If COVID cooperates, David Carmichael, Executive Director of Canadians for Vanessa’s Law, will be starting a 2021 cross-Canada tour in Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 8, which will end in Victoria, British Columbia on November 6 (Know Your Drugs Day).

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 Know Your Drugs public discussions about prescription drug safety will help Canadians recognize that over the last few decades, the pharmaceutical industry, which has been penalized more than any other industry in the United States for fraud and other criminal activities, has turned what was once a healthcare system into a sickness care system. The industry wants people on drugs for life. 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 and 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 all Canadians to report suspected adverse drug reactions to Health Canada.

Get Involved

Contact us if you might be interested in helping organize a public discussion in one of these 35 cities. After we confirm the date, time and location of a discussion (assuming COVID cooperates), there will be a link to a one-page event announcement that can be shared online and offline:

  1. Halifax, Nova Scotia – July 8, 7-8:30pm, The Lord Nelson Hotel
  2. St. John’s, Newfoundland
  3. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  4. Moncton, New Brunswick
  5. Fredericton, New Brunswick
  6. Quebec City, Quebec
  7. Montreal, Quebec – July 27, 6-7pm, Bibliothèque de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
  8. Ottawa, Ontario
  9. Kingston, Ontario
  10. Pickering, Ontario
  11. Toronto, Ontario – August 8, 2-3:30pm, Carrot Common
  12. Vaughan, Ontario
  13. Oakville, Ontario – August 12, 6-7:30pm, Glen Abbey Library
  14. Hamilton, Ontario
  15. St. Catharines, Ontario
  16. Windsor, Ontario
  17. London, Ontario
  18. Kitchener, Ontario
  19. Guelph, Ontario
  20. Newmarket, Ontario
  21. Barrie, Ontario
  22. Sudbury, Ontario
  23. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  24. Thunder Bay, Ontario
  25. Winnipeg, Manitoba
  26. Regina, Saskatchewan
  27. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  28. Edmonton, Alberta – October 19, 6-7pm, Sprucewood Library
  29. Calgary, Alberta
  30. Lethbridge, Alberta
  31. Kelowna, British Columbia
  32. Kamloops, British Columbia
  33. Vancouver, British Columbia
  34. Nanaimo, British Columbia – November 4, 6-7pm, Nanaimo North Library
  35. Victoria, British Columbia