January 25, 2020

Review Category : PNN Daily News


** Edible cannabis in Winnipeg, Manitoba prompting jump in EMS help hails


** Emergency help hails by patients consuming cannabis edibles in Winnipeg, Manitoba doubled in 2019 over the previous year. CTV News (Danton Unger/January 15) said paramedics recorded 42 such calls in 2019 over only 23 the year before. According to the news site, 2020 has seen two cannabis related calls so far. A city spokesman said the reason for the spike is not clear, but could be due to increased disclosure since marijuana is now legal. Commercial cannabis edibles, meanwhile, have been available in stores since December of last year.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

** Wisconsin paramedic facing May trial for allegedly sexually assaulting female patient


** A Wisconsin paramedic from Madison will face trial May 11th for allegedly sexually assaulting a female emergency patient. WKOW (Tony Galli/January 14) said Timothy Ovadal, 37, has been tagged with second-degree sexual assault of an emergency patient and fourth-degree sexual assault. According to the news site, Ovadal indecently touched the woman on May 8, 2019 while she was laying strapped to a stretcher. Although Ovadal has denied the charge, court records show DNA taken from the scene backs the woman’s claims. The EMS unit was traveling between Janesville and Stoughton Hospital at the time.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

** Australian medics working in the UK raise money for bushfire relief


** Australian paramedics working for the London Ambulance Service (LAS) have spearheaded a campaign to raise 7,000 pounds to aid in bushfire relief in their home country. The BBC (January 12) said the funds will be forwarded to the Australian Red Cross which has volunteers working in ravaged communities. According to the news site, nearly 25 % of LAS staff hail from down under due to a recruitment campaign targeting the country in recent years. To date, 27 people have died in the fires in Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia. Some 2,000 homes and 640,000 hectares of land have been destroyed.

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