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The growing number of overdoses and deaths caused by opoids is a nationial public health crisis. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act is part of the Government's comprehensive approach to addressing the crisis. It will encourage Canadians to save a life during an overdose situation.

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides some legal protection for individuals who seek emergency help during an overdose. The act became law on May 4th, 2017. It complements the new Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy, a comprehensive public health approach to substance use. Harm reduction is a key part of the strategy alongside prevention, treatment, and enforcement. The act also supports the Federal Action on Opioids and the Joint Statement of Action to address the opioids crisis and prevent further overdose deaths. The act will help to reduce fear of police attending overdose events and also encourage people to help save a life.

This Act provides some legal protection for people who experience or witness an overdose and then call 9-1-1 for help. The Act also applies to anyone seeking emergency support during an overdose and includes the person experiencing an overdose. It protects those who either stay or leave from the overdose scene before help arrives. Staying at the scene is important to save the life of the person experiencing an overdose. Wit-nesses should:

1) call for emergency help
2) be prepared by carrying naloxone to use if an opioid overdose is suspected
3) provide first aid including rescue breathing (CPR)
4) stay calm and reassure the person that help is on the way

This Act does not provide legal protection against more serious offences such as:

1) outstanding warrants
2) production and trafficking of controlled substances
3) all other crimes not outlined within the Act

For more information see:
About opioids
Substance abuse
Prescription drug abuse


The Canada 150 Red Couch Tour organized by ELPIO Production was launched on June 13, 2017 at the Canadian Museum of Nature. For this Canada 150 signature project, ELPIO Production will travel across the country with a Red Couch, inviting Canadians to take a seat and share their stories while the cameras are rolling. At the end of the tour, the organizers will produce a video compilation of the stories and as well a digital photo mosaic of the people they met on the journey.

The Government of Canada is funding the tour through the Canada 150 Fund. Through this fund the Govern-ment supports local, regional and national activities designed to give Canadians across the country an oppor-tunity to join in the Canada 150 celebrations.

Everyone has a great story to tell, so join in when the Red Couch arrives in your area.

Specific locations, dates and times can be found in the associated links below:

Canada 150
ELPIO Production

What is Vibration Therapy?

(taken from an article written by Summer Famous)

Vibration therapy aims to prevent bone loss by transmitting vibrations directly through the body. The vibra-tions cause your muscles to contract and relax. They can stimulate the production of osteoblasts which are cells that produce bone. There are two main types of vibration therapy: whole-body and localized.

How does Vibration Therapy work?

During the whole-body vibration therapy your therapist will ask you to stand, sit or lay on a machine support-ed by a vibrating platform. They may also ask you to stand in a half-squat position with your knees bent.
During localized vibration therapy the therapist will place a hand-held vibrating device on certain parts of your body.

Advocates claim vibration therapy has a range of health benefits such as:

 increases muscle mass
 improves circulation
 reduces joint and back pain
 alleviates stress
 boosts metabolism

Bone Density and Muscle Strength

Vibration therapy can help improve leg muscle strength but there is no significant evidence that it improves bone density in older adults. According to research published in the ‘Journal of Athletic Training’ whole-body vibration therapy may help prevent muscle soreness after exercise. A study reported in ‘Neuro Rehabilitation’ suggests that it may have short term benefits for people with Parkinson’s disease. Vibration therapy may help decrease muscle tremors and rigidity. More research is needed to assess the long term effects of its potential benefits including whether or not it can increase bone density.

Talk to your doctor before trying vibration therapy regarding benefits or risks. They may advise avoiding it if you:

 are taking blood thinning medication
 have advanced diabetes
 have heart disease

Canadians use non-prescription drug products to treat a wide range of concerns such as fevers, wounds, head-aches or joint pain. Clear, understandable labels on non-prescription drug products are important to help consumers make informed decisions.

As of June 13, 2017 the Plain Language Regulations came into force for non-prescription drug products. The regulations provide:

1) a clear, understandable and in plain language label
2) a standardized table format for outer labels to help users find and understand important information
3) mandatory contact information so users can report problems and adverse drug reactions
4) requirement for manufactures to provide mock-ups of labels for review by Health Canada
5) manufactures must provide evidence that drug product names will not be confused with brand names that Health Canada has previously authorized

By June 30, 2021 labels and packaging of all non-prescription drug products on the market will reflect the new requirements.

Plain Language Labelling Regulations are already in place for prescription medications and drug products administered or obtained through a health professional. Further information can be requested by contacting:

Health Canada Media Relations (613) 957-2983


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