In March 2011 I lost my younger brother Josh to an accidental overdose of hydromorphone. I started raising awareness regarding the prescription drug epidemic, more specifically opioids in my local community. This was the birth of Get Prescription Drugs off the Street (GPDOTS) and began my mission to bring awareness, education, and accountability to the… Continue reading The opioid epidemic – So you want to talk about personal responsibility?
Why do we need a Prescription Drug Drop Off Day? I believe that is the real question that should be asked. Why is there a need for people to empty their medicine cabinets once a year and turn over thousands of unused prescription medications? Could it be that physicians are over prescribing or prescribing unnecessary… Continue reading Why do we need a Prescription Drug Drop off Day?
Today in the Chronicle Herald there was an article titled : STEPHENSON: Nova Scotia doctors need to confront prescription drug abuse. While it is nice to see the prescription drug use epidemic acknowledged and reported on, there were some serious flaws in Dr. Gus Grants comments. First of all , saying the N.S. Prescription Monitoring… Continue reading Response to : STEPHENSON: Nova Scotia doctors need to confront prescription drug abuse, Chronicle Herald
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!