It’s that time of year again. The time of year that reminds me of the day I will never forget, the day my life would change forever. Parts of me cannot believe three years has gone by already. Parts of me feel like it was only yesterday I heard Josh’s laugh and saw his smile.… Continue reading March 19th – The anniversary i will never forget.
CNN recently did a story about Dr. Lynn Webster and the investigations related to his patients. After watching the video, I am sure you will be a tad disturbed. What is even more disturbing is the fact that this same doctor developed the opioid risk tool which is in our Canadian opioid prescribing guidelines for… Continue reading Get the big pharma influence out of here please!
In the interview above you will hear Kevin Lynch explain to CBC Radio how the Nova Scotia RX Monitoring Program is referring cases to law enforcement , and getting their medical consultant to review prescribing trends that exceed recommended thresholds. Below are the statistics of how many times a year this is actually being done… Continue reading Prescription Monitoring Is Not The Silver Bullet
It has been 656 days since I lost my little brother Joshua to an accidental overdose to hydromorphone and alcohol and it does not hurt any less. In fact, in reality it hurts more. The rage and the anger has faded only making it more clear how much it hurts to not have him in… Continue reading Its a New Year , Same Fight!
There has been another arrest made in the Annapolis Valley in connection to a methadone overdose. The dealer has been charged with trafficking a controlled substance. This weekend Annapolis Valley Health and local police collected over 35,000 prescription pills in one afternoon during their RX Drug Take Back Day. The Annapolis Valley has a population… Continue reading Over Prescribing Evident In Nova Scotia
In March of 2011 I was asked by several Valley citizens to become involved with taking action on the prescription drug issue. There were parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers who had been impacted by the problem; one that had already claimed 14 lives in the Valley during 2010 alone. In addition it was destroying the… Continue reading Rx Drug Epidemic Needs Collective Action – Leo Glavine , Liberal Health Critic
Today in the Herald the new President of Doctors Nova Scotia John Finley answered a question about prescription drug abuse. Q: What are your thoughts on what appears to be the growing problem of prescription drug abuse. Are we doing enough to address this problem, and if not, what more could we do? A: As… Continue reading Doctors Keep Deflecting Responsibility In RX Drug Abuse Epidemic
The article by Laurent LePierres in the Herald Opinions on 5/18/12, contained gross misinformation and was a mischaracterization of the disease of addiction. It is a blatant insult to the victims of addiction and their families to imply that those who have become addicted from prescription opioids would have become addicts anyway and that this has… Continue reading Opioid Narcotics – Who is telling us the truth?
The following quotes are from an Opinion piece in the Chronicle Herald May 18th 2012 titled : LE PIERRÈS: Maybe our assumptions about addictions are wrong Its hard to get a handle on the prescription drug abuse epidemic in Nova Scotia when doctors in power have opinions like these : “Stories of people who were… Continue reading Are Nova Scotian’s Being MisInformed About The Dangers Of Prescription Painkillers?
This article was in the Nova Scotia Chronical Herald May 18th , 2012 titled : LE PIERRÈS: Maybe our assumptions about addictions are wrong If you’re in a room with a bunch of doctors and they ambush you with some surprising information, this is not normally a good thing. Unless, of course, you are their… Continue reading Response to Article by Laurent LePierres in the Herald Opinions May 18, 2012 – Stephen Gelfand , MD