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REGION BRACES FOR MAJOR HEALTH CATASTROPHE

NAN CHIEFS CALL FOR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE AS REGION BRACES FOR MAJOR HEALTH CATASTROPHE

THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Mike Metatawabin said First Nations communities within NAN should brace for a health catastrophe due to the replacement of OxyContin. The ultra-addictive opiate drug that is almost exclusively used illicitly in NAN First Nations will not be manufactured in Canada after February 29, 2012. On March 1, 2012, OxyContin will be replaced by a new formulation of Oxycodone called OxyNEO.

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