

OTTAWA — Health Minister Rona Ambrose wants ideas to improve the way potentially addictive drugs are prescribed.

Prescription drugs are now the third-most commonly abused substance among Canadian youth, after alcohol and marijuana.

Ambrose says better practices are needed to "address the increasing problem of prescription drug abuse in Canada."

"Curbing prescription drug abuse is also about education, about working with the prescribers around challenging issues like doctor shopping and over prescribing," she said in a statement.


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