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Thousands of tabs of addictive opioids stolen from VGH last year (Dr. Mark Haden, BCCSU)

The ER at Vancouver General Hospital. Photo courtesy of Richard Lam / The Province.
The ER at Vancouver General Hospital. Photo courtesy of Richard Lam / The Province.

Over 2,000 doses of opiates were stolen from Vancouver General Hospital by staff last year, according to documents obtained through a freedom of information request.

Over 1,600 tabs and 853 millilitres of hydromorphone were reported stolen from the hospital in two unrelated incidents last January.

Dr. Mark Haden, a professor at the UBC School of Population and Public Health and a supervisor with the B.C. Centre on Substance Use, said it shows the indiscriminate nature of addiction.

Read the full story on the Gananoque Reporter.

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