Canada Drugs

New Brunswick's Opportunity to Reduce Pharmaceutical Drug Prices

Steve Morgan | Posted 12.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Steve Morgan

The Liberal government of New Brunswick appears to be stepping back from the brink of mandatory prescription drug insurance. And so they should. The drug plan chosen by the Conservatives was designed on a false premise: that the private sector can better manage things than government can. In many sectors, that might be true. But not in health care.

Ontario Doesn't Need An Income-Based Drug Benefit Program for Seniors

Steve Morgan | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Steve Morgan

Rather than placing a tax on health needs -- as income-based drug plans do -- Ontario should consider a more positive road to universal pharmacare. Specifically, it should consider tax financing a universal drug benefit program that would give non-seniors the same coverage elderly residents enjoy today.

Prescription Heroin Begins For Vancouver Addicts In North-American First

The Huffington Post B.C. | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver doctors are set to administer prescription heroin to about two dozen addicts this week, marking the first time in North America that people ...

Too Many Politicians Suffer From Drug Policy Abuse

Donald MacPherson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Donald MacPherson

Last week, MPs debated Bill C-2 -- an Act to Amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The primary purpose of the bill is to obstruct the establishment of safe injection sites in Canada, despite over a decade of successful harm reduction at Vancouver's Insite. This is just one example of how politicians of all stripes get drug policy wrong.

A Doctor's Take on Alternative Medicine

University of Toronto News | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Dr. Mel Borins wants to you to be healthy and he wants you equipped with more than just your family doctor's orders. A family physician and associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, Borins is a leading expert in health and wellness who has advocated evidence-based, alternative medicine for decades.

Not Everyone Who Commits Terrible Crimes Has Mental Illness

Arthur Gallant | Posted 10.25.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

A lot of people who end up committing terrible crimes belong in jails -- not mental hospitals. Studies show the majority of people with mental illness are not violent and in fact are more likely to be a victim of a violent crime then commit one. Yes, some people with mental illness commit violent crimes but the majority of people who commit these same crimes are perfectly sane.

28 Kilos Of Cocaine Uncovered At Pearson Airport

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - The Canada Border Services Agency says 28 kilograms of cocaine was found in a suitcase at Pearson International Airport.The agency says offi...

Canada Needs a National Standard for Drug Coverage, Not a Patchwork System

Danielle Martin | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Danielle Martin

Better pharmacare for all Canadians will be difficult to achieve without the federal government at the table. The government of Canada could lead on this issue in a way that no single province or territory can do, by supporting the development of a single national list of drugs to be covered for all Canadians and by harnessing the purchasing power of the whole nation to get the best possible bang for our buck.

Charges Dropped Against Accused Drug Kingpin After Years-Long Delay

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A British Columbia provincial court judge has stayed charges against an accused drug kingpin because Canadian officials made no move to ha...

Toronto Police Warns Against Buying 'Research Drugs' Online

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - Toronto police are warning about the dangers of so-called "research drugs" available on the Internet after recent overdose incidents in the ...

How a National Drug Plan Can Boost the Canadian Economy

Marc-Andre Gagnon | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Marc-Andre Gagnon

A 2013 EKOS poll showed that 78 per cent of Canadians are in favour of establishing a universal pharmacare program in Canada. In spite of self-serving lobby groups who insist that the current system is working well and should not be reformed, establishing a national drug plan is the best thing to do for patients, for employers, for employees, for taxpayers, and for the Canadian economy.

That 'Trendy' Drug Your Kid Does Is the Same as Meth

Chris Curry | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada
Chris Curry

Ask any avid drug user the difference between 'molly' and 'ecstasy' and they will most likely tell you that 'molly is pure MDMA' and ecstasy was more known to be cut with other substances. In reality, this couldn't be further from the truth. And herein lies the problem. Unless you are an accomplished chemist, 'pure' MDMA is a myth.

