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151CN ON: In A 'Corner Of Hell' With A Killer DrugSat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Warnica, Richard Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/05/2017

TORONTO - The swaying man stood in front of the convenience store, his head drooping near his knees, a bag of ladies' jeans in one hand. The pants retailed for $ 35 apiece, he said, but he'd take $10 for the lot.

A prospective customer checked out the bag. The security tags were still on the pants. Plus, he noted, they were too small for his girlfriend. He eyed the salesman, struggling now. "He needs a hit," he said. "He's sick."

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152CN ON: Opioid Substitution Proposal Gains Fresh SupportSat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Helmer, Aedan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/05/2017

News that an Ottawa group is moving to start an opioid-substitution program - a form of supervised injection project - for city addicts is being applauded by another harm-reduction group that says it wants to follow suit.

Meanwhile, city police and the local city councillor say they need to find out more about the new program before commenting on it.

Ottawa Inner City Health is a not-for-profit that receives some provincial funding. It told the Citizen this week it wants to have a managed-opioid program running at the Shepherds of Good Hope in the ByWard Market by September.

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153CN ON: Injection Sites Considered As Part Of Wider StrategySat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Kotsis, Julie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/05/2017

Safe injection sites for Windsor could be part of a "comprehensive solution" as the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit embarks on a study of how best to tackle illegal drug use and its ensuing complications.

Acting-medical officer of health Dr. Wajid Ahmed said the solution must address broader issues of mental health, social support, treatment options, enforcement issues and could possibly include a supervised injection site in the city.

"Right now, we are at the very preliminary stage to even understand the potential action items needed in our community," Ahmed said. "When we have that, we will be in a much better position to say if this would be a good thing or a bad thing.

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154 CN ON: Editorial: Cambridge Faces Fentanyl CrisisSat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:86 Added:08/05/2017

The news coming out about the fentanyl crisis in Cambridge is overwhelmingly bad as well as heartbreaking.

People are overdosing on the dangerous drug, which is 100 times more powerful than morphine.

People are dying from it, too, often taking heroin or cocaine without realizing fentanyl has been added.

In just a few months, the problem - long associated with Canada's West Coast - has escalated to the point that many residents in downtown Galt no longer venture out at night out of fear of encountering comatose drug users and used syringes. At least one resident is threatening to move out.

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155CN BC: 23 Die From Illicit-Drug Overdoses In June On Island, DoubleSat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Petrescu, Sarah Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/05/2017

Health officials say crisis worsening despite bid to end it

Island Health was the only health authority in B.C. to see an increase in overdose deaths in June, according to statistics released Friday.

At least 23 people on Vancouver Island died from an illicit-drug overdose in June, up from 11 in May, according to the B.C. Coroners Service. This brings the total to 123 deaths in the first half of this year. The total for all of 2016 was 160.

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156CN BC: B.C. Overdose Deaths Soar 88% In First Six Months Of YearSat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Johnston, Patrick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/05/2017

Don't use alone, chief coroner urges, as 2017 death toll in opioid crisis hits 780

Fewer people died of drug overdoses in June than in earlier months of this year, but the death rate continues to be far higher than last year.

According to the B.C. Coroners Service, 780 deaths so far this year can be attributed to overdosing on illicit drugs.

That's up 88 per cent from the same period a year ago, when there were 414 deaths. In total, there were 978 overdoses deaths in B.C. last year.

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157 CN ON: Editorial: City Must Wake Up To Drug CrisisFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:132 Added:08/04/2017

Last weekend was a particularly dangerous one for opioid users in Toronto. It was so perilous, in fact, that Toronto police put out a safety alert after the city saw four drug-related deaths and 20 overdoses in just two days.

Authorities believe the deaths and overdoses were from heroin laced with fentanyl, an opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin.

Sadly, things did not get better from there. On Tuesday the bodies of two teenage girls were found in an Etobicoke condominium. Police suspect they, too, died of overdoses.

