Your hot weather advisory

Graeme Bacque (gbacque@idirect.com)
Mon, 20 Jul 1998 23:49:53 -0700


Graeme Bacque
319 Dundas St. E. #408
Toronto, Ontario
M5A 2A2 CANADA
V: (416) 368-3366 F: (416) 368-5984
Internet: <gbacque@idirect.com>
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To whom it may concern,

While your efforts to advise more vulnerable members of the community on
how best to cope with the heat and humidity is certainly commendable, I
feel the need to bring your attention to a serious oversight in your coverage.

Neuroleptic (antipsychotic) drugs are well known for the impact they have
on the body's ability to regulate it's own temperature, and have been
proven to be a major factor in deaths due to heatstroke - in fact, in the
summer of 1995 autopsies indicated these drugs may have played a role in up
to sixty per cent of the heat-related deaths of poor and homeless persons
which occurred in the U.S. during that summer. Repeatedly your hot weather
advisories have failed to advise persons with a psychiatric diagnosis of
this potentially lethal hazard associated with these drugs - this is
especially problematic as many persons are not given the option of refusing
these drugs.

Your failure to provide this essential medical information to psychiatric
survivors regarding the hazards of neuroleptic use in hot weather has to be
considered both prejudicial and irresponsible and I urge you to take
immediate corrective measures by ensuring this information is made
available  as a part of all future hot weather advisories.

Sincerely yours,

Graeme Bacque
Toronto, Ontario
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