PEI’s hysterical pain-killer epidemic

The past two weeks has seen the PEI Health Minister clutching at the pain-killer abuse story with the local media parroting his words

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Substance abuse on PEI – alcohol tops the list with marijuana 2nd and all other illicit drugs a distant 3rd

According to PEI’s Minister of Health and the local media, Prince Edward Island has a “painkiller epidemic” but it just ain’t so.

We do know is that if the Province makes it harder to get prescription pain killers PEI’s 25,000 persons living with disabilities will suffer. Pain is the one of the most significant problems for the disabled.  Continue reading PEI’s hysterical pain-killer epidemic

Health Minister and Deputy disagree on PEI’s new war on pain killers

Health PEI is starting a smoke screen war on narcotics to divert public attention from closing rural hospitals – the Minister and his Deputy tell two different stories

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Health Minister Doug Currie and Deputy Dr. Michael Mayne – two versions of “War on Pain Killers” – a smokescreen?

The announced get-tough stance on prescription of pain killers appears to be a smoke screen to divert attention from hospital closings. It is a phony shadow war at best.

Health Canada reports pain-killer use is dropping across Canada. PEI is on par with the national average.

Where is this “dramatic increase” reported by the Minister, CBC and the Charlottetown Guardian?  Continue reading Health Minister and Deputy disagree on PEI’s new war on pain killers

PEI Narcotics Regulations Attack Disabled and Dying

Prince Edward Island’s plans to further restrict legal prescriptions of pain killers will harm the long-term disabled and terminally ill.

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PEI Health Minister Doug Currie promoting new regulations that will harm people with disabilities

The new legislation will limit legal prescriptions for those suffering chronic pain in the terminal stages of life.

Using data from PEI’s maligned health information system, PEI’s Minister of Health plans to limit pain medication for PEI’s 25,000 disabled.

Narcotic pain killers are already highly regulated in Canada and access for people with chronic pain and disabilities can be difficult. New regulations are a likely a smokescreen of other changes in the PEI healthcare system.  Continue reading PEI Narcotics Regulations Attack Disabled and Dying

Travel Insurance – Don’t Leave Home Without It

Inter-provincial or out-of-country travel can put a big dent in your wallet

Ambulance NB is not free if you are from out-of-province

Before Christmas I was visiting in New Brunswick and needed an ambulance for a midnight trip to the hospital.

My heart almost did a flip when a $650 bill for ambulance services came a month later.

If I had been traveling in a province that didn’t have reciprocal medicare coverage, the bill could have been more than $10,000.  Continue reading Travel Insurance – Don’t Leave Home Without It

Thank you Toyota for inventing the walking robot

Toyota will be selling several health robots to help people walk, transfer from bed to wheelchair in 2013

It’s easy to get excited when Toyota announces a robot to help people walk.

In the 60 years since my left leg became paralyzed nothing really new in technology has been invented beyond the leg brace to help people like me.
Continue reading Thank you Toyota for inventing the walking robot

Depression is an Offline Event

In the last several weeks, two people that I’ve known from online have taken their lives.

By Chris Brogan G+ – In both cases, there were tweets or Facebook posts or Google+ updates that hinted that things might be falling apart.

But we rarely notice such posts. We rarely hear them loudly, because they aren’t Siri jokes or cats dressed like astronauts.
Continue reading Depression is an Offline Event

Audiologists are they salesmen or professionals?

Connect Hearing promised $1,000 discounts, free trials and even a Veterans discount. In the end they delivered nothing.

Continue reading Audiologists are they salesmen or professionals?

Disability Issues Get Attention in Ontario Election

Disabilities get small concessions in Ontario from political parties

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty Tracy Odell, APDD

By Ed Montigny, Staff Lawyer, ARCH

If you review the election platforms of the three major parties you will find little in the way of policies aimed directly at assisting persons with disabilities.

It is clear that the discussions of the economy, jobs and taxes dominate, although health care issues and education also receive attention from all parties. Continue reading Disability Issues Get Attention in Ontario Election

PEI Healthcare problem is not medical care

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Emergency (Province of PEI)

Problems are more likely  the management than the medical staff

Continue reading PEI Healthcare problem is not medical care

Be nice if someone cared at the QEH

Accessible parking is inaccessible because QEH can’t be bothered to shovel the snow around the meters

January 12, 2001 - 2 Celsius at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital entrance and snow blocking those with disabilities from the meters (photo Stephen Pate)

If a person in a wheelchair, walker, or using a cane can’t get to the meter, will they get a ticket? Probably.