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Firefighters equipped for opioid overdoses

June
29
,
2016
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Another front-line flank has been added in the battle to counter opioid overdoses. Beginning July 1, Kamloops Fire Rescue will have the ability to administer Naloxone, a potential lifesaver and safeguard against disability that can reverse an...

Six IHA executives pull in $1.5M in salaries

June
28
,
2016
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By WAYNE MOORE Interior Health paid out wages and benefits to six executives in the amount of $1.5 million for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The health authority's fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. Figures were obtained from the yearly...

Neurosurgery pioneer honoured at RIH

June
28
,
2016
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An unwavering commitment to patient care by Dr. Gur Singh will live on through the naming of a high-observation room dedicated to neurosurgery patients at RIH. The late Kamloops neurosurgeon was honoured Monday for his nearly 50 years of...

Ride Don't Hide stands up against stigma

June
26
,
2016
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With its $20,000 target already reached the night before, the fourth annual Ride Don’t Hide charity ride got an extra boost as cyclists set off Sunday, June 26, from Centennial Park in Westsyde. About 130 riders registered for the event,...

‘Anyone can save a life,’ opioid forum hears

June
23
,
2016
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Interior Health is having greater difficulty reducing opioid overdoses than other health authorities in B.C., a forum on addiction was told Thursday. “Other health authorities are managing to lower the numbers at a higher speed than we are...

Confronting a killer through wider conversation

June
21
,
2016
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Fentanyl, an often disguised killer, has claimed hundreds of lives in B.C. in recent months, but approaching the crisis as a health emergency, openly confronting the killer, is showing promise.   In the field of addictions services,...

Clinic plan aimed at easing doctor shortage

June
17
,
2016
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Preliminary talks are underway for a primary care facility on the North Shore that would help fill the family physician shortage, Health Minister Terry Lake says. Interior Health, Thompson Division of Family Practice and the province are...

IHA equips ERs to better prevent overdoses

June
14
,
2016
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Interior Health has begun adopting ER measures to improve overdose surveillance and arm people at risk of overdose with naloxone. Emergency departments in Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon and in the Kootenays are the first sites to provide both the...

Agencies reach out in face of opioid crisis

June
14
,
2016
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Community agencies are banding together in the face of an opioid crisis blamed for a spike in drug overdoses across the province. Addiction Matters — a collective of seven agencies that deal with addiction services — is holding a...

Better labelling, better protection, McLeod says

June
14
,
2016
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Clearer consumer product labelling retrievable by smartphone is the objective behind a bill introduced in the House of Commons Tuesday by MP Cathy McLeod. The purpose of McLeod's first private member’s bill is twofold: knowledge...