$4M worth of prescription opioids disappeared from an Ontario pharmacy. No one can say where they went – CBC

CBC analysis shows rise in dangerous and addictive drugs categorized as lost — without explanation

Jun 27, 2024

Opioid painkillers are supposed to be closely guarded on their journey from manufacturer to patient.

They are highly addictive, can cause deadly drug poisonings and have a high street value. So how could almost a quarter million of them disappear?

The loss of more than 245,000 hydromorphone tablets, all eight milligrams and sold under the brand-name Dilaudid, was reported to Health Canada in May 2023 by a pharmacy somewhere in Ontario.

They would be worth about $4 million if sold on the street.

There was no armed robbery and no break and enter. The loss did not occur all at once, but over an unspecified period of time, said a Health Canada spokesperson.

The manufacturer of Dilaudid, Purdue Pharma (Canada), told CBC News there were no concerns flagged to them, and the product moved through their supply chain “as appropriate.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/unexplained-losses-prescription-drugs-1.7247602

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