Dilly is the street name of Dilaudid, a brand name for the safer supply opioid hydromorphone. Other drugs in the opioid class include fentanyl, morphine, oxycodone, heroin, and codeine.

Dilaudid is a registered trademark of Purdue Pharma, the company pegged among those largely responsible for the opioid crisis that began in the 1990s, mostly due to its OxyContin prescription painkiller. OxyContin is Purdue’s brand name for the opioid drug oxycodone. Purdue is one of several companies selling hydromorphone pills in Canada, and the preferred source for safer supply.

Some doctors have raised the alarm, saying Dilaudid is the new OxyContin, fuelling a new addiction crisis. They say it’s appealing to Canadian youth—it’s now very cheap and it seems relatively safe, as the government’s “safer supply” designation suggests.

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