The past two weeks has seen the PEI Health Minister clutching at the pain-killer abuse story with the local media parroting his words
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 →
Prince Edward Island’s plans to further restrict legal prescriptions of pain killers will harm the long-term disabled and terminally ill.
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 →
Without legal aid, people with cognitive and learning disabilities cannot cope with the demands of the law
Maria was busking to earn bus fare back to Vancouver. She told a long and convoluted tale, a tortured story of mental illness, homelessness and rejection. (Photo Eric Parker Flickr Creative Commons)
Canadians with cognitive and learning disabilities are falling through the cracks of Canada’s legal system.
They often lack the skills to deal with details like court dates, the demands for clear thinking and the pace of the courts.
Unless they get legal aid, those living with mental disabilities are not being treated fairly by the Courts or the Human Rights system that are supposed to protect them.
“Individuals who live with cognitive and perceptual impairments need more time to understand what they are facing, what their options are and how to respond,” said Toronto lawyer Sarah Shartal. (Toronto Star)
“Informed consent or informed participation takes talk…it takes time to explain things to people who have difficulty thinking clearly.”