Dr. Launette Rieb discusses addiction on CBC Radio

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It’s hard to read the word opioid these days and not see the word crisis nearby.

The number of deaths related to the painkillers in provinces like Alberta, B.C. and Ontario have prompted both provincial and national attention.

While Launette Rieb welcomes the step, she says when it comes to drugs in Canada, alcohol is the big killer.

Rieb, a family physician who works in addiction and community medicine, says statistics from B.C. alone last year show alcohol related deaths were more than double the number of deaths related to all opiates and other drugs combined.