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The City of Edmonton recently passed Bylaw 19166, regulating the Electronic Dance Music events in the City.
Why it matters? Edmonton is one of the first jurisdictions to create bylaws regulating EDMs (for example, requiring a medical plan and chill zone as mandatory conditions). Other cities will likely monitor the development, and may decide to implement similar bylaws in their home jurisdiction.
[UK] Revealed: how drugs giants can access your health records
“Truly anonymous data – utterly incapable of being traced back to an individual – is very hard to achieve, given that there is so much information about us in the public domain and held by companies such as Facebook and Google … In fact, it’s almost impossible for record-level data (where each line of the dataset corresponds to an individual) to be made truly anonymous.”
Why it matters? This is the perfect example (and followup) to our social media/privacy links in our February edition of the media scan. Breadcrumbs across different profiles/platforms may be enough to give a determined person enough to piece together the information beyond what may be intended.
[British Columbia Medical Journal] Drug-induced psychosis and neurological effects following nitrous oxide misuse: A case report
Coronavirus – COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2
The novel coronavirus has been dominating headlines across the globe for the last few months. You might be wondering how does that relate to event medicine? Beyond the obvious as COVID-19 becomes a global health matter, many countries have or are considering the cancellation of mass gathering events to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2. This could have an impact to the traditionally busy Summer music festival scene across the Northern Hemisphere.
The World Health Organization has created 3 separate and free online courses for those wanting to learn more about COVID-19. Once you have an openWHO account, you can enroll in any or all of the courses below. You will also find additional courses on communicable diseases that you may find interesting.
Harm reduction remains a difficult topic to raise with some audiences and stakeholders. The two articles below discussed the issue of stigma and/or willfully turning a blind-eye to substance abuse issues – in two completely unrelated populations. Firstly, we have the century old question of how to heal the healers within the health profession. The second article looks into the e-sporting population and how performance enhancing drugs have, in some instances, become blasé.
Medical community struggles with own opioid dilemma: How to heal the healers?
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