FSIN Unhappy With Prescription Drug Tracking

Wednesday, February 02, 2005 at 14:36



The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations has a problem with the province’s decision to track prescription drugs given to status Indians.


Saskatchewan Health announced last week it would begin keeping track of that prescription information to help prevent fatal overdoses of prescription drugs.


The fact pharmacists and doctors had no way of knowing what prescription drugs had been given to First Nations people was one of the key findings in a coroner’s inquest into the 2000 death of Darcy Dean Ironchild in Saskatoon.


However, FSIN Vice Chief Morley Watson says the province’s decision to track this information was made with virtually no consultation with First Nations.


Watson says he expected more of the provincial government, especially considering how a lack of consultation with bands has impacted the province’s new smoking bylaw.