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At-a-glance - What can social media tell us about the opioid crisis in Canada?

Semra Tibebu, Vicky C Chang, Charles-Antoine Drouin, Wendy Thompson, Minh T Do
Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada 2018, 38 (6): 263-267
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We explored social media as a potential data source for acquiring realtime information on opioid use and perceptions in Canada. Twitter messages were collected through a social media analytics platform between June 15, 2017, and July 13, 2017, and analyzed to identify recurring topics mentioned in the messages. Messages concerning the medical use of opioids as well as commentary on the Canadian government's current response efforts to the opioid crisis were common. The findings of this study may help to inform public health practice and community stakeholders in their efforts to address the opioid crisis.

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