Opinions

Nova Scotia still has lots of work to do in addressing the opioid epidemic

On March 10th the Nova Scotia provincial government announced an additional $1.1 million in funding to help address the opioid epidemic. Myself and other families who have been impacted by the epidemic were pleased to see these funds were being used to expand access to government funded naloxone as well as increased funding to three… Continue reading Nova Scotia still has lots of work to do in addressing the opioid epidemic

Letters To Government · Uncategorized

An open letter to Alberta Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman regarding the opioid crisis

Dear Minister Hoffman, As you know the opioid epidemic is impacting communities in Alberta and across Canada. As of October 2016 in Edmonton there were more overdose deaths related to prescription opioids than fentanyl although the opioid epidemic is often still framed as simply the fentanyl epidemic. After reading the third and partial fourth quarter… Continue reading An open letter to Alberta Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman regarding the opioid crisis

Opinions

Response to the article: Naloxone kits yet to be widely distributed to Edmonton Police officers commission hears

Response to the article: Naloxone kits yet to be widely distributed to Edmonton Police officers commission hears http://edmontonjournal.com/news/crime/naloxone-kits-yet-to-be-widely-distributed-to-edmonton-police-officers-commission-hears In 2011 I lost my brother Josh to an accidental prescription opioid overdose. It continues to that shock me how naloxone is often only referenced in connection to fentanyl overdoses. Naloxone is effective for all opioid overdoses,… Continue reading Response to the article: Naloxone kits yet to be widely distributed to Edmonton Police officers commission hears

Opinions

Illicit Fentanyl’s confirmed arrival in Nova Scotia

I am often asked what my thoughts are on the “fentanyl epidemic” and what impact it will have on Nova Scotia so here it is: Fentanyl is of great concern due to its potency and accessibility vs other prescription opioids. The healthcare system created a huge market of opioid dependant people which organize crime is… Continue reading Illicit Fentanyl’s confirmed arrival in Nova Scotia