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158 CN ON: Column: Overdose Action Plan Is A Waste Of Time, MoneyFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Levy, Sue-Ann Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:08/04/2017

Wrong-headed!

Coun. Joe Cressy must have been licking his lips with glee Thursday.

The recent spike in opioid overdoses in the city would garner him more media - and the NDPer just loves media attention especially when he can blather on about the fact that more public money is needed for (insert affordable housing, bike lanes here), or, as he claimed Thursday, the "escalating drug crisis."

Since he'd already informed us before he guilted the mayor and council into approving three new harm reduction (aka feed addicts their poisons, but safely) sites last summer that there'd been a drug crisis in the city for the last 10 years, Cressy had to insert "escalating" to make the crisis seem, well, really crisis-like.

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159 CN ON: Pot-entially Deadly MixFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bieman, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:08/04/2017

Authorities sound alarm as tests find fentanyl cut into other street drugs, including marijuana

The new villain in the opioid drug crisis sweeping Canada, often with deadly results, fentanyl is now showing up in London added into other drugs, including marijuana, authorities are warning.

Urine tests conducted on people who reported using only heroin or smoking pot tested positive for the powerful drug, the London area's public health office reported Thursday.

One pot activist said he's skeptical that fentanyl is being cut into marijuana, but officials were taking no chances after the tests, issuing a rare warning involving police and three different health agencies.

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160 CN ON: PUB LTE: Gateway Drug Theory Is Rather FlawedFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Sinclair, Robert C Area:Ontario Lines:44 Added:08/04/2017

Re: 'Pot legalization questionable as drug deaths spike.' July 30.

I am writing in response to Simon Guilett's letter in which he proposes the gateway theory to drug addiction. His idea is that marijuana leads to cocaine and cocaine leads to opiates.

This position has been disproven a number of times.

Whereas, it is true that likely 98 per cent of opiate addicts began by using marijuana, it is also true that only two per cent or so of marijuana users go on to use opiates.

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161CN BC: Police Issue Warning, Fearing Public Will Get Caught Up InFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Bolan, Kim Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/04/2017

The sun was setting on Coal Harbour last week when the Vancouver police marine squad took special notice of a charter boat called the Magic Charm.

Aboard the vessel were dozens of young men, some of whom were linked to the Red Scorpion gang. Several had chest tattoos reading "My brother's keeper."

The anti-gang Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit was called in to check the party boat crowd when it docked beside the Westin Bayshore around 9 p.m. on July 25. It was another tense interaction between the police and some of those involved in the

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162 CN BC: Vets Seeing More Dogs On DrugsFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Langley Times (CN BC) Author:Tamminga, Monique Area:British Columbia Lines:84 Added:08/04/2017

Langley vet says she treats at least one dog a month that ingests pot

In the last couple years, veterinarians have seen an increase in the number of dogs that have ingested harmful drugs, mainly marijuana.

"We have seen a notable increase in the last few years of dogs coming to the hospital having ingested pot. We get at least one per month," said Langley veterinarian, Dr. Renee Ferguson of Mountainview Veterinary Hospital.

"Unfortunately, it is becoming common that dogs eat pot or drugs while out on a walk or at a park," she said.

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163CN BC: Ottawa OKs First Supervised Drug-use Centre In VictoriaFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Petrescu, Sarah Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/04/2017

The federal government has approved the first supervised consumption site in Victoria for illicit drug users, but it will be at least a year before it opens.

"This is going to save lives and take us beyond what our overdose prevention sites are doing," said Dr. Richard Stanwick, chief medical officer for Island Health. "Now they won't be a stop-gap measure, they are a bridge."

The site approved by Health Canada is at 941 Pandora Ave. and will be called the Pandora Community Health and Wellness Centre. It's next to Our Place Society, which offers various services to Victoria's vulnerable citizens.

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164 CN ON: Drug Epidemic 'Crazy'Fri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Payne, Elizabeth Area:Ontario Lines:172 Added:08/04/2017

Managed opioid program to open in response to fentanyl crisis

As a fentanyl crisis sweeps the country, medical officials in Ottawa are moving quickly and quietly to open a supervised injection site for opioid users.

