Health

Illicit drug death numbers continue to rise

Provisional data shows that a total of 120 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of March. — Submitted photo

The number of illicit drug deaths in March remained high, with the third-highest number ever for a single month said the BC Coroners Service in a media release.

BC Coroners Service said provisional data shows that a total of 120 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of March, an average of almost four deaths (3.9) per day for the month. In contrast, there were 79 illicit drug-related deaths in March 2016.

BC quietly grants Mount Polley permit to pipe mine waste directly into Quesnel Lake

BC quietly grants Mount Polley permit to pipe mine waste directly into Quesnel Lake

This article is from DeSmog Canada, written by Carol Linnit.

The B.C. Ministry of Environment has quietly granted the Mount Polley Mining Corporation permission to drain mining waste directly into Quesnel Lake, B.C.’s deepest fjord lake and a source of drinking water for residents of Likely, B.C., as part of a “long-term water management plan.”

Daffodil Dash! April 30, At Gyro Park in Trail

The Daffodil Dash raises awareness and funds for research and support services.

Ian McAlpine should make a T-shirt that reads “Keep Strong and Carry On.”

That’s been the Montrose man’s slogan since he was diagnosed with lung cancer in the summer of 2013. Thanks to a clinical trial for a drug called Tagrisso his health has stabilized, and he’s getting back to having an active lifestyle.

How to Celebrate Earth Day in Rossland

Poster by Sarah Flood.  Apologies for the cropping; there's a "Compost Crawl" too!

Come celebrate Earth Day in Rossland! The public is invited to participate in free, family oriented activities organized by local community groups and co-ordinated by the Sustainability Commission. Earth Day Celebrations on Saturday, April 22nd will once again feature the annual Rossland Real Food Chicken and Compost Crawl, the first outdoor Rossland Mountain Market of the season, the SPCA bottle drive, and the RDKB’s Trash to Treasure Day.  

Interior Health announces some Kootenay Boundary radiology results under review

Interior Health announces some Kootenay Boundary radiology results under review

Interior Health issued a media release Tuesday that the authority is initiating a review of diagnostic imaging reports from a radiologist who worked as a locum in the Kootenay Boundary area.

The review is for diagnostic imaging reports during the time periods:

Private well users encouraged to protect drinking water

Better safe than sorry says Interior Health.

With the annual spring melt underway, Interior Health is advising all homeowners with private wells to take appropriate steps to safeguard their drinking water.
 
When spring runoff flows into a well and mixes with the source water, there is significant risk of bacterial contamination.
 
Homeowners should:

Five tips on coping with change from Canadian Mental Health Association

Five tips on coping with change from Canadian Mental Health Association

It seems there is a lot more uncertainty in the world today: government leaders around the globe divide opinions, concerns of terrorism are on the rise, and bigger policy changes are happening in many Western countries. It’s on the news, across social media platforms, in conversations with family, friends, and co-workers.

Local Hospice Society helping with those difficult questions

Local Hospice Society helping with those difficult questions

You don't have to be old to think about these things.  We never know what might happen;  one of us might live to be 104 with, as we say, all of our marbles intact; another might be involved in a traffic crash and suffer permanent brain damage at the age of -- well, at any age.  Many of us know someone who has suffered that sort of misfortune. What would you want your nearest and dearest to decide on your behalf if you were no longer able to express your wishes for yourself?

COLUMN: Is your digestion in the toilet?

Dr. Brenda Gill.  Photo by Larry Doell

I’ll bet you didn’t know this is IBS month -- Irritable Bowel Awareness Month. One of the most common problems, but, one of the most difficult to talk about for people is digestive difficulty. Whether it is abdominal pain, cramps, nausea, gas, bloating, feeling congested or alternating constipation and diarrhea, with pain, mucous, blood, flatulence, unusually thin stools, large stools, hard stools, pellet-like stools, you name it, we deal with them all!

Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital benefits from funding announcement

Health Minister Terry Lake and Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson were in Trail last week to announce a new emergency department that will enhance patient care at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. — Submitted photo

Some of the money the sitting Liberal government has been handing out around the province prior to the upcoming election fell into the Kootenay West riding last week as Health Minister Terry Lake announced a new emergency department that will enhance patient care at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail.

This new project follows recently concluded improvements worth $1.77 million to the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).

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