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June overdose death numbers show increase

June overdose death numbers show increase

Updated statistics from the BC Coroners Service show the number of illicit drug overdose deaths among B.C. residents has increased.

The total number of overdose deaths for June 2016 was 56, an increase from 43 in May 2016. A total of 371 overdose deaths have been reported from January to June 2016.

Province expands Tele-Mental Health to Cranbrook

To help celebrate the launch of Tele-Mental Health in the Cranbrook area, Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux, Health Minister Terry Lake and East Kootenay MLA Bill Bennett recently met Jennifer Westcott, MCFD Team Leader for Child and Youth Mental Health (right) and Dr. Cecile Andreas, co-chair of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative (left). — Submitted photo

Children and teens with mental-health challenges can now more easily access the specialized supports they need, thanks to the expansion of Tele-Mental Health videoconferencing services to Cranbrook.

“Tele-Mental Health allows young people to connect directly with a psychiatrist – in real time – without having to leave their home communities,” said Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux.

Think FAST – Province supports stroke awareness

Think FAST – Province supports stroke awareness

Stroke is a serious medical emergency, and recognizing the signs and taking immediate action is crucial. To help create awareness around this, the Province has contributed $600,000 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s FAST awareness campaign, Health Minister Terry Lake announced today.

The national campaign encourages Canadians to call 9-1-1 at the first sign of stroke. FAST stands for these four stroke warning signs and symptoms:

Opinion: Questioning 'Progress' in the form of LNG Development

Opinion:  Questioning 'Progress' in the form of LNG Development

BC Premier Christy Clark famously denounced environmental activists as "the forces of NO," and proudly aligned herself with "the forces of YES" for industrial development, and in particular, the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) industry and the LNG projects her government is pushing -- along with the Site C dam to provide power for it. 

Kootenay and Boundary Food Producers Co-op Launch First Full Year

Kootenay and Boundary Food Producers Co-op Launch First Full Year

The Kootenay & Boundary Food Producers Co-op (KBFPC) is steadily working towards its goal of creating a sustainable local food economy where local food is always available in the grocery store where you shop and the restaurants where you eat, all while the farmers and businesses who produce it are making a living wage. Nicholas Albright, the KBFPC’s Coordinator, says “the first step is always the hardest.

FLUSH AND FORGET? OR, WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

FLUSH AND FORGET?  OR, WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

HAVE YOUR SAY ON SEWAGE:   Regional District Seeks Input on Future of Sewage Treatment in Greater Trail system

Overdose response measures roll out in emergency departments

The first sites, including Castlegar, Kaslo, Nakusp and New Denver, will provide both the enhanced overdose surveillance and the Take Home Naloxone program.

Interior Health has begun implementing measures in emergency departments to improve overdose surveillance and arm those at risk with naloxone, a life-saving drug that can reduce the risk of brain damage or death, from future opioid overdoses.  
 

Legislation comes into force to regulate e-cigarettes

The Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act was introduced as an amendment in spring 2015 to help stop the growing use of e-cigarettes by young people in British Columbia.

New laws around the sale, promotion and use of e-cigarettes will come into effect on Sept. 1, 2016.

The Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act is designed to protect youth from the unknown effects of e-cigarette vapour and from becoming addicted to nicotine, which is why it will treat e-cigarette use exactly the same as tobacco, with the same bans and restrictions.

There are no restrictions on adults buying e-cigarettes.

Ministerial statement on medical assistance in dying

BC Health Minister Terry Lake

Health Minister Terry Lake and Attorney General Suzanne Anton released the following statement yesterday on medical assistance in dying:

Sunlight and Sunglasses -- Be Cool AND Smart

Sunlight and Sunglasses -- Be Cool AND Smart

Summer weather is early this year, so, here is a reminder about sun exposure and what we really need to be careful about. In the past, sun was used in European clinics, using controlled amounts to cure diseases such as tuberculosis and heal wounds. Since the 60’s, we have been warned about sunbathing causing skin cancer, and wearing sunglasses to prevent sun damage. However, done properly during certain parts of the day and for a limited time, there are positive effects that may just outweigh the potential hazards.

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