Canada Drugs

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.

7 Tips For Successfully Tapering Off Prescription Opioids

Beth Darnall | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Living
Beth Darnall

If you experience withdrawal symptoms, this does not meant that you cannot get off opioids. Withdrawal symptoms mean that your opioid level was dropped too quickly and your body was surprised by the lack of medication. The key is to work with your body to successfully taper your opioids -- by making small changes slowly over time.

Our Opioid Epidemic Is A Symptom Of Pharma's Alarming Influence

Alan Cassels | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Living
Alan Cassels

Critics have begun pointing the finger at the medical system and its prescribers -- well-meaning doctors and specialists who've been giving too many patients excessively powerful opioid medications to deal with modest pain. But we can dig deeper and look at the relationship between medical education and pharmaceutical company influence as a significant contributing factor.

An End To The War On Drugs May Finally Be In Sight

Bill Bogart | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Impact
Bill Bogart

The War may suffer a slow and prolonged demise, but the end will surely come. Canada can be a leader on these issues. It can steadfastly promote the winding down of the War. Our country should reclaim its position on the international stage, not as a nation of power, but one of humanity.

This Doctor Is Wrong About Pharmaceuticals And Natural Remedies

Karen Selick | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Living
Karen Selick

The National Post has published several articles and letters lately that have been harshly critical of naturopathic doctors and alternative medicine. The latest one to catch my eye was the letter on this page by Dr. Susan Piccinin, a medical doctor from Ancaster, Ontario.

Canada Needs A National Strategy To Tackle The Rise Of 'Superbugs'

Bryan Thomas | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Bryan Thomas

In the arms race between germs and medicine, the global community has two complementary strategies at its disposal: First, we can develop new antimicrobials, and secondly, we can slow the emergence of resistant strains through judicious use of current antimicrobials.

'Manopause' Is Real And Should Not Be Ignored

University of Toronto News | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

A 65-year-old man notices he's feeling more tired lately. He's gaining weight and losing muscle. He can't get as many erections, and generally feels foggy and unwell. His family doctor takes some blood tests and rules out thyroid problems, high cholesterol and blood sugar issues. The only finding is low testosterone -- but that's a normal part of aging, right?

It's Time For Big Pharma To Open Up About Drug Safety And Effectiveness

Matthew Herder | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Matthew Herder

If Canada is to implement national pharmacare, surely we want to know more about the drugs we'll be paying for. To this end, we must tackle a pre-existing challenge: we must open up the evidence our drug regulator houses concerning drug safety and effectiveness. For decades Health Canada has kept that information confidential at the behest of drug manufacturers. This practice limits the ongoing evaluation of a drug's safety and effectiveness and, in turn, provincial and territorial governments' decision-making about which drugs to pay for, not to mention physicians and patients who make decisions about which drugs to prescribe and take.

5 Ways We Can Reduce Suicides In Canada

Jitender Sareen | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jitender Sareen

Despite recent headlines, Canadian rates of suicide and attempted suicide have remained largely unchanged over the last several decades. What has changed is that we've seen increasing rates of suicide in the Canadian military recently, after stable rates for decades. The problem of suicide is not limited to the military in Canada; indigenous populations, especially in northern remote communities, have high rates of suicide. We need a unified approach across provincial and federal sectors to reduce suicides in the military, among veterans and civilians.

Why Doctors Must Change How They Medicate Patients

John Muscedere | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living
John Muscedere

Using non-beneficial medications or failing to offer comfort medications to chronically ill patients is potentially harmful, time-consuming and simply bad medical care. Unnecessary or unwarranted medical interventions, including medications, are also costly to the healthcare system. It's time to embrace new ways of thinking.

Governments Hate To Admit The Advantages Of Vaping

Karen Selick | Posted 12.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Karen Selick

Since 2009, Health Canada has taken the position that e-cigarettes containing nicotine are illegal. But out on the streets, Health Canada is simply being ignored. There's a brisk trade in vaping supplies including nicotine. Much of the new legislation might be found unconstitutional if challenged in the courts. Nicotine addicts who still use tobacco as a delivery method are suffering harm to their health that now appears to be quite unnecessary.

Prescription Opioids Are Behind Canada's Greatest Health Crisis

David Juurlink | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Living
David Juurlink

Today, doctors' offices are inundated with people who have been harmed more than helped by these drugs. Thousands more are dead. And yet the marketing continues, with pain specialists and advocacy groups opposing moves to curtail opioid prescription, their efforts financed by the very companies that make these drugs.

We Need Trudeau To Prioritize Pharmaceutical Drug Coverage

Steve Morgan | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Steve Morgan

Unlike any comparable country, Canada's universal public health care system effectively ends as soon as a patient is handed a prescription to fill. Millions of Canadians have no drug coverage at all and millions more have coverage that is inadequate to ensure access to medicines.

Bring The Human Toll Of Addiction To Light

Allan McDougall | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Allan McDougall

Addiction is misunderstood, and it leaves those suffering from the condition stigmatized. Society makes the assumption that an addict has a personal problem, not a medical one.

Dear Health Minister, We Need Federal Leadership In Medicare Restored

Colleen M. Flood | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Colleen M. Flood

You will know well from history that real change won't happen by providing more federal money with unconditional transfers.Real change will require helping provinces to shift the focus of our health system away from those who are relatively well resourced to new areas of care, such as essential pharmaceuticals and homecare.

What Trudeau Can Do To Make Medicines Accessible To All Canadians

Steve Morgan | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Steve Morgan

Financial barriers to filling necessary prescriptions result in worse health for patients. They also result in increased use of taxpayer-finance hospital and medical care. In other words, they don't save anybody money in the long run.

My Employers Helped Me Beat Addiction in the Workplace

Allan McDougall | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Business
Allan McDougall

I was a hard rock miner at the time and fortunately my union, the United Steelworkers, had an Employee Assistance Program whose staff guided me to the treatment I needed. They accepted me as a person who has a problem, not a problem person, and put me on the road to recovering my sobriety and my dignity.