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Interior Health report informs ongoing efforts to save lives at risk from poisoned drugs

On International Overdose Awareness Day, Interior Health has released the 2022 Medical Health Officer (MHO) report, The Toxic Drug Crisis in BC’s Southern Interior Region (Part 2). Authored by MHO Dr. Carol Fenton, the report updates on the impact of the unregulated substance poisoning emergency since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, explores the various reasons […]

At least 198 lost to toxic drugs in July as public health emergency continues

For the 13th consecutive month, more than 190 British Columbians have lost their lives to the toxic, unregulated drug supply, according to preliminary data released by the BC Coroners Service. “I am saddened to once again report that British Columbia’s toxic drug crisis shows no signs of abating,” said Lisa Lapointe, chief coroner. “We are […]

BC Coroners Service issues public safety bulletin about wildfire smoke

As confirmed by his parents, the BC Coroners Service is investigating the death of nine-year-old Carter Vigh of 100 Mile House, related to an existing medical condition aggravated by wildfire smoke. The sudden and unexpected death of this young boy is a heartbreaking loss for his family and community. As the province experiences...

NEW DRUG ALERT Trail and surrounding area

Interior Health has issued an ADDITIONAL DRUG ALERT for Trail after a samples are believed to be connected with multiple drug poisoning events in the community causing paranoia, disorientation and decreased mobility in addition to loss of consciousness. Samples are being sent for further analysis as they contained unidentified...

More than 1,000 lives lost to toxic unregulated drugs in first five months of 2023

Though the risk of death posed by the unregulated drug supply remains extremely high, the number of deaths in British Columbia due to drug toxicity decreased from near-record levels in April to 176 lives lost in the month of May. “BC Coroners Service findings confirm that this public-health emergency continues to be driven ...

Pharmacists can prescribe contraceptives, treatments for minor ailments

Starting June 1, 2023, people in B.C. can get prescriptions from their pharmacist for contraceptives and medications to treat 21 minor ailments, such as allergies, shingles, cold sores, pink eye and uncomplicated urinary tract infections. “We are delivering on our commitment to give pharmacists the power to provide prescriptions,”...

Supreme Court of Canada upholds BC Supreme Court's landmark decision protecting public health care

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed Cambie Surgeries Corporation’s (CSC) attempt to overturn previous decisions made by BC’s courts that upheld the BC Medicare Protection Act. This decision marks the end of the corporation’s lengthy legal battle to overturn key provisions in the BC Medicare Protection Act that ensure...

Opinion: Profit over safety = recipe for disaster

On February 3, a 150-car train carrying toxic chemicals derailed near East Palestine, Ohio. Close to half the town’s 4,700 residents had to evacuate as deadly gas and smoke fouled the air and chemicals contaminated waterways. Fortunately, no people were killed (although at least 3,500 fish perished), unlike in the devastating...

B.C. renews use of emergency operation centres to support patients, hospitals

Beginning Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, emergency operation centres (EOCs) will be reactivated in health authorities to ensure patients continue to have access to the hospital care services they need as respiratory illness season continues in B.C. Activating EOCs is another proactive step in the Province’s plan to provide enhanced ...

Five ways to avoid pain and injury when starting a new exercise regime

By Lewis Macgregor, Lecturer in Sport, Health & exercise Science, University of Stirling  (UK) Getting in the habit of exercising isn’t easy. Not only is finding the time to exercise a major deterrent for people, the fear of aches, pain and injuries is also a reason that people put off starting a new exercise regime. But...
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