A Democratic Deliberation on Sleeping Pills – Why Sex and Gender Matter

April 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
John Simms Community Centre
2 Avenue Westminster S
Montréal-Ouest, QC H4X 1Y6
Free for members of the SJLS, $12 for non-members
Sam Browman

Making an informed choice is a right that everyone has prior to initiating drug therapy. In order to prevent and reduce reliance on medications, patients should be informed about the sex and gender-related factors that lead to persistent prescriptions and be made aware of non-drug approaches in managing sleep and anxiety. This presentation will explain how historical, social and medical influences have shaped the way sleeping pills have evolved as a form of chemical coping. After reviewing the evidence-based harms associated with sleeping pills, the audience will be asked to weigh in on potential policy changes that could be implemented to reduce the overuse of these medications in Canada.

Dr. Cara Tannenbaum is the Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

She is a practicing physician and Professor in the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Université de Montréal, where she holds the Chair in Pharmacology, Health and Aging. She has a productive program of research focusing on sex and gender differences and patient education all in the area of drug safety.

She currently leads the Canadian Deprescribing Network and is the recipient of several prestigious awards. Her work on that subject has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail and on national television.