Nalox­one free in Que­bec

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS - — The Cana­dian Press

MON­TREAL — A drug used to tem­po­rar­ily re­verse the ef­fect of fen­tanyl over­doses will be of­fered free of charge in Que­bec phar­ma­cies.

The prov­ince will fol­low the ex­am­ple of On­tario, Bri­tish Columbia, Al­berta, Nova Sco­tia and Prince Edward Is­land in of­fer­ing the life-sav­ing nalox­one with­out peo­ple re­quir­ing a pre­scrip­tion.

It’s an at­tempt to stem a full-blown prob­lem as the num­ber of cases rises in Que­bec — with another pos­si­ble two oc­cur­ring Wed­nes­day night.

Ear­lier in the day, Pub­lic Health Min­is­ter Lu­cie Charlebois and Health Min­is­ter Gae­tan Bar­rette an­nounced that nalox­one would be made widely avail­able.

WASH­ING­TON — The United States is seek­ing to in­sert a so-called sun­set clause into a new NAFTA, a con­tro­ver­sial pro­posal that would au­to­mat­i­cally ter­mi­nate the agree­ment af­ter five years un­less all three mem­ber coun­tries agree to ex­tend it.

That idea has been qui­etly floated for months by U.S. of­fi­cials who fi­nally made it pub­lic Thurs­day. It prompted swift re­sis­tance. Cana­dian and Mex­i­can of­fi­cials brushed it off al­most as soon as it was pub­licly re­vealed, call­ing it a bad idea that would cre­ate eco­nomic in­sta­bil­ity and scare busi­nesses away from long-term in­vest­ments.

The pri­or­ity was an­nounced by Don­ald Trump’s com­merce sec­re­tary, Wil­bur Ross.

He con­firmed the U.S. will seek some au­to­mat­icter­mi­na­tion

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