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health and safety

76 petitions

Started 6 days ago

Petition to Don Iveson

Reduce the deaths due to overdoses in Edmonton

After my experience as a teen, saving a man on the street from an apparent opioid overdose, I want to take action. Every day at least 2 Albertans die from an opioid overdose. I have devised a plan to reduce the deaths after my heartbreaking encounter. I would like your support on my objective. I have emailed the mayor, Don Iveson requesting to meet with him. My plan of action is to get Naloxone, also known as Narcan, on the streets in a similar way we have AED Defibrillators in buildings, which can save someone undergoing cardiac arrest. After some digging on the internet, I found BluePoint medical alert. If you're unfamiliar, it works in the same way a fire alarm is used. When pulled it will alert EMS of the location of a medical emergency (https://www.bluepointalert.com/medical-alert/ ). I plan to persuade the mayor to install these, along with Narcan (nasal spray) in a breakable glass box, similar to those when you pull fire alarms. Narcan nasal spray is an easy use device that contains no needles which will help prevent suspected misuse from addicts themselves, looking for needles. (https://www.narcannasalspray.ca/en The combination of Narcan nasal spray and BluePoint medical alert will be available to the public, as a way to save someone of a suspected overdose. Not only that but it will also alert the EMS in a case where you don't have a phone on you to call yourself. Available to the public, perhaps a passerby, but most importantly, including the homeless addicts themselves, afraid to get in trouble or unable to call for help. I believe we should have these medical emergency boxes in areas where we know drug use is most prevalent, especially with the rapid rise of fentanyl appearing on the streets. Perhaps you know someone, or were to close to someone who unfortunately had their life taken due to an accidental overdose. Wouldn't you have wanted a chance for someone, even a stranger, to save their lives? With this plan in action, now we can. Opioid overdoses affect all of us, even if it doesn't quite seem like it. Similar to a butterfly effect. It affects families dealing with addicts, children, and even passerbys, seeing someone overdosed on the street. Leaving emotional scarring and wreckage for them to deal with themselves. Overdoses are heartbreaking and the rapidly rising deaths are even more traumatic. Saving someone who is apparent to be overdosing and sending them to the hospital can not only can save a life, but gives them a second chance. To turn their life around for the better. Get help and get back to being who they once were before being absorbed into a life of addiction that they can't quite seem to push out of. Join me on my mission to install medical emergency boxes, on sides of buildings, easy to access for anyone. With these medical emergency boxes we can work together as a community to prevent deaths due to the rising opioid epidemic. Together we can help saves lives and give those affected, a second chance. https://globalnews.ca/news/4538480/edmonton-teenager-calls-for-overdose-education-after-life-or-death-situation/

Emily Devlin
469 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Marc Garneau, Bill Fraser, Honourable Denis Landry

Save innocent lives: Change car seat laws in Canada

March 21st 2013 will forever be engraved in my memory. It’s the day a reckless driver took the lives of two of my children, along with the life of my best friend, their aunt. Before this day, I thought I knew how to keep my child safe in the car. My beloved son was only 17 months old when his life was tragically taken in a head-on collision. His car seat was facing forward and he suffered internal spinal decapitation in the impact. My son is one of too many children who are severely injured and killed in motor vehicle collisions each year because they are not using the right seat in the right way. Some provincial and territorial laws state that children must be at least 1-year-old and 22 pounds to face forward in their car seat. This is wrong, because babies’ bones don’t solidify until after the age of 2 years old. A positive aspect of our legislation is that the law requires you to use your car seat properly, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Many car seats are now being made that state that you cannot use them forward facing until a minimum of 2 years old. This means that you must follow the labels on your seat to use the seat legally, but it’s hard to enforce and it isn’t standard across all seats. The laws are also inconsistent across provinces and territories in Canada. After having buried my two children, I hope my experience can help other families and prevent the senseless loss of more innocent lives. I visit my kids at a graveyard for their birthdays, and holidays -- thinking about how I can use my loss to create positive change so that other families will not have to suffer as ours has. Please join me in asking the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, to demand the implementation of immediate changes in all provinces and territories, to ensure laws are updated to require children to be at least 2 years old and 22 pounds before they can legally use a forward-facing car seats. Provincial authorities must also be held accountable to update these laws and ensure public awareness and support for families who need help to use their car seat safely. Getting this law changed would help families keep their kids safe. No mother should have to listen to their child take their last breath. Please sign and share this petition today to save innocent lives. Here’s an article about why rear facing until a minimum of 2 years old is far more important than meeting a "milestone". https://injury.research.chop.edu/blog/posts/new-evidence-supports-children-under-2-are-safest-riding-rear-facing?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ResearchInActionBlog+%28Research+in+Action+Blog%29#.Wiym-FBE3qD  More information on my story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/car-seats-alberta-car-accident-1.4763897 https://www.facebook.com/justice4HTC #childlossawareness #justiceforthemichaudfamilly #onevoiceonefight #carseatsafety

Eran Pelletier
18,505 supporters