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2014-09-02 at 16:23

New health centre opens on city’s southside

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By tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY - A new health centre in the downtown southcore opened its doors Tuesday. 

The Joseph Esquega Health Centre has three physicians offering primary care, but it also specializes in addiction treatment.

The centre on East Donald Street has been in the works for some time. The doctors and staff who run it have identified a need in the surrounding community. 

It was recently reported that opioid related death and addiction in Thunder Bay is on the rise.  The centre's Medical Directer, Dr. Cheryl Everall says they are bringing in specialized doctors to better understand the issues that face the area, and they'll be running programs to best address the needs of the community. 

She says they chose this location for specific reasons.

Everall says they plan to identify the specific needs in the community, who the affected people are, and how they can best be helped.

(TBT News)


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YellowSnow13 says:
I had just read somewhere that the 2 US states that legalized pot have had a huge reduction in opioid deaths. Maybe that is something to look into?
9/2/2014 7:28:55 PM
ranma says:
If more doctors would give people their green cards, for marijuana, these deaths and addictions would not be happening.

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/states-allowing-medical-marijuana-opioid-death-rates-study-article-1.1917247

The 13 states allowing medical marijuana from 1999 to 2010 showed fewer overdoses and deaths from Vicodin, OxyContin and other similar drugs.

Honestly, what's the worst thing someone who is high on marijuana going to do..rob you for a sandwich? No seriously. It works as a pain killer, cancer suppressant, muscle relaxer, et al, and the users do not have the violence the opioid users do.

No it's not a "magic pill", but the studies are proving what users have said for quite some time. It is time for more doctors to prescribe it to patients, instead of the pills.
9/2/2014 10:38:35 PM
ring of fire dude says:
Yes ranma , the thing is the demographics here are different and the Doctors in the U.S.A. are not paid out of Govt budgets but by very expensive health insurance plans that their population cannot afford . Do you want US style of healthcare where the citizens can only afford weed from a street dealer or a Canadian (albeit underfunded)healthcare system that takes any Canadian regardless of who they are .
9/3/2014 1:10:41 AM
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