The opioid substitution program, which will be the only the second of its kind in Canada, is expected to formally begin in September at the Shepherds of Good Hope in the ByWard Market area.

While attention in this city has been focused on a recently approved supervised-injection site for illegal drug users, officials with Inner City Health have been planning the managed opioid program, which will open first.

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165 CN ON: Injection Sites On WayFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Jeffords, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:68 Added:08/04/2017

City responds to OD spike

The city will accelerate the opening of three supervised injection sites to address the recent surge in overdose deaths across Toronto.

It's just one of a number of measures Mayor John Tory and a group of health officials and first responders will pursue immediately in the wake of the overdose spike. In a statement released after an emergency meeting of the group Thursday, Tory called the deaths an "unimaginable tragedy."

"Today, I asked our first responders to ensure we are doing everything as fast as possible to implement Toronto's Overdose Action Plan," he said.

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166 CN ON: Run Of Overdoses AlarmingFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Elliot Area:Ontario Lines:124 Added:08/04/2017

Five people in two days sent to hospital after taking drugs believed to be laced with fentanyl

Local health officials are raising the alarm after a string of fentanyl overdoses this week.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, five people, including three in Kingston, were sent to hospital after taking drugs believed to be laced with bootleg fentanyl.

"What we know is all five did require paramedic services and support in hospital, and we believe that they are related to fentanyl-contaminated drugs, just from the clinical signs and symptoms we saw," said Fareen Karachiwalla, associate medical officer of health with Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health.

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167CN ON: Injection Program To Battle Opioid CrisisFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Payne, Elizabeth Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/04/2017

Substitution site for addicts set for September

As a fentanyl crisis sweeps the country, medical officials in Ottawa are moving quickly and quietly to open a supervised injection site for opioid users.

The opioid substitution program, which will be the only the second of its kind in Canada, is expected to formally begin in September at the Shepherds of Good Hope in the By Ward Market area.

While attention in this city has been focused on a recently approved supervised-injection site for illegal drug users, officials with Inner City Health have been planning the managed opioid program, which will open first.

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168 CN ON: Toronto Crafts Opioid Strategy Amid Concerns That Crisis HasFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Giovannetti, Justin Area:Ontario Lines:96 Added:08/04/2017

Toronto is considering fast-tracking the opening of three supervised drug-use sites and will ask some police officers to carry a life-saving antidote to fentanyl after a spate of deaths linked to tainted street drugs over the past week.

Public-health officials across the country have warned for months that authorities in Toronto should be prepared for the appearance of powerful illicit painkillers that led to the deaths of thousands of Canadians over the past two years.

The deaths, starting in Alberta and British Columbia, have moved east across the Prairies as potent opioids have been inexpertly mixed with street drugs, yielding lethal cocktails.

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169CN BC: Overdoses Hit First Nations HardestFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/04/2017

Those with registered Indian status in B.C. are three times more likely to die than others

B.C.'s overdose crisis is disproportionately impacting Indigenous people, who are three times more likely than non-First Nations people to die, according to data released Thursday.

The preliminary numbers show that 14 per cent of overdoses in B.C. were experienced by First Nations people, who were five times more likely than non-First Nations people to overdose.

Ten per cent of overdose deaths in B.C. were First Nations people, who comprise 3.4 per cent of the population.

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170CN BC: First Nations People Three Times More Likely To Die FromFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/04/2017

B.C.'s overdose crisis is disproportionately impacting Indigenous people, who are three times more likely than non-First Nations people to die, according to data released Thursday.

The preliminary numbers show that 14 per cent of overdoses in B.C. were experienced by First Nations people, who were five times more likely than non-First Nations people to overdose.

Ten per cent of overdose deaths in B.C. were First Nations people, who comprise 3.4 per cent of the population.

