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Hi, we are Pursuit Physiotherapy in Red Deer.  We promote balanced, healthy living through dedicated, individualized physical therapy for those in pain, unable to participate fully in their daily activities, wanting to maximize their function for work or sport, and wanting to prevent potential problems.

If it is affecting your quality of life, then we want to help you to optimize your function and minimize your pain.

At Pursuit Physiotherapy, we give our clients the tools necessary to optimize function and return to their best life as efficiently as possible. We assist those who want a point in the right direction as well as those who need intensive regular treatment. We want to empower you to take control over your health.

Our clinic is designed to help you achieve your health goals. Our team works towards your success and recovery.
We focus on our clients ability to function in their day to day lives.

Physiotherapists are part of the medical team and are trained to diagnose your problem and provide you with the tools to get you on your way. We do this through assessing and explaining your pain or dysfunction and treating it appropriately to help you achieve your outcome goal. We are dedicated to a friendly, compassionate, and safe environment.

The combination of therapists and support staff at Pursuit Physiotherapy work together to provide skilled and compassionate care. We have some similar skill sets and personality traits and some very different ones but together we feel we can offer our clients exceptional physiotherapy.  We take the time that is necessary to fully assess an injury and give you options on how to best deal with the problem.

We believe that a high level of skill through post graduate courses and clinical experience allow us to provide first class physiotherapy services.

Quality Care, Quality Life

We believe that together we can be a strong force in improving your quality of life to pursue your goals.

Your goal may be as simple–or complicated–as reaching the top shelf of your kitchen cupboards in spite of your aching shoulder, or as complex as learning to walk again after a serious motor vehicle accident (MVA).

Your problem may be greatly limiting and preventing you from performing your work, daily home tasks, or recreational activities. Or, your problem may be just annoyance … for now!

Multiple Treatment Options

Whether an acute orthopaedic injury or a chronic pain that has been going on for years, our therapists are dedicated to providing skilled and appropriate treatment to help you recover. We want to take it a step further and educate you to help you prevent future flare ups and promote improved overall health.

At Pursuit Physiotherapy, we encourage our therapists to continue their education beyond their university years in post graduate course work. This allows us to offer you treatments with advanced skill in manual therapy (mobilization/manipulation), muscle release / myofascial techniques, intramuscular stimulation IMS (dry needling), and current information from the health world.

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Advocacy group says Toronto overdose deaths highlight need for prevention sites



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TORONTO — A string of overdose deaths in a pocket of Canada’s most populous city highlights the urgent need for new overdose prevention sites, an advocacy group said Wednesday, calling on Ontario to reverse a decision to pause the opening of such facilities.

The Toronto Overdose Prevention Society said a public safety alert from police about seven deaths believed linked to opioid use over 12 days shows that overdose prevention services should be expanding.

“This safety warning underlines why (overdose prevention sites) are so necessary, and why ‘pausing’ them in the middle of a public health crisis is so wrongheaded,” it said. “The evidence of the need for these sites is clear.”

Premier Doug Ford called overdose deaths a tragedy and agreed Wednesday that the province is facing a “crisis.” Ontario is reaching out to experts to get their input on overdose prevention sites, he said, adding that the government’s goal is to save lives, get people off drugs and into rehab.

“This is a major, major crisis,” he said. “It’s all hands on deck. It’s not just the government. It’s the police. It’s the agencies. It’s the experts. We all have to work together.”

Health Minister Christine Elliott said Monday that three sites set to open in Thunder Bay, Ont., St. Catharines, Ont., and Toronto were being put on hold as the government conducts a review to determine if such facilities will continue to operate in the province. A decision on the sites will be made by the end of September, she said.

One of the new prevention sites that did not open as scheduled on Monday due to the province’s decision was set to be located in Toronto’s 14 Division, where the seven fatal overdoses took place — though police note there is already one such facility operating in the area. 

Investigators said the deaths were likely linked to the opioids fentanyl and carfentanil — synthetic painkillers far more potent than heroin.

Supt. Neil Corrigan, unit commander for 14 Division, said officers have ramped up public outreach following the deaths, which he said were unusual but not unprecedented.

“One (death) is obviously too many,” he said. “Seven is certainly something for us to be significantly concerned about.”

He said his division, which is located just west of the city’s downtown core, doesn’t necessarily have more of a drug problem than other areas but is certainly frequented by recreational drug users and people with addictions.

A spokeswoman for Toronto Public Health said that on average, Toronto Paramedics Services responded to three fatal suspected opioid overdoses per week on average over the past year — or roughly five overdoses in a 12-day period.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said overdose prevention sites are one of the ways “all three governments” are working on addressing the opioid epidemic.

“Until we decide as a country and as a province and as a city that we’re going to come to grips with the problem of mental health and addictions … we are going to continue to see this kind of thing happen,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

Overdose prevention sites are approved by the province and are temporary facilities set up to address an immediate need in a community, while safe injection sites are more permanent locations approved by the federal government after a more extensive application process.

Statistics Canada data shows that in the first six months of 2017, there were 1,460 opioid-related deaths in the country and that count is expected to rise as data becomes available.

Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press

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Police chiefs call for stricter controls on pill presses to fight opioids



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OTTAWA — Canada’s police chiefs are urging Ottawa to beef up its fight against the scourge of opioids by more closely vetting people who import pill presses.

In a resolution passed at its annual conference in Halifax, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police said the federal government did not go far enough when it introduced changes that made it illegal to import unregistered presses.

The chiefs say the illicit use of presses has helped increase the supply of street drugs containing synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, contributing to a crisis of overdose deaths.

According to figures published in June, there were 3,987 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada in 2017, the vast majority of which were unintentional. Almost-three quarters of accidental opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl or fentanyl analogues, compared to 55 per cent the previous year.

Police raids of drug labs have shown that presses, encapsulators, stamps and dyes are widely used in producing counterfeit pills.

“In our efforts to disrupt this illegal market we were frustrated with the ease at which these devices could be purchased and imported,” the chiefs said in a background document made public Tuesday.

“Several investigations have revealed the significant amount of pills that could be produced for street distribution with these industrial pill presses.”

Changes to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act last year introduced a registration requirement to import pill presses. But the chiefs say tightening these provisions further would help police.

“Counterfeit pills containing fentanyl and its analogues continue to make their way to the illicit drug markets across Canada,” says the background document.

The new resolution calls for comprehensive scrutiny of people and businesses importing pill presses and encapsulators, including a requirement to spell out the equipment’s intended use. In addition, the chiefs want controls over domestic sales of imported presses.

Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, said Tuesday the federal department values the chiefs’ input and “will listen carefully to their views as we continue our work to keep Canadians safe.”

He noted that importers are already required to register the address where a pill press will be used, and that information can be disclosed to police as part of an investigation.

British Columbia, which has been hard hit by opioid overdoses, introduced legislation in April aimed at restricting ownership, possession and use of manufacturing equipment, including presses.

The bill would require those looking to sell the equipment to register and consent to a criminal record check. In addition, there are notification provisions concerning sales.

“This bill is critical in bolstering police efforts to disrupt the supply chain and get counterfeit pills off of the streets and out of the hands of those who recklessly distribute death-dealing drugs,” B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said at the time.

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Jim Bronskill , The Canadian Press

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