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Lake, McLeod call on Ottawa to do more on overdose crisis

Cathy McLeod looks back in time as she explains why she wants the federal government to take stronger action on the opioid crisis in...

Palliative-care rooms coming to Overlander facility in Kamloops

The two Kamloops MLAs spoke on Friday about a subject that is close to them as they announced funding for a quartet of palliative-care...

December a record month for OD deaths in B.C.; Kamloops had 40 such deaths...

Despite Victoria spending about $65 million to fight the overdose epidemic, December set a new monthly record in B.C., with 142 deaths recorded, eight...

Getting ready for the 2017/2018 influenza

This month, the Interior Health Authority has to place its order for the flu vaccine that will be used next fall and winter. It’s always...

IHA moving forward with mobile supervised drug-use sites

The Interior Health Authority is moving forward with its application for mobile supervised drug-use services in Kamloops and Kelowna. The authority announced Friday it will...

‘Incredible benefit’ to overdose-prevention sites, ASK Wellness says

There’s been an “incredible benefit” to last month’s creation of overdose-prevention sites in Kamloops, said Bob Hughes, something that goes beyond ensuring drug users...

Plan for safe-consumption sites set to take next step this month

Safe-consumption drug sites will move a step closer to creation in Kamloops this month as agencies and other organizations prepare to meet with Interior...

Numbers of abandoned prosecutions rise amid overdose crisis

B.C.’s overdose crisis appears to be making an impact in the province’s courthouses — including Kamloops — with numbers of prosecutions abandoned due to...

Money pouring in for Kamloops woman who was suddenly hospitalized

A crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a local woman who on New Year’s Eve was suddenly hospitalized has gained overwhelming support. The campaign...

North Shore health clinic to open in March

A new primary-care health centre on the North Shore is expected to open on March 2. The clinic at 370 Tranquille Rd. is now...

Boys to receive human papillomavirus vaccination

In September, the province will begin providing the human papillomavirus vaccination to boys through the publicly funded immunization program. Health Minister Terry Lake said the...

Flu bug taking hold in Kamloops

As flu season reaches its annual peak time, the Interior Health Authority has linked 18 care-home deaths to influenza outbreaks — 11 of those...

Immersed in the big business of health care

With a budget of more than $2 billion and roughly 20,000 employees doing the work, sitting on the board of directors for Interior Health...

More than 300 vaccinated after Hep A scare at Clearwater restaurant

At least 360 people have been immunized in response to an alert issued by the Interior Health Authority after an employee at the Dairy...

Did you eat at DQ in Clearwater? You may need a vaccine

Interior Health officials have issued an alert after an employee at the Dairy Queen restaurant in Clearwater was diagnosed with hepatitis A. In a news...

Health Minister on the ‘desperate fight against a public health crisis’

Health Minister Terry Lake and Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake has posted on his Facebook page his thoughts on the overdose crisis gripping the...

Social workers prepare for Welfare Wednesday madness as overdose crisis shows no sign of...

Research shows there’s a surge in illicit-drug overdoses starting on what is known as Welfare Wednesday — which arrives in Wednesday, Dec. 21 —...

November overdose-death numbers unprecedented; 128 in B.C.

The month of November brought the highest number of overdose drug deaths in B.C. for a single month in recent memory, according to the...

Doctor: Overdose-prevention work needs to be a part of rehab process

Dr. Ian Mitchell believes the two new overdose-prevention initiatives in Kamloops will not be a success if that is all they accomplish — preventing...

Kamloops tops the province in overdose deaths per capita

Kamloops has recorded 31 overdose deaths this year. When the math is done to determine the per capita overdose death rate, the city is at...