#DrugAlert – October 22, 2021

**** NSHA Media Release #DrugAlert – October 22, 2021 NSHA has received a report from a community-based organization that an unknown substance is being sold as crack cocaine in the Windsor, NS area. It is suspected to contain methamphetamine. The drug is described as looking like “normal” crack cocaine. Please be mindful of the following […]

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Influenza Vaccine Now Available in Nova Scotia

**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release Influenza Vaccine Now Available in Nova Scotia —————————————————————————————————– The seasonal influenza vaccine will be available for free from most pharmacies, family doctors, family practice nurses and nurse practitioners across the province, starting Monday, October 25 . All Nova Scotians over six months old are highly encouraged to get a flu vaccine […]

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Drug Alert – NSHA has received a report from a community partner regarding a bad reaction (hallucinations and seizure) to pills which are believed to be Percocet in the Halifax area

**** NSHA Media Release #DrugAlert NSHA has received a report from a community partner regarding a bad reaction (hallucinations and seizure) to pills which are believed to be Percocet in the Halifax, NS area.   The drug is described as round white tablets marked with “TEC,” quite rough in appearance and look to be likely […]

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Nova Scotia Health resumes referrals for Medical Assistance in Dying​

**** NSHA Media Release Nova Scotia Health resumes referrals for Medical Assistance in Dying​ ​ Nova Scotia Health would like to share that we will be able to accept new Medical Assistance in Dying referrals as of Wednesday October 20, 2021. The organization had placed a temporary hold on referrals due to capacity issues but […]

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Drug Alert – NSHA has received a report from a community partner regarding a recent sample of Dilaudid 8 containing fentanyl in the Halifax area

**** NSHA Media Release #DrugAlert We have received a report from a community partner regarding a recent sample of Dilaudid 8 containing fentanyl in the Halifax, NS area. The drug is described as triangular/heart-shaped pills. Please be mindful of the following recommendations for harm reduction: • Don’t use alone, if possible. Keep a distance of […]

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Ombrelle Garnier Complete Dry Mist Spray sunscreen recalled due to elevated benzene levels

**** Recall via Health Canada Ombrelle Garnier Complete Dry Mist Spray sunscreen recalled due to elevated benzene levels Issue Ombrelle Canada is recalling all lots of Ombrelle Garnier Complete Dry Mist Spray sunscreen, SPF30 and SPF 60, due to elevated levels of benzene. Frequent and long-term exposure (e.g., through the skin and by inhalation) to […]

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Illegal Vape Products Seized in New Waterford

**** Service Nova Scotia Release Illegal Vape Products Seized in New Waterford ———————————————– More illegal vape products have been taken off the streets of Nova Scotia following an investigation by the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services’ compliance and special investigations unit. On October 6 in New Waterford, a 36-year-old man was apprehended […]

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Legislation to Protect Patients, Health-Service Providers, Staff of Healthcare Facilities

**** Justice Media Release Legislation to Protect Patients, Health-Service Providers, Staff of Healthcare Facilities —————————————————————- The Province is taking action to protect patients, health-service providers and staff of healthcare facilities from protests intended to interfere with Nova Scotians accessing hospital and other healthcare services. The Protecting Access to Health Services Act, introduced today, October 14, […]

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Public Health received a report from a community-based organization that a substance sold as crack cocaine tested positive for fentanyl in the Windsor

**** NSHA Media Release #DrugAlert: Public Health received a report from a community-based organization that a substance sold as crack cocaine tested positive for fentanyl in the Windsor, NS area. • Don’t use alone, if possible. Keep a distance of 2 meters and respect public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 if using […]

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