Canada Drugs

How Much Health Care Is Too Much?

Wendy Levinson | Posted 04.26.2017 | Canada Living
Wendy Levinson

Unnecessary care could be a prescription drug, a diagnostic test or a medical procedure that does not improve a patient's health outcomes and is not backed by the best available evidence. It may also involve risks and harmful side-effects. In other words, this is medical care that offers no value to patients and strains health care resources.

It's Time To Move On From Federal Health-Care Funding Debate

Gregory Marchildon | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Gregory Marchildon

Hardly a week goes by without this thorny issue being disputed between federal and provincial governments - even now that the budget has been tabled. The simple solution is that health costs should be shared, 50-50. But this solution is far from simple and very misleading.

Essential Medicines Must Be Available To All Canadians

Nav Persaud | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Living
Nav Persaud

Surveys and polls often show Canadians are proud of our universal health system, which provides publicly funded care for doctor and hospital services. Canadians don't have to worry about filing for bankruptcy to get care for themselves or their families when they need it. But when it comes to prescription medications, our health system comes up short.

Addicts Are Not Having Fun. We Are Simply Trying To Survive.

Rachel Thexton | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Rachel Thexton

I have now been clean from opioids since April 2016 ... almost one year. It was not easy and I will always be an addict in recovery BUT if my mental illness and trauma was diagnosed earlier, I may never have sought the comfort of drugs.

3 Difficult And Important Conversations To Have With Your Children

Alyson Jones | Posted 03.14.2017 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

As a child and family therapist I have been assisting parents in having difficult conversations with their children on a variety of topics. As a parent I have had to have these same conversations with my own children.

Reducing Drug Prices: A Look at Both Sides Of The Issue

Punit Dhillon | Posted 03.07.2017 | Canada
Punit Dhillon

In December, the health-care industry rejoiced as the 21st Century Cures Act achieved overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress and was signed into ...

It'll Take Both Trump And Trudeau To Confront Opioid Crisis

Neil Seeman | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Neil Seeman

We need Trump's touted deal-making skills and Trudeau's compassionate stance toward drug users to promote a global solution that confronts the opioid pandemic as if it were the plague. We educate the public. We get rid of the conduits. We care for the sick.

4 Ways To Save Money On Prescription Medications

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Living
Kathleen O’Grady

As Canadians, we are proud of our universal health care system, which provides publicly-funded essential doctor and hospital care based on need and not ability to pay. Unfortunately, our health system falls short when it comes to prescription medication.

Until Legalization, Allow Users To Test For Tainted Drugs

Bill Bogart | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Politics
Bill Bogart

How effective these measures will be in preventing poisonings and even persuading young ones to stay away from this stuff is a good question. But we won't know the answer unless we try them.

Dealing With Canada's Rising Opioid Problem

Kim Rutherford | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada
Kim Rutherford

Across Canada, the tragic spike in opioid-related deaths has brought to national attention the large and complex issue of drug use and misuse. As fentanyl-related overdoses are gripping the country, there is a connected, but separate crisis of doctor-prescribed opioids being increasingly used on a regular, long-term basis.

10-Month-Old Baby Revived After Ingesting Fentanyl

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 01.02.2017 | Canada

The Department of Children and Families says it has taken custody of the baby.

Universal Pharmacare Would Make Medicine More Affordable In Canada

Colleen M. Flood | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Colleen M. Flood

Why? Universal drug plans mean national bodies negotiate fairer prices for prescription drugs. The results are dramatic. So, while some critics claim that universal prescription drug insurance is a nice idea, but not affordable - it's very clear that universal prescription drug insurance is actually the key to affordability.

Mail-Order Pot? What Are You, High?

Mark Towhey | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Mark Towhey

I'm not a marijuana consumer -- never have been, never will be. But, I understand business planning and marketing.  Marijuana is a retail product for recreational consumers. For most users, it's not a staple item (after all, it's "recreational" remember) so, they don't always plan ahead. Impulse sales, product expertise, advice from local sales staff, and immediate fulfillment are paramount. Mail-order may be a complementary channel for some users, but it won't be the only channel. The idea it can be, is simply a non-starter.  

