Newfoundland and Labrador has some of the highest use of potentially harmful medications across the country and the long-term use of these medications continues to rise. The use of potentially harmful medications can lead to extensive health risks, including falls, fractures, hospitalizations and death. The rising use of potentially harmful medications in Newfoundland and Labrador is creating an urgency for change.

SaferMedsNL brings together patient advocates, community organizations, healthcare professionals and academic researchers, to improve medication use through deprescribing potentially harmful or unnecessary medications.

What is deprescribing?

Deprescribing means reducing or stopping medications that might be unnecessary or causing harm. The aim of deprescribing is to maintain or improve quality of life. It is a planned and supervised process that involves a coordinated effort between patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and policy-makers. 

About SaferMedsNL

Our Objective

  • Promote safe and effective medication use for people living in Newfoundland and Labrador

Our Goals

  • Reduce the use of potentially harmful medications in Newfoundland and Labrador by 20% by 2021

  • Increase awareness of safer alternatives to medications and how to access them  

Our Approach

  • Raise public awareness about the benefit and harms of medications

  • Provide resources for patients and healthcare professionals to reduce potentially harmful medications

  • Promote meaningful conversations between healthcare professionals and patients to ensure medications are continued when necessary and safely stopped when they are no longer needed