Which drugs should be available for people nearing the end-of-life and suffering pain? What are the limits of appropriate opioid use in modern medicine and within society? The story of heroin in palliative care during the 1980s remains largely untold, and it’s one thoroughly infused with politics, social values and cultural norms of the time. […]Read more "Heroin in the hospice: opioids and end-of-life discussions in the 1980s"
Today I write for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and Regina Leader-Post. The story of cancer patient Ric Richardson, a Métis man from Green Lake, challenges us to think about patient autonomy, medical traditions and Saskatchewan health care. Just as crucial, his story forces us to reconsider the use and acceptance of traditional Aboriginal knowledge — not […]Read more "Cancer controversies and traditional medicines"
Some doctors are struggling with allowing Canadians to die on their own terms. via Immoral or Merciful? Canadian Doctors Divided on Medically Assisted Death — Longreads Here I share a powerful article by Krista Stevens.Read more "Immoral or Merciful? Canadian Doctors Divided on Medically Assisted Death — Longreads"
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) told us today that there’s been a rise in Fentanyl-related deaths in Saskatchewan. No doubt, this is a major issue. But I also wanted to contextualize this story with some information about booze. * According to the information collected by the Office of the Chief Coroner, there have been 41 […]Read more "Fentanyl vs. Alcohol"