Canadians Are Living Longer Than Ever -- But There's A Twist

Ted Bruce | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Living
Ted Bruce

If you asked Canadians why life expectancy in our country continues to rise -- now 79 years for men and 83 for women -- many might attribute the increase to advances in medicine, such as new pharmaceutical research and surgical interventions. Scientists working in labs, in other words. It's not so simple.

Put Legislation That Deters Drugged Driving In The Fast Lane

Claude Carignan | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Claude Carignan

Consuming drugs and getting behind the wheel of a car denotes serious carelessness. The legislation that I have tabled in the Senate, Bill S-230, would allow police in Canada to use a non-invasive roadside saliva-testing device that would detect illegal drugs in a driver's body.

Legalize And Regulate Drugs Or Watch On As Pushers Peddle Poison

Bill Bogart | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Bill Bogart

Despite criminal prohibition and the prospect of becoming ill or even dying, people still do drugs. So we are faced with a wrenching dilemma: Do we, as a society, take over and regulate the supply and quality of drugs or do we leave these issues to the forces of an unbridled market operating in a dark underworld?

Liberals Should Repeal Harper Law On Safe Injection Sites: Advocates

CBC | CBC News | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Politics

There's demand across the country for supervised injection.

Legalization Advocates Should Be First To Address Substance Abuse

Bill Bogart | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

As we urge the move to legalization and regulation, we also need to recognize that Canada has significant issues with drug consumption, both in terms of those that are legal, at present, and those that will become regulated as we shift away from criminalization.

Ontario Judge Makes Bold Statement About Systemic Racism

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Impact

The judge opted for house arrest rather than jail.

Should We Pay People Not To Take Drugs?

Bill Bogart | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

The War on Drugs has been a failure, and soon enough using drugs will shift from a criminal to a public health issue. But what if we paid people not to engage in harmful consumption? If we rewarded them for stopping damaging use? Couldn't the savings in all manner of costs greatly outweigh the comparatively small expense of any incentive?

My Friend's Crack Addiction Showed Me No One Is Invincible

Warsame Abdulkadir | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
Warsame Abdulkadir

I had a good friend of mine become a drug addict. Crack specifically. I never imagined he'd be using it in a million years, but life has a funny way of showing you that anything is possible. He was a natural born hustler. He sold dope at school, at parties and pretty much wherever he could make a buck.

Hitting The Snooze Button On Your 'Harm Alarm'

Beth Darnall | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Living
Beth Darnall

Think of pain as being your "harm alarm," a signal that is designed to get your attention, to motivate you to escape whatever is causing it. After all, pain -- potential harm -- could mean injury or even death. In this way, pain serves a useful purpose because it is functions to keep you safe and alive. But what about chronic pain?

Porcelain: Moby's Memoir Forays Into Sex, Drugs And Veganism

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Music
Get Leashed Magazine

Moby describes this time in his life as "celebratory in the face of squalor" and on many levels that sentiment chimes through each chapter. Providing a private glimpse into his sexual escapades, celebrity encounters, struggles with sobriety and downright shenanigans, the book candidly and often comically details the party before the storm.

Why Do So Many Canadian Prisoners Die After Their Release?

Fiona Kouyoumdjian | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Fiona Kouyoumdjian

Canadians might be surprised to learn that many health and social services widely available in the community are not available in most of Canada's correctional facilities -- this needs to change. We are missing a critical window of opportunity to reframe the period of incarceration as a time to help people improve their health and well-being before returning to our communities.

Fighting The Over-medication Of Canadian Seniors

Alan Cassels | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Living
Alan Cassels

The case of 'too much medication' in Canadian seniors is finally starting to be recognized for the serious problem it has become. Seniors are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of too many prescription drugs because aging affects their ability to process medications.