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171CN BC: B.C's First Nation Families Devastated By Drug DeathsFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Petrescu, Sarah Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/04/2017

Shirley Jones said she was devastated to learn that three young men in her family from the Tseshaht First Nation in Port Alberni died in recent weeks from suspected fentanyl overdoses.

"It's heart-wrenching living this [crisis] at work and then hearing about these young people in my mother's family," said Jones, who is a custodian at Our Place Society on Pandora Avenue. An overdose-prevention site has operated at the site since 2016.

"Even here, I've seen young natives who were chronic alcoholics die from overdoses, and I had no idea they even used," she said. "It was hidden."

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172 CN BC: Health Officials Struggle To Reach Middle-class Drug UsersFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Penticton Western (CN BC) Author:Godfrey, Dustin Area:British Columbia Lines:103 Added:08/04/2017

In its fight to curb ever-climbing overdose death rates, middle-class drug users have been a challenge to reach for health officials.

Part of fighting the overdose crisis means getting the right messaging across to the right people, according to IH medical health officer Dr. Silvina Mema. That includes letting people know help is available and conveying tried and true safety precautions when using drugs, such as not using alone and keeping naloxone on hand.

That can be an uphill battle, according to Mema, who said many people still believe the overdose crisis mostly or exclusively affects homeless or lower-class people.

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173 CN AB: New Tool In Fight Against OpioidsFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Smith, Alanna Area:Alberta Lines:65 Added:08/04/2017

Alberta health professionals are launching a new phone service in an effort to save lives and curb a growing opioid crisis.

The opioid dependency advice line, which launches Aug. 8, offers expert consultation for primary care physicians and nurse practitioners caring for patients with opioid dependence.

"In the province not all family physicians are going to be comfortable or have experience in treating opioid dependence, particularly in using the medications," said Doctor Nick Mitchell, Alberta Health Services' provincial medical director with addictions and mental health.

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174 CN BC: LTE: Ignoring The Drug UseFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Penticton Western (CN BC) Author:Stevenson, Gary Area:British Columbia Lines:34 Added:08/04/2017

I really appreciate the Penticton Western News and our Mayor Jakubeit having his own column in the paper, however, I don't think our mayor reads letters to the editor.

If he did, and Supt. de Jager also did, they would realize that drugs, and the City of Penticton and its local RCMP detachments willfully ignoring this rampant drug use, is by far the number one cause of crime.

I live beside a City of Penticton owned drug house that was in business for almost four years. The city said they were evicted in June, with new locks, but the place is as disgusting as ever - still vehicles parked in the yard and some of the renters still come and go.

There is something very cancerous growing in the city that comes with the drug trade. City hall and Mr. de Jager's RCMP do not look innocent to me.

Gary Stevenson

Penticton

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175 CN BC: Kamloops RCMP Issues Cease And Desist Letter To LocalFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Kamloops This Week (CN BC) Author:Klassen, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:145 Added:08/04/2017

A marijuana dispensary that drew the ire of residents living above its Aberdeen store front is no more - and Kamloops RCMP say other pot shops in the city should prepare for a period of apparent tolerance to come to an end.

A note affixed to the front door of Canna Clinic on Hillside Drive says the store closed on Aug. 1 "due to unforeseen circumstances."

Calls and emails to the store went unanswered but RCMP Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay confirmed to KTW police sent the shop a cease and desist letter in July after receiving a barrage of calls from the public. Complaints from residents included drug consumption on the property, illegal drug sales and claims that thefts from vehicles and garages were on the rise, though Pillay said the latter is difficult to prove.

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176 CN ON: Column: City Deserves To Have A Voice On Marijuana CostsThu, 03 Aug 2017
Source:Peterborough Examiner, The (CN ON) Author:Goyette, David Area:Ontario Lines:77 Added:08/03/2017

One year ago this month, I wrote in this space about the likely financial impact on the City of Peterborough of the federal government's decision to legalize marijuana next July.

