The non conformer's Canadian Weblog

September 27, 2011

Inadequate pain medication in Hospitals, etc.,

One of the hospital drugs in shortage today is even morphine.. Do you think when you are hospitalized with very severe pain that you next will continually get adequate pain killers? if you answered yes you are undeniably now very wrong.. and not even if you are dying of cancer.. and why is that?  In an ISMP survey of some 1,800 doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare practitioners, 80% said they’d had difficulty obtaining a suitable alternative for a drug that wasn’t available. About 150 drugs are currently in shortage, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, including sedatives, cancer drugs, and pain medications;

Canada itself is a third world, undeniably a backward country when it comes to dealing with severe pain in sick, dying persons even in hospitals cause due to the war on drugs abuse the necessary pain medications like morphine is still unavailable, falsely restricted.. meanwhile Canada has lost the war on drugs decades ago even due to it’s mostly pretentions police forces, RCMP included and the mafia, criminals have still now even become billionaires as a result.. Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver are part of Canada’s major bad drug import, export centers too.

Despite several border concerns that need to be addressed, the sheer length of the U.S.-Canadian border, at over 5,500 miles and containing vast zones of virtually nonexistent border demarcation, make it unlikely that any amount of funding can entirely address the border issue.Faced with the likely spread of Asian organized crime groups and given border porosity and immigration laws, for the foreseeable future Canada will continue to serve as an ideal transit point for crime groups to gain a foothold in the United States. Asian criminal groups, especially those from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, as well as terrorist groups, exploit Canada. A report in the Hong Kong Kuang Chiao Ching indicated that Chinese organized crime groups from these regions are increasingly using Canada as a base because of their ability to obtain legal residency in Canada relatively easily and then freely enter the United States. The Canadian Senate committee on national security, identified Canada’s ports as a breeding ground for organized crime and terrorism. In 1996, when the government began to disband the port police service, private security companies began assuming security responsibilities at Canadian ports. The senate committee reported that 36 percent of employees in charge of going over manifest lists for cargo containers at the port of Montreal, 39 percent of the dock workers at Halifax, and 54 percent of the dock workers at the Charlottetown port had criminal records. In addition, several ports do not have adequate identification requirements for employers nor do they have adequate security fencing. Organized crime groups reportedly exercise great control over Canadian ports and have been cited as major conduits for drug smuggling, the export and import of stolen automobiles, and the theft of cargo.The United States-Canada Border Drug Threat Assessment of December 2001 estimates that 95 percent of all heroin entering Canada originates in Southeast Asia. Chinese organized crime groups in Canada almost exclusively traffic heroin produced in Southeast Asia, primarily originating in parts of Burma, Laos, and Thailand, known as the “Golden Triangle” region.

Unlike traditional organized crime groups such as the Italian La Cosa Nostra, Asian organized crime groups, including both those groups that were established in Canada and those that originate abroad but have members operating in Canada, lack a set structure at the operational level even if a hierarchy exists at the organizational level.

Even Cancer is diagnosed in over 1 million Americans and Canadians each year, causing death in slightly more than half that number over the same period of time. This corresponds to twenty-three percent of all deaths nationally — close to 1,400 deaths per day. At the same time, it also leaves close to 8 million persons living at any one time to deal with either a previous history of cancer or with known residual disease. Worldwide, cancer incidence is somewhat lower, but it still constitutes approximately 10 percent of all deaths. Most people do not get proper pain medications here too. If someone is terminally ill with even cancer in Canada now and they mostly still will die in a lot of pain  the palliative care doctors and nurses generaly do not give them still the ample dose of morphine to reduce their pain or to make them go quietly.

The past too common abuse of medical pain killers by many persons has led to a restriction of pain killers access in Hospital, the abuse has even supposedly been caused by nurses or hospital staff selling the medication on the black-market, and now every time a nurse has to give a pain killer, which is always now under a lock and key, to a patient she has to first call the Head nurse to verify it, open the cabinet, next a busy head nurse really does not not time for any of this and the request will likley be neglected, and you will be in pain.

I had already witnessed this myself for months in hospitals, and in old age homes too. Don’t expect the mostly buck passing Canadian governments, health ministers to do anything good about this as well. Cause they do not feel any pain themselves.

..see also

.. what about getting now real medicare?

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