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News — March 19, 2012

National

  • “Ontario creates withdrawal plan for Oxycontin users”
    (Toronto Star)
    “The government has devised a province-wide plan on how to wean Ontario users off OxyContin, after weeks of criticism for not being prepared to handle mass withdrawals. The hidden horrors of opioid painkiller addictions have come to the forefront now that OxyContin is no longer being distributed in the Canadian market. The drug’s maker, Purdue Pharma, has created a newer formulation called OxyNEO, a tablet that they say is harder to crush and abuse.”
  • “Gambler addiction, suicide among Toronto casino concerns” 
    (Toronto Star)
    “The biggest boon to the gambling industry is the poor economy. So it’s no surprise that revenue-hungry governments like Ontario have increasingly relied on the slots to help bolster the budget. “It’s an economic decision. Gambling is huge business, and what they’re trying to do is not only capitalize upon (the) Toronto market, but also to try to capitalize upon tourists who may be coming in to the city,” said Jeffrey Derevensky, a problem gambling expert from McGill University. And as much as the new casino destined for the GTA was inevitable, so too is the backlash.”
  • “Small hospitals excluded from Ontario’s new funding formula”
    (Globe and Mail)
    “Hospitals in small towns and rural Ontario will continue to receive annual funding consisting of lump-sum payments, regardless of the number of patients they treat and the quality of care they provide. Health Minister Deb Matthews announced on Monday that the government is rolling out a new funding formula for the province’s hospitals, effective next month. But the new model, which is based on how many patients hospitals treat and the services they provide, will apply to just 91 of the province’s 152 hospitals. The government is excluding psychiatric institutions as well as 55 small hospitals – those that typically treat fewer than 2,700 patients a year – in recognition of the unique role they play within their communities.”
  • “Harper’s promise fulfilled as House passes crime bill” 
    (Globe and Mail)
    “After prematurely celebrating passage of their omnibus crime bill last week, the federal Conservatives have finally managed to push the controversial piece of legislation through Parliament. The final vote in the House of Commons on Monday means Prime Minister Stephen Harper has fulfilled his commitment to get the legislation passed within the first 100 days of this session.... The Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers says the bill does not take into consideration that fact that many of the people who are now filling Canada’s jails are suffering from a mental illness. The Assembly of First Nations says the bill will compound the existing over-representation of aboriginal people behind bars.”