That same month, four Peterborough city councillors - Dean Pappas, Don Vassiliadis, Lesley Parnell and Keith Riel - attended the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference where the legalization of marijuana and its impact on cities had been a key focus. I offered the urging that, on their return, these councillors make the public case that cities like ours should be parties to the change; that the city should invite the federal Task Force to meet with municipal staff, councillors and the community; and that the councillors exercise some political muscle so that we could secure funding for the new marijuana costs that will undoubtedly come our way. No action was taken.

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177 CN ON: Column: Fixing The Addiction Problem Will Be ExpensiveThu, 03 Aug 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:D'Amato, Luisa Area:Ontario Lines:93 Added:08/03/2017

The people who want to walk the riverside trails in Galt without being confronted by the discarded syringes of drug addicts have every right to voice concern.

I don't blame them one bit for wanting to reclaim their community and asking that it be cleaned up.

Robin Thomas, who carries her dog in order to protect it from stepping on drug paraphernalia, often sees clothes and backpacks stowed in the underbrush. Sometimes she even sees people who are "almost comatose."

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178 CN BC: Column: Mayor Robertson Gets Emotional Over Opioid CrisisThu, 03 Aug 2017
Source:Vancouver Courier (CN BC) Author:Howell, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:126 Added:08/03/2017

I've got to say that in my years of covering city hall, I've never seen Mayor Gregor Robertson cry.

He almost did Wednesday.

He shifted in his chair in council chambers, made one of those faces people make before the tears roll, then paused mid-sentence.

"There's a loss of hope…"

The mayor was referring to the drug overdose crisis and the mounting death toll. He had just heard from city staff that 216 people in Vancouver this year have died of a suspected overdose.

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179 US CA: OPED: Race Case For Reefer ReparationsThu, 03 Aug 2017
Source:NOW Magazine (CN ON) Author:Price, Neil Area:California Lines:143 Added:08/03/2017

Time to redress the harm done to thousands of Black youth who have life-limiting criminal records because of pot

The war on drugs has had a devastating and disproportionate effect on racialized groups, particularly young Black men.

While research has shown that Black people partake in recreational pot at the same rates as their white counterparts, it's Black people who have endured the heavy hand of justice. Black people are twice as likely to be taken to a police station after being charged for simple possession of marijuana. They are also twice as likely to be held overnight for a bail hearing.

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180 CN ON: PUB LTE: Gateway Drug Theory FlawedThu, 03 Aug 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Sinclair, Robert C Area:Ontario Lines:45 Added:08/03/2017

The following is in response to the letter Pot legalization questionable as drug deaths spike which appeared July 21.

Dear Editor: I am writing in response to Simon Guilett's letter in which he proposes the gateway theory to drug addiction. His idea is that marijuana leads to cocaine and cocaine leads to opiates.

This position has been disproven a number of times.

Whereas, it is true that likely 98 per cent of opiate addicts began by using marijuana, it is also true that only two per cent or so of marijuana users go on to use opiates.

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181 CN ON: OPED: More Focus Needed On Getting People Off DrugsThu, 03 Aug 2017
Source:Sault Star, The (CN ON) Author:Wood, Evan Area:Ontario Lines:85 Added:08/03/2017

As the opioid crisis worsens, the more we learn about why people are dying. One thing is evident: the drug supply is becoming more toxic. The deadly drug fentanyl is being detected in more than 72 per cent of all overdose deaths in British Columbia. Two years ago, it was found in only 29 per cent; two years before that, just 15 per cent.

While untold fatal overdoses have been prevented by first responders, other health-care providers, and peer groups, the increasingly poisonous drug supply is clearly undermining the efforts to reduce overdose deaths.

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182 CN ON: Overdoses Bring Fear To OxfordThu, 03 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Rivers, Heather Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:08/03/2017

Bootleg fentanyl blamed for five overdoses, two of which didn't respond to double doses of antidote

WOODSTOCK - Five Oxford County overdoses in the last half of June likely were caused by a bad batch of heroin, possibly laced with particularly potent bootleg fentanyl, a health official says.

