Confronting the disparity in non-medical prescription opioid use among rural and urban youth: a call for broader recognition in the era of clandestine Fentanyl – Commentary –

  • Perry Tompkins Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary


Abstract: Non-medical prescription opioid use (NMPOU) among Canada’s rural youth is a public health problem largely overshadowed by the opioid crisis in metropolitan centres. In this commentary, the author explores the unique socioeconomic factors that underpin rural NMPOU, drawing attention to its potential to drive youth morbidity and mortality from increasingly prevalent clandestine fentanyl. The author argues for mitigating strategies to curb NMPOU, informed by greater awareness of the unique vulnerabilities of rural youth. 

Author Biography

Perry Tompkins, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Perry Tompkins is a second year medical student at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Prior to entering medical school, he was a community pharmacist, practicing in Powell River BC and various small communities in BC's Okanagan Valley.