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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

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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

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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

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We have an opioid epidemic not a fentanyl epidemic.

In the first 9 months of 2015 fentanyl killed 215 Albertans. Public health officials, enforcement, and government have sounded the alarm , created task forces, and public awareness campaigns. The sudden spike in fentanyl related deaths has put pressure on the government to make naloxone more accessible, often described as the “fentanyl antidote” in media reports… Continue reading We have an opioid epidemic not a fentanyl epidemic.

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GPDOTS to attend the FED UP Rally in Washington DC next week

Thanks to the generous donation from the Corey Zwicker Memorial Washer Toss, GPDOTS will be a proud sponsor of the FED UP Rally in Washington DC. GPDOTS will have a table at the event to educate fellow advocates and the public on what initiatives GPDOTS has been working on in Canada and how they can… Continue reading GPDOTS to attend the FED UP Rally in Washington DC next week