We're Talking Sex at the Dinner Table, and I Couldn't Be Happier

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Well, we've been having some interesting family discussions over dinner recently. Topics have included: marijuana, driver reaction time after consuming alcohol, how nicotine stains your fingers; the intense pain caused by Tasering; bras and body hair. One night, we even examined diagrams of male and female reproductive organs.

Don't Blame Seniors For Canada's Rising Health Care Costs

Michel Grignon | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Michel Grignon

There is a worrying rise in health care spending in Canada, but it doesn't have much to do with population aging. It's not that we have too many seniors that will break the bank, but how those seniors, and others, are treated in the health system that affects the bottom line.

Your Drug Addiction Is Costing Poor People Their Lives

Mariah Griffin-Angus | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada
Mariah Griffin-Angus

People sure love their drugs. There are high costs, however, for this international appetite for drugs. And it's usually the poor and disenfranchised who pay these costs. The cost of the global appetite for drugs is high and the burden is disproportionately felt by the poor. It's the man who passes out in front of my apartment on a weekly basis. It's the victims of beheadings in Mexico. It's the families left impoverished while a small, violent elite makes millions. Drugs aren't cool. Or edgy. This is supply and demand at its most brutal and the poor are the ones paying the price.

Rock Stars, Politicians, Doctors Support Drug Policy Reform

Jean Kavanagh | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jean Kavanagh

"The reality is that young people today have easier access to marijuana than to alcohol and tobacco. That should be the core of the conversation right now."

West Coast Leads Push for Drug Reform in Canada

Jean Kavanagh | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jean Kavanagh

Kerrisdale residents Ray and Nichola Hall know too well the tragic outcomes of easily accessible illicit drugs. Both their sons, now in their mid 30s, were addicted to heroin and other drugs. They were raised in one of Vancouver's most-exclusive neighbourhoods, proving that the drug trade and addiction have no boundaries.

Cross-Border Drug Runner Suspects Nabbed

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Police in Abbotsford, B.C., are crediting cross-border teamwork in the arrests of two suspected drug smugglers.Const. Ian MacDonald...

I'm Not Good at Drugs

Katie Boland | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

I was going to save my thoughts on drugs for a few weeks. But in light of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death, now feels like the right time. I worked with him on Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master. His death truly rattled me. Like I'm bad at math, I'm bad at drugs.

What's Actually Happening With People My Age

Katie Boland | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

"I want to write about what's actually happening with people my age." "And what's that?" "Coke. Tinder. Bad relationships. Good relationships. Molly. Not being able to get a job. 25 being one thing for one person and something completely different for another." I turned 25 almost a year ago.

Why We Should Start Thinking of Rob Ford as a Human Being

Leah Morrigan | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Leah Morrigan

How could we help him feel better about himself so he does a better job for our city? As hard as it may be for some of us to swallow, we could try to lose the blame and the judgement and throw him some slack. Why? When people treat us well, the better we feel, and the better we feel, the better we behave.

Okanagan Teen Party Busted

CBC | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

RCMP shut down a party at the Vernon Recreation Centre attended by about 800 young adults on Saturday night, following widespread reports of drug and ...

A Porno Stole My Song

Wes Marskell | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Music
Wes Marskell

To preface this story, I have to admit that my relationship with porn has always been a dishonest one. If I was to watch it on the Internet, I streamed it. I have never bought a DVD or subscribed to a website nor financially contributed to the industry in anyway, only stolen from it. Then, one day, porn got me back. Someone on Twitter sent me a link to a porno that used our song. Art-rock is a tricky thing. It's precious. People talk about it like fine art or good wine. It's pretentious, it's serious and not for porn. So the implication was that I should be immediately up in arms. My art was stolen and slapped over some smut film. How dare they defile something I labored over?

Besnard Lakes Talk Music And LSD

The Huffington Post Canada | Vish Khanna | Posted 12.28.2013 | Canada Music

There’s a certain connotation with the music that Montreal’s Besnard Lakes make. The Polaris Music Prize-nominated rock band are often described a...

HUGE Cocaine Raid In Vancouver

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Vancouver police have seized 54 kilograms of cocaine and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash.Police say the seizure happened Friday a...