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A protester holds a sign during a rally in Victoria in April 2022. An average of 22 people are dying every day in Canada because the illicit supply of drugs is toxic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Drug prohibition is fuelling the overdose crisis: Regulating drugs is the way out

Regulating drugs may seem radical, but taking the production and sale of currently illegal drugs away from organized crime and drug cartels is the most promising way to keep our communities safe.
Democrats and Republicans are equally less likely to support a drug treatment clinic if it’s in their neighborhood. Can Merey/picture alliance via Getty Images

How opioid treatment centers can overcome bipartisan NIMBYism to build local support

A Philadelphia neighborhood is pushing back against the city’s plan to expand an existing shelter to serve people in active addiction.
Cytostatic drugs help treat a range of cancers but may also pose a threat to ecosystems. (Shutterstock)

Cancer drug pollution is a growing global concern

Modern pharmaceuticals have saved millions of lives, however, there is growing concern that these same drugs may pose a real ecological concern for human and non-human life alike.
You may want to know more about a new prescription drug, such as how quickly the drug was approved by Health Canada, whether there have been any recent safety warnings about it or how the drug compares to other medications for the same condition. (Shutterstock)

How to find more information about a drug that your doctor prescribed

If you want to know more about a drug, Health Canada provides information online through several websites. However, some information appears to be getting harder to find.
Minister of Health Mark Holland speaks about new national pharmacare legislation during a press conference in Ottawa on Feb. 29, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Pharmacare’s design could further fragment and politicize Canada’s health system

The way pharmacare is implemented could contribute to the Canadian health insurance system’s transition toward a more contentious and unequal American-style system with heavy administrative burdens.
Both the Canadian Paediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend opioids be considered for short-term pain if acetaminophen and ibuprofen are inadequate. (Shutterstock)

Your child has been prescribed opioids: 7 ways to use them more safely

No parent wants to see their child suffer and untreated pain can have health consequences. But parents may have concerns about use of opioids for their child’s acute pain. Here are tips for safer use.
Patients need to know that treatments are recommended based on patient need, not pharma company interests. That’s why it’s important to know how much Big Pharma is paying to health-care providers and organizations. (Shutterstock)

Canadians need to know how much money Big Pharma gives health-care providers, but this information is far too difficult to find

Canada has a lack of transparency about Big Pharma’s payments to health-care providers and organizations. Disclosure is voluntary, and there’s no central data on even the few companies that do report.

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