The abuse of opioids, whether obtained by prescription or otherwise, has been rampant across North America since the mid-2010s. This real crisis has resulted in the deaths of more than 300,000 Americans since 2000. Medicago is currently working on developing treatments that will help combat opioid abuse or exposure.
In Canada, over 20,000 people have died from opioid overdoses between January 2016 and December 2020.
Source: Government of Canada. Opioid and stimulant related harms in Canada, June 2021.