“Like being put on an ice floe and shoved away”

A qualitative study of the impacts of opioid-related policy changes on people who take opioids

In response to the increasing rates of opioid-related harm across North America, several initiatives have been implemented, including delisting high-strength opioids from the public drug benefit plan, prescription monitoring programs and opioid prescribing guidelines. Yet, little is known about how people who take opioids have experienced the effects of policy change.

This study aims to characterize the impacts of policies intended to improve opioid prescribing and prevent opioid-related overdose and death on individuals who take opioids.

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