David Carmichael, Executive Director of Canadians for Vanessa’s Law, will be launching a cross-Canada tour in Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 19, 2022, which will end in Victoria, British Columbia. His personal tragedy, which he will talk about on the tour to help prevent other family tragedies, provided the basis for the CTV W5 episode The Problem with Pills, which aired on October 9, 2021.
The major purpose of the tour is to help “Canadians make informed choices about prescription drug use by educating them about Vanessa’s Law and prescription drug safety,” which is the mission of Canadians for Vanessa’s Law.
During the tour, Canadians will be encouraged to participate in one-hour public discussions about prescription drug safety. Before each discussion begins, David will be delivering the 20 minute presentation Preventing Another Opioid Crisis.
Purpose of Public Discussions
The public discussions will help Canadians make informed choices about prescription drug use. Many older adults, for example, are on multiple medications to deal with multiple health conditions, often prescribed by multiple doctors or medical specialists. This type of polypharmacy is often not in the best interest of consumers. Clinical trials are not designed to test how multiple medications interact, which often leads to serious physical and mental adverse reactions such as falling, delirium, or even psychosis, which are just a few examples of the potentially deadly and debilitating side effects of prescription drugs.
By the end of each discussion, participants will have a good understanding of why they should not “blindly trust” doctors, and how to research the side effects of prescription drugs to help them make informed choices about use, and to determine if some of the health issues they are experiencing might be caused by drug side effects or drug interactions. In addition, participants will learn why it is so important for consumers (parents, guardians or caregivers) to question doctors and to report suspected adverse drug reactions to Health Canada.
The tour will take place in two stages:
- Eastern-Central Canada (April/May 2022)
- Central-Western Canada (TBD, 2022)
When a location for a public discussion is confirmed, a one-page announcement will be posted with the date, time and location.
Stage 1: Eastern-Central Canada
Halifax, Nova Scotia – Tuesday April 19, 4-5pm, Halifax Central Library
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – Thursday April 21, 4-5pm, Holman Grand Hotel
Fredericton, New Brunswick – Tuesday April 26, 3:30-4:30pm, Fredericton Public Library
Ottawa, Ontario – Thursday May 5, 4-5pm, Elmvale Acres Library
Toronto, Ontario – Thursday May 12, 4-5pm, Carrot Common
London, Ontario – Tuesday May 17, 4-5pm, London Central Library
Windsor, Ontario – Thursday May 19, 4-5pm, Canterbury College
Stage 2: Central-Western Canada
Calgary, Alberta – June 14
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Kamloops, British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
Victoria, British Columbia