Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prescription-Overdoses

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prescription-Overdoses

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VANCOUVER - A British Columbia woman whose two sons died of drug overdoses has fought to get all doctors to use a unique prescription-monitoring database that records medications dispensed in the province.

Helen Jennens' son Rian Leinweber (LINE'-weber) was hit by a pickup truck in 2008 and had multiple surgeries followed by three years on various prescription drugs.

He fatally overdosed in 2011, and Jennens requested his prescription records as detailed on PharmaNet, and found he had been prescribed such a wide range of medications including opioids.

Jennens filed a complaint about careless prescribing to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B-C following Rian's death and asked the college to make use of PharmaNet mandatory for all doctors so they can check what others have prescribed before writing prescriptions. …

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