By Patrick Callan, Communications Coordinator
Emma Koivu doesn’t need to read about the opioid crisis in textbooks or hear about it on the news to understand the severity.
The University of Toronto (U of T) Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) student sees it every day in her community.
“The opioid crisis is very prevalent up here,” says Emma, who is currently doing a fourth-year rotation in her native Thunder Bay, Ont.
In 2018, there were 44 opioid-related deaths in Thunder Bay—a 42% increase from the previous year.
“Through my years as a pharmacy assistant and as a pharmacy student, I’ve always known that as a pharmacist I would be dispensing Methadone and Suboxone for opioid use disorder treatment,” says Emma.
That’s one of the main reasons Emma was thrilled when she heard CAMH is offering the Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Course for the first time—and for free—to fourth-year U of T PharmD students.