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Mefloquine Awareness Canada (MAC) is a group comprised of Canadian Forces veterans, family members, civilians, and medical experts. The aim is to raise awareness of the harms caused by the use of the anti-malarial drug mefloquine.
Canada’s experience with the antimalarial drug, Mefloquine, also known by the brand name Lariam, dates back to the Canadian Armed Forces 1992 peacekeeping mission in Somalia. Since that time, Canadian soldiers, their families, and scientific researchers have claimed that Mefloquine causes adverse effects which lead to anxiety, paranoia, depression, dizziness and more serious and sometimes permanent psychiatric and physiological symptoms for some individuals.
On Tuesday, 19 September 2017 MAC held a Rally at Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Well-attended by politicians, it made national news headlines on BBC Canada, APTN, and CBFC. Goals for the rally were:
- re-open the Somalia Commission of Inquiry
- acknowledgment of the drug’s chronic effects, which may mimic symptoms of PTSD;
- a government program of outreach andfunding to continue research to cure chronic effects of mefloquine.
Canadians need Mefloquine Awareness. You can help support this by donating via Paypal, or purchasing merchandise from our online shop at www.cafepress.ca/mefloquineawareness.