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  • Potential medical pot fraud raised fears at Health Canada

    Health Canada was forced to create a safety net to prevent abuse after a handful of forged authorizations for medicinal marijuana surfaced, according to emails obtained by CBC News.

    Emails released through federal Access to Information laws show that Health Canada was made aware of at least five instances last year where doctors’ signatures were forged on applications for medical marijuana.

    On top of this, in 2012, one specialist physician in British Columbia flagged to Health Canada that another doctor was using his name without his permission to authorize applications under a Category 2 classification.


  • #2
    High radon levels found in Health Canada tests across country

    CBC News has obtained data showing the results of approximately 14,000 radon tests in homes across the country, which show that over 1,500 homes Health Canada tested had radon levels above the department's guidelines.

    Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada after smoking. It's a radioactive gas naturally emitted from the earth through the breakdown of uranium in soil. It enters your home by seeping in through cracks, pipes, windows and the foundation of your house.

    It's estimated that radon kills 3,000 Canadians a year.



    • #3
      Opiate overdose deaths rising across Canada

      Deaths linked to opiate overdoses are rising sharply across Canada owing to an increase in prescription drug use, says a report released Wednesday by the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition.

      The report says often these deaths could be prevented and many result from over-prescribing of pain medications.

      "It’s a national issue, it’s a growing problem," said Donald MacPherson, executive director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition.

      "Canada is the No. 2 user of opiates in the world next to the U.S., so there’s a lot of prescription opioids out there in the market."



      • #4
        Stroke rehab costs mount for Canadian patients, families

        Canadian stroke experts say patients often fall through the cracks of the health care system when they are discharged from hospital and frequently end up paying for rehab sessions out of pocket, or not receiving them at all.

        Dr. Robert Teasell is a professor of medicine with Western University in London, Ont., who studies stroke rehabilitation.



        • #5
          The painkiller puzzle: How to solve a growing opioid crisis

          A dramatically rising number of people are dying from opioids — such as OxyContin and codeine — but health experts and doctors say Canada's not doing enough to combat the crisis.

          "We give these drugs to too many people, too generously, at too high doses, and we need to rein back this excessive dispensing and prescribing of opioids," said Benedikt Fischer, the Canadian Institute of Health Research chair who specializes in substance abuse. "If we do that effectively, we will reduce a lot of the harms, including deaths."

          Opioids are a family of drugs that are typically used to treat pain, but are also known for giving users a feeling of euphoria, making them addictive.



          • #6
            Health Canada's quiet move to end use of antibiotics to fatten up animals

            A cow can get penicillin without a prescription in most parts of Canada, unlike humans who have to see their doctors first.

            Farmers can simply go down to the local farm supply store and buy tetracycline and many other antibiotics over the counter.

            And the animals don't have to be sick. Cattle, chickens, turkeys and pigs take antibiotics to prevent them from becoming infected.

            For animal producers, antibiotics are an important management tool to keep their herds and flocks healthy and profitable. It's estimated that up to 80 per cent of the world's antibiotics are used in agriculture.

            Last edited by Local; 07-15-2014, 09:07 AM.


            • #7
              Hallucinogen being offered by St. John's man to treat addiction

              A former drug addict in St. John's is offering an ancient psychedelic drug native to West Africa to people looking to battle their addictions, but at least one local doctor says taking the unapproved substance could prove fatal.

              Ibogaine, which comes from the igoba plant, causes hallucinations and gives users a high that can last more than 30 hours. It's been used in spiritual ceremonies for hundreds of years in some tribal communities.

              Shane Mugford, a recovering addict living in St. John's, operates his own counselling service and administers the drug to help people battle addiction.



              • #8
                Medical pot cookie prohibition ruled unconstitutional

                It's unconstitutional to forbid licensed medical marijuana users from possessing pot-laced products, such as cookies or body creams, a B.C. Court of Appeal judge has ruled.

                Parliament has been given one year to recraft regulations to allow medicinal marijuana users to use products made from cannabis extract. They can include creams, salves, oils, brownies, cakes, cookies and chocolate bars.

                Health Canada currently allows people suffering from debilitating illnesses access to medicinal marijuana, but only in the form of dried marijuana.



                • #9
                  Mandatory food & nutrition class would help Ontario health, group says

                  The Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) is pushing for at least one mandatory food and nutrition course in the province, saying it would make healthier citizens.

                  The OHEA said approximately one-third of children in Ontario are overweight or obese and increasing "food literacy" would help more people understand nutrition labels, make meals at home, make the most of their grocery budget and reduce waste.



                  • #10
                    Patients' 'lives ruined' as hip surgery waits grow

                    Two osteoarthritis patients struggling with constant pain are speaking out in frustration about increasingly long waits to get hip replacement surgery.

                    "It’s been absolutely horrific," said Julie Bennett, 55, a mother of four and home-care worker from Kamloops, B.C.

                    "I am in constant pain every day. And my life is slowing slipping away."

                    "It’s not tolerable," said Vancouver resident Chiara Borello, 85. "It’s not living…that I stay like this - waiting. It’s terrible."