"Our clients are scared," said Oxford County public health nurse Lisa Gillespie. "From everything I have heard, bootleg fentanyl has arrived in Oxford or there is a very bad batch of heroin going around."

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183CN AB: Naloxone Kits Not Allowed On Grounds At Chasing Music FestThu, 03 Aug 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Cole, Yolande Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:08/03/2017

Alberta Health Services encourages those at risk of overdose to carry kits

Attendees at the Chasing Summer music festival will not be allowed to carry naloxone kits on festival grounds, organizers of the event said Wednesday.

"Given our on-site medical resources and commitment to the health and welfare of all our fans, we want to ensure that only trained medical professionals administer medications to third parties, so we do not permit guests to carry private naloxone kits within festival grounds," said Colin Mathie, director of health and safety for Chasing Summer, which takes place Saturday and Sunday at Max Bell Centre grounds.

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184 CN ON: Petition Calls For Safe Injection SiteThu, 03 Aug 2017
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Benner, Allan Area:Ontario Lines:204 Added:08/03/2017

Volunteer often finds dozens of needles during daily walks through Centennial Gardens in St. Catharines

Fred Bowering scoured the underbrush at the side of the trails, carefully searching for syringes and other drug-related items tossed carelessly aside.

And he never fails to find them - often by the dozens - during his almost daily walks through Centennial Gardens.

"They throw them into the tall grass," he said Wednesday morning while walking through the 27 acres of parkland off Oakland Avenue.

"They discard them into the woods, you see there," he said, pointing to syringes partially hidden by foliage, and another jabbed into a tree trunk.

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185CN ON: Safe Injection Site DesiredThu, 03 Aug 2017
Source:Standard, The (St. Catharines, CN ON) Author:Benner, Allan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/03/2017

Fred Bowering scoured the underbrush at the side of the trails, carefully searching for syringes and other drug-related items tossed carelessly aside.

And he never fails to find them - often by the dozens - during his almost daily walks through Centennial Gardens.

"They throw them into the tall grass," he said Wednesday morning while walking through the 10.8 hectares of parkland off Oakland Avenue.

"They discard them into the woods, you see there," he said, pointing to syringes partially hidden by foliage, and another jabbed into a tree trunk.

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186 US: PUB LTE: Marijuana Could Help Curb Opioid EpidemicThu, 03 Aug 2017
Source:USA Today (US) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:United States Lines:30 Added:08/03/2017

New approaches are definitely needed to battle the opioid epidemic. More drug war is not the answer. The rise in heroin overdose deaths is a result of a federal crackdown on prescription opioids.

Criminalization of users increases the risk of overdose deaths and creates barriers to cost-effective drug treatment. The only winners in the war on drugs are drug cartels.

The opioid commission created by President Trump failed to mention the potential role of marijuana in reducing overdose deaths. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that states with legal medical marijuana access have a 25% lower opioid overdose death rate. The phrase "€œif it saves one life"€ has been used to justify drug-war abuses. Legal marijuana access to ease pain has the potential to save thousands of lives.

Robert Sharpe, Common Sense for Drug Policy; Washington, D.C.

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187 CN BC: New Injection Site Opens UpFri, 28 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Denis, Jen St. Area:British Columbia Lines:94 Added:08/02/2017

Medical officer wants to offer other forms of consumption

The first new supervised injection site in Vancouver since 2003 opened Thursday in the midst of the province's overdose crisis.

Starting July 28, a small room off the reception area at Lookout Emergency Aid Society will host an estimated 200 to 300 people a day, seven days a week.

"In 1992 (this site) opened as the Living Room, now called the Powell Street Getaway, but it was called the Living Room because many of the folks in this community live in SROs in smaller-unit buildings that don't have a living room to socialize in," said Shayne Williams, the executive director of Lookout.

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188 CN ON: Task Force To Battle Fentanyl CrisisFri, 28 Jul 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:117 Added:08/02/2017

Cambridge mayor says group will offer solutions, but will take 'whole community to solve this problem'

CAMBRIDGE - Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig says he's creating a city task force to find solutions to the fentanyl crisis plaguing his city.

