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DRUGS IN THE WATER: A preview chapter from The Push to Prescribe: Women & Canadian Drug Policy

“A compelling book about one of the major societal problems of this decade: the over-consumption of prescription drugs. Much of the information is original and certainly not available elsewhere. Books such as this are much needed to educate and engage people in finding solutions to this problem. This book is extremely valuable.” — James M. Wright, Departments of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics, and Medicine, University of British Columbia

The Push to Prescribe: Women & Canadian Drug Policy, edited by Anne Rochon Ford and Diane Saibil, discusses the complexity surrounding women and pharmaceuticals and uses the best evidence to argue for changes that better reflect women’s needs in public health policy and that ensure those who are best suited to make these determinations are included in policy-making.

NNEWH is pleased to present a limited preview of Chapter 9, Full Circle: Drugs, the Environment and Our Health, written by Sharon Batt. From a public health perspective, this chapter looks at the trace amounts of pharmaceuticals and personal care products that have been detected in Canadian water, with particular attention to women’s relationship to this issue. Published by Women’s Press, this book is available at your local bookstore or can be ordered online at www.cspi.org. Please note that this chapter is for individual use only and distribution is prohibited.

New documentary – H2Oil

Thanks to Alberta’s Athabasca oil sands, Canada is now the biggest oil supplier to the United States. A controversial billion-dollar industry is heavily invested in extracting crude from the tarry sands through a process so toxic it has become an international cause for concern. Four barrels of glacier-fed spring water are used to process each barrel of oil, then are dumped, laden with carcinogens, into leaky tailings ponds so huge they can be seen from space. Downstream, the people of Fort Chipewyan are already paying the price for what will be one of the largest industrial projects in history. When a local doctor raises the alarm about clusters of rare cancers, evidence mounts for industry and government cover-ups. In a time when wars are fought over oil and a crisis looms over access to clean fresh water, which resource is more precious? And what price are we willing to pay?

Please visit http://www.h2oildoc.com for more information and viewing times.