Health

MLA Joe Hargrave (Sask.Party, P.A. Carlton) says the recent health funding deal with the federal government was a compromise needed to move the province forward.
MLA Joe Hargrave (Sask.Party, P.A. Carlton) says the recent health funding deal with the federal government was a compromise needed to move the province forward. file photo/paNOW Staff

P.A. MLA sees health deal as a compromise

By Jeff Labine
January 18, 2017 - 5:00pm Updated: January 19, 2017 - 7:32am

Saskatchewan and the federal government have come to terms on a health-funding agreement but it wasn’t the deal the province wanted, says one of Prince Albert's MLAs.

W-18 is a dangerous chemical used to cut fentanyl, which can then be hidden in fake oxycodone pills as pictured above.
W-18 is a dangerous chemical used to cut fentanyl, which can then be hidden in fake oxycodone pills as pictured above. submitted photo/Saskatoon Police Services

Deadly new drug W-18 edging closer to Saskatoon

By Chris Vandenbreekel/CKOM News Staff
January 18, 2017 - 1:54pm

A drug considered to be 100 times more powerful than fentanyl is making its way to Saskatoon.

Saskatchewan RCMP say test results on pills seized in a bust last spring near Kerrobert came back this week, confirming the presence of W-18.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall shake hands following the agreement on Jan. 17.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall shake hands following the agreement on Jan. 17. The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan, Ottawa reach health-funding deal

By Sarah Mills/CJME News Staff
January 18, 2017 - 1:01pm

The province and federal government have reached an agreement on health transfers.

It comes after negotiations stalled last month between the health ministers who were looking for as much as a 5.2 per cent increase over three years.

Fentanyl. W-18 is a opioid cutting agent, 10,000 times stronger than morphine.
Fentanyl. W-18 is a opioid cutting agent, 10,000 times stronger than morphine. The Canadian Press

Kindersley Police find lethal substance in counterfeit drugs

By BattlefordsNOW Staff
January 17, 2017 - 6:39am

A drug 10,000 times stronger than morphine was found in three counterfeit oxycodone tablets seized by Kindersley RCMP back in April 2016.

Police were advised of the presence of W-18 by the Health Canada Drug Analysis Centre on Jan. 13.

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