Labelled an effort to fight the growing issue of opioid addiction here within the province of Ontario, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has announced that the provincial drug formulary (ODB) will no longer be covering high-dose long-acting opioids over 200mg MED (Morphine Equivalent Dose) as of January 2017.
I must say, I've been fairly impressed with the changes made by our new Liberal government and Minister of Health, Jane Philpott. While the reaction time has been lagging, some significant steps have been taken in order to help protect the health and lives of Canadians who use drugs. While we aren't even halfway through 2016, let's take a look at what's changed so far this year!
In a fantastic step forward, Health Canada has announced the Naloxone Federal prescription status review results - and it's great news. Effective immediately, Naloxone is now available in Canada without a prescription.
This week, the Mother's of MumsDU (Moms United and Mandated to Saving the Lives of Drug Users), along with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, decided it was high time to get some answers from our major federal parties regarding Canada's approach to addressing problems related to drugs and drug use. Since many of these issues have taken a backseat in this federal election, the responses they received should be taken in to consideration before casting your ballot this coming Monday, October 19th!
September 30th marked the 2nd annual FEDUP! Rally for Canadian drug policy reform. This year, the Rally was held on the south lawn at Queen's Park, Toronto, where we gathered to make some noise and let our government know just how FEDUP! we really are. If you weren't able to make it out to Toronto to join us, don't worry, I made sure to snap plenty of pictures throughout my trip, so you can check out all of the excitement!
Recently, it doesn't seem that I can go more than a day or so without another 'Fentanyl-themed' article in the daily news/media. While on one hand, it's great that the issues surrounding Fentanyl and opiate use are being recognized and discussed more frequently in the mainstream media. On the other hand, it signifies that we now have a very big issue on our hands. When it comes to reducing the potentially deadly effects associated with Fentanyl use, reporting on the issue only goes so far. Action needs to be taken, immediately.
By K. Lanktree
- Freelance Writer -
- Blog Mistress -
- Former IV Drug User -
- Methadone Patient -
- Lover of all things Harm Reduction -
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