The city initiative has been in the works for three months, said Craig, and is not a "knee-jerk" reaction to recent comments made by Cambridge coroner Dr. Hank Nykamp.

Nykamp, a coroner since 1985, said Cambridge is becoming the drug capital of Ontario with "drug houses" and "crystal meth factories."

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189 CN MB: Tories Seek Help On Marijuana BusinessFri, 28 Jul 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Gerster, Jane Area:Manitoba Lines:98 Added:08/02/2017

NDP says government-run Liquor Marts best initial option

THE Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba will likely be the province's regulator for cannabis, although Justice Minister Heather Stefanson said "nothing is off the table," 11 months before Canadians will be able to legally buy it over the counter.

Stefanson spoke with reporters Thursday, shortly after the Conservative government announced it had issued an expression of interest to determine how best to deal with the issues stemming from Ottawa's plan to enact the new law July 1.

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190 CN ON: PUB LTE: Compassion Right WayFri, 28 Jul 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Innanen, John Area:Ontario Lines:31 Added:08/02/2017

Re: Judge grants absolute discharge for marijuana dispensary operators - July 21

I think that individuals are unique and rightly have different opinions and understanding. Take the reported verdict for the Waterloo Dispensary charges, for example. Count me in the support column for the compassion shown by Justice Colin Westman's judgment, and Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin's approach to a difficult question of legality versus perspective.

Some may disagree with my support for the interpretation of the present rule of law, and that's OK.

John Innanen

Kitchener

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191CN BC: OPED: Opioid Crisis Victims Are People, Not StatisticsSat, 29 Jul 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Peach, Derek Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/02/2017

NDP Leader John Horgan held a town-hall meeting in Victoria in April, and I got a chance to ask a question.

"John, 914 human beings died here last year of drug overdoses and my child was one of them. What will our party do about that when we form the government?"

The answer was gratifying because it came slowly. First, Horgan spoke to me as a father and expressed his condolences without rushing into some glib reply. Then he spoke of the intention of the NDP to create a Ministry of Mental Health and Addiction so that in this province at least, there would be a clear line of responsibility for realizing some solutions to this national crisis. He did not pretend to know those solutions, but he promised to get to work on them.

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192 CN ON: LTE: Pot Legalization Questionable As Drug Deaths SpikeMon, 31 Jul 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Guillet, Simon Area:Ontario Lines:54 Added:08/02/2017

The gruesome statistics on drug-related deaths, destroyed lives, broken relationships and demolished families are only getting worse every year.

In one province, British Columbia, about 15 million hypodermic needles destined solely for illicit drug use were distributed last year to the various "safe injection" sites and agencies around the province.

Fifteen million needles - it's hard to fathom the widespread addiction to various drugs and the terrible casualties inflicted. Unfortunately, it's growing in every province. In B.C., this is a 50 per cent increase from 2014 in hypos distributed for illicit use, and statistics for the rest of Canada must be similar.

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193CN BC: OPED: Addiction Treatment CrucialMon, 31 Jul 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Wood, Evan Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/02/2017

New approach is needed to tackle the overdose epidemic, writes Evan Wood.

We're now more than a year into the public health emergency declared by British Columbia's provincial health officer as a result of the province's rising rate of drug overdose deaths.

Tragically, the death toll continues to mount. The latest report from the province's coroner shows we're on pace to see more than 1,500 people die of overdoses in 2017 - more than the last two years combined.

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194CN SN: AFN Wants Opioid Strategy Targeted For First NationsFri, 28 Jul 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Ackerman, Jennifer Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:08/02/2017

Chief says Indigenous people must be given a bigger role in addressing crisis

With addictions rates to opioids in First Nations communities above the national average, Isadore Day, chiefs committee chair on health at the Assembly of First Nations, is calling on the federal government to consider a First Nations-specific opioid strategy.

