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U.S. senators urge Canada to stop 'hillbilly heroin'

Michelle Siu For The Globe and Mail

Two American senators are urging federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose to stop the production in Canada of a form of oxycodone that is easily abused and has been flowing to drug users in the United States where it is banned.

Ms. Ambrose suggested last October that she might take steps to join the United States in outlawing a form of the prescription painkiller, marketed as OxyContin and known as hillbilly heroin, which is easy to crush, dissolve, inject or snort. Deaths related to opioids of this sort have tripled in North America since 1990.

Gloria Galloway reports

Pete McMartin: A fruitless quest to save the Downtown Eastside

Photograph by: Arlen Redekop , Vancouver Sun

Mary Morgan has seen the worst the world has to offer. Guatemala, Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Afghanistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe — her consultancy work in developing nations has given her first-hand experience with war, poverty and disease. She has worked for CARE, CIDA, and the International Rescue Committee, among others.

But nothing prepared her for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

In 2002, she stepped into the job of executive director of Partners for Economic and Community Help (PEACH). The previous executive director had left, and Morgan was hired for the job.

'We Were Seen as Quite Scary': PHS's Townsend

 Photo: Matt Kieltyka/Metro

There was a sense of relief in Vancouver on the morning of Dec. 14, 2002 when squatters began taking down their tent city around the vacant Woodward's building, filling six dumpsters with trash. The peaceful dismantling of the 92-day Woodsquat was largely organized by the Portland Hotel Society. The group's credibility with street people helped avert a potentially violent riot and expensive police action.

B.C. patients go online in a big way for test results

Photograph by: Spencer Platt , Getty Images

Nearly half a million B.C. residents are getting their blood and lab test results on their computers and mobile devices, and plans are in the works to give patients radiology test results too.

The era of patient consumerism and empowerment has arrived, as evidenced by the ever-growing number of B.C. residents who’ve subscribed to the free “my eHealth” service provided by Excelleris Technologies, a division of LifeLabs, the biggest medical lab company in B.C. (The cost of providing the service is included in the fees that labs charge Victoria.)

Expiry of health-care deal sparks concern over drug costs

Photograph by: Andrew Vaughan , THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA — Patients in some parts of the country may face bed shortages and more expensive drugs now that a health-care deal between Ottawa and the provinces has expired, an advocacy group warned Monday.

Provinces with declining populations, such as New Brunswick, already are feeling the fallout from the expiry of the 10-year, $41-billion health accord struck in 2004, while growing provinces, such as Alberta, stand to gain, Canadian Health Coalition executive director Michael McBane said

Events held to mark end of health accord

A multi-billion dollar health accord which provided stable funding and set common goals across the country expired today. As a result, provinces will gradually see more pressure on their healthcare systems – and that’s raising fears about service cuts.

Patients in some parts of the country may face bed shortages and more expensive drugs now that a health-care deal between Ottawa and the provinces has expired, an advocacy group warned Monday.

Amid renewed concern over measles, doctors call for national vaccine registry

Photograph by: Valentin Flauraud / Reuters

Children across Canada continue to be a target for the contagious measles virus, but a growing number of adults who were never immunized, or received only one dose of the vaccine, are being infected, too.

St. Paul's Hospital's Dr. Webb and Dr. Cheung comment on COSIRA Study

Neovasc Inc. (TSXV: NVC) today reported that final data from its COSIRA trial assessing the efficacy and safety of the Neovasc ReducerTM, a novel percutaneous device for the treatment of refractory angina, was presented on March 29, 2014 in a Featured Clinical Research Presentation at ACC.14, the American College of Cardiology 63rd Annual Scientific Session & Expo.

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS among experts meeting in Vancouver to talk HIV treatment

British Columbia’s model for HIV treatment will be highlighted this week as world experts gather in Vancouver.

The International HIV Treatment as Prevention workshop runs April 1-4, with more than 300 world experts reviewing and discussing policy and research findings, with a goal of identifying future priority areas for research and action.

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS has spearheaded research treatment worldwide, said centre spokesman Kevin Hollett.

Ben Bulmer reports

Seniors and depression: On a ‘shrinking island'

Photograph by: ADRIAN LAM , Times Colonist

Seniors already dealing with health problems, financial constraints and shrinking social circles often confront an accompanying challenge.

Depression, as one elderly Victoria sufferer says, is “a hidden disease,” something that seniors are especially loathe to admit.

British Columbians 70 and older account for about 12 per cent of suicides in the province, according to statistics from the B.C. Coroners Service.


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