David Carmichael, Executive Director of Canadians for Vanessa’s Law, will be launching a cross-Canada tour in Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 7, 2022, which will end on November 6, 2022 (Know Your Drugs Day) in Victoria, British Columbia.

During the tour, Canadians will be encouraged to participate in public discussions about prescription drug safety. Before each discussion, David will be delivering the 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 how to use readily available sources 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 report suspected adverse drug reactions to Health Canada.


The cross-Canada tour will take place in three stages:

  1. Eastern Canada (April 2022) – Nova Scotia, Newfoundland-Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick
  2. Central Canada (May to August 2022) – Quebec and Ontario
  3. Western Canada (September to November 2022) – Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia

Contact us if you would like to have a public discussion in your community. When a public discussion is confirmed, a one-page announcement will be posted with the date, time and location.

Stage 1: Eastern Canada

Halifax, Nova Scotia – April 7, 2022, 7-8pm, Halifax Central Library
St. John’s, Newfoundland
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Moncton, New Brunswick
Fredericton, New Brunswick

Stage 2: Central Canada

Stage 3: Western Canada