The federal government has been working on addressing Canada's opioid crisis over the past year, but Day says Indigenous peoples have not had a big enough role in the discussion.

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195 CN BC: Vancouver's Third Supervised Injection Site Opens Friday InFri, 28 Jul 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Brown, Scott Area:British Columbia Lines:59 Added:08/02/2017

Vancouver Coastal Health will open the doors to Vancouver's newest supervised injection site on Friday in the Downtown Eastside.

The Powell Street Getaway, located near Oppenheimer Park at 528 Powell St., will be the third such facility in Vancouver. The Dr. Peter Centre, an HIV-AIDS clinic, has offered supervised injection along with other services in Vancouver's West End since 2002, while the Downtown Eastside's Insite facility was the first sanctioned supervised injection site in North America when it opened in 2003.

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196 CN ON: 'This Is My Community, Too'Wed, 02 Aug 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:159 Added:08/02/2017

Drug use, disposed syringes a concern in downtown Galt

CAMBRIDGE - Robin Thomas often holds her pet Chihuahua in her arms when she takes him for a walk on the trail along the Grand River behind her condo building.

She's afraid her dog will step on used syringes that litter the brush near the trail.

Thomas lives at The Grand Condominium at Waterscape on Water Street. She moved there almost two years because she wanted to live in downtown Galt and was attracted to the view of the river from her balcony.

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197 US: Survey: Nearly Half Of People Who Use Cannabidiol Products StopWed, 02 Aug 2017
Source:Forbes Magazine (US) Author:Borchardt, Debra Area:United States Lines:86 Added:08/02/2017

The largest survey on cannabidiol or CBD usage to date found that women were more likely than men to use CBD and once they started using it, were likely to drop their traditional medicine. A new survey from Brightfield Group and HelloMD covered 2,400 of HelloMDa€™s community of 150,000 members and did a deep dive into the usage of CBD products and their effectiveness. HelloMD is an online community that brings together doctors and cannabis patients.

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198 CN ON: Editorial: Toronto Needs Help Dealing With Legalized WeedThu, 27 Jul 2017
Source:York Guardian (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:64 Added:08/01/2017

Drugs cost money.

This is a universal truth: whether it's the legal kind like alcohol or tobacco, or the banned stuff like cocaine or heroin, or, for now, marijuana, a habit is going to take a chunk out of anyone's paycheque in addition to their life expectancy.

As it is with us as frail individuals, so it is with the governments we elect, when we make the choice to turn on the tap - or light the pipe - of legalized intoxicants.

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199 CN BC: Cannabis Edibles Aid AddictsThu, 27 Jul 2017
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Siebert, Amanda Area:British Columbia Lines:124 Added:08/01/2017

A Downtown Eastside activist and a local entrepreneur are hoping to spearhead the first nonprofit organization of its kind with support from Vancouver's cannabis community.

The vocal support of Sarah Blyth, the founder of the Overdose Prevention Society for grassroots, peer-led harm reduction led to the establishment of several safe-consumption sites in Vancouver and beyond.

Unfortunately, the ongoing overdose crisis hasn't slowed-numbers for 2017 are set to double last year's count of 935 overdose deaths provincewide-so when Blyth, who doesn't use cannabis, came across an American study that found that states with legalized marijuana saw a 33-percent reduction in overdose deaths, she decided to explore the concept further.

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200 CN ON: Councillors Say London Must Prepare For Legal PotThu, 27 Jul 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Richmond, Rany Area:Ontario Lines:56 Added:08/01/2017

Two city councillors want staff to start figuring out now how London will handle legal marijuana in a year.

Just getting the zoning rules in place for retail outlets could take months, Jared Zaifman and Jesse Helmer say in a letter heading to council's planning and environment committee Monday.

"There's a lot to consider," Zaifman said in an interview. "Jesse and I have some concerns about the time we as a municipality will need to prepare for this."

The letter asks council to direct staff to review how other communities have handled zoning for cannabis sales and consult with provincial officials, the health unit and police for their approach on regulations.

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