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First Nations women overrepresented among B.C. toxic drug deaths: doctor

First Nations women overrepresented among B.C. toxic drug deaths: doctor

VICTORIA — Indigenous people, especially women, are dying from toxic drugs at disproportionately high rates in British Columbia as the overdose crisis continues "unabated," nearly seven years after the province first declared a public health emergenc
Decriminalization begins in B.C. as coroners service releases overdose death data

Decriminalization begins in B.C. as coroners service releases overdose death data

VANCOUVER — Decriminalization of people with small amounts of illegal drugs for their own use has become a reality in British Columbia, but substance users and researchers say the change is expected to make little immediate difference because of a to
No interest in 'watering down' LTC standards to meet national ones: Ontario minister

No interest in 'watering down' LTC standards to meet national ones: Ontario minister

TORONTO — Ontario will take a look at new national standards for long-term care, the minister responsible for the sector said Tuesday, but wouldn't want to "water down" what the province is already doing to improve care.

Vermont lawmakers mull bills to protect abortion providers

Vermont lawmakers are taking testimony on a pair of bills that aim to protect health care workers who provide abortions and gender-affirming health care in Vermont from legal and disciplinary action from states that limit or ban those practices.
Minnesota governor signs broad abortion rights bill into law

Minnesota governor signs broad abortion rights bill into law

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov.
Health Canada conducts safety review on breastfeeding drug amid psychiatric concerns

Health Canada conducts safety review on breastfeeding drug amid psychiatric concerns

Health Canada is reviewing the safety of domperidone, a drug prescribed off-label to improve breast milk supply, amid reports that some mothers in Canada and the U.S. have had serious psychiatric symptoms when they tried to stop taking the drug.
How will life change once the COVID-19 emergency ends?

How will life change once the COVID-19 emergency ends?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The declaration of a COVID-19 public health emergency three years ago changed the lives of millions of Americans by offering increased health care coverage, beefed-up food assistance and universal access to coronavirus vaccines and
Liberals should legislate long-term care standards to fulfil pledge in pact, says NDP

Liberals should legislate long-term care standards to fulfil pledge in pact, says NDP

OTTAWA — The Liberals must enshrine new standards for long-term care homes in law to fulfil a pledge in the confidence-and-supply agreement that would help keep their minority government in power, the health critic for the New Democrats said Tuesday.
By the numbers for British Columbia's overdose crisis

By the numbers for British Columbia's overdose crisis

VICTORIA — British Columbia's chief coroner released overdose figures for 2022, showing 2,272 residents died from toxic drugs last year. Lisa Lapointe says drug toxicity remains the leading cause of unnatural death in B.C.
Indiana justices won't hear 2nd abortion case for now

Indiana justices won't hear 2nd abortion case for now

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's high court said it will not immediately consider a challenge to the state's abortion ban that is based on the argument that the law violates some people's religious freedoms, leaving that decision to an appeals court, at
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