Courier Press Thursday, November 26, 2015

The sounds of the season

Operation Warm Up


Winter woolies gifted to community

Food costs rise


It costs more to eat healthy

David Gough/Courier Press/ Carolers sing Christmas songs in front of Riverside Realty on James Street, during the Wallaceburg Downtown BIA holiday open house held on Nov. 19.

Health board endorses Fentanyl Patch 4 Patch program

Don Robinet Postmedia Network A voluntary program in Chatham-Kent that aims to reduce abuse and overdose of the painkiller Fentanyl is being viewed as such a success that the public health board will lobby the municipality to bring in a bylaw to make it mandatory. Currently, nearly 85 per cent of pharmacies in CK are following a voluntary protocol called Patch 4 Patch, under which patients can?t get their Fentanyl prescription refilled unless they turn in their old patches, said Janice Miller, cochair of the Chatham-Kent Drug Awareness Council and an addictions and mental health therapist with the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, who provided an overview of the program to the board at its Nov. 18 meeting. Patients are given a paper form on which they can stick their used Fentanyl patches and when they turn in the patches, they are given a refill on their prescription. But even though compliance is high, Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Colby said he would like to see the program become mandatory. ?I have investigated Fentanyl overdose deaths, and they are increasing,? he said. Colby said abuse of Fentanyl patches typically involves cutting them up and smoking them, and while he added that the protocol would not prevent all incidences of abuse, it would help. ?If uniformly applied, it?s very effective in cutting down the illicit trade,? said Colby. He added that he is not being judgmental about people with addictions, but he is looking at it from a public health framework.



Jingle Run

The Jingle All The Way 5km run is scheduled for Dec. 12. Start time for walking participants is 8:45 a.m. and runners start at 9 a.m. This is the fourth year for the run. It starts and finishes at the Kinsmen Community Centre. Registration is the day of the race. There is no cost, just a donation for the St. Vincent de Paul hamper program. Participants are encouraged to dress Christmasy.

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Tues-Friday 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Saturday 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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