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1 CN ON: Every Dose A Potential KillerSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Latif, Anam Area:Ontario Lines:218 Added:02/21/2017

WATERLOO REGION - Sally has been taking drugs since her mother introduced her to them when she was 14.

Today, the 26-year-old Kitchener woman is on methadone to curb her cravings.

But Sally, not her real name, still does illicit drugs like crystal meth.

Her drug of choice is crack but last summer while looking for a hit, she bought a "point" of fentanyl and injected it (a point is one-tenth of a gram). She doesn't want to do it again but fears it could be laced in the drugs she usually buys.

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2 CN ON: Trying To Stop A 'Tidal Wave'Sat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:193 Added:02/21/2017

WATERLOO REGION - Five years ago, local paramedics responded to one opioid overdose a week.

Now the rate is almost two overdoses every day.

"Where does it end?" says Robert Crossan, deputy chief of the Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services.

The drug at the core of the crisis is fentanyl - a painkiller 80 times stronger than morphine.

It's a pain medication prescribed and taken by patients through patches.

But 'bootleg' fentanyl is coming in from China, and trace amounts - as small as grains of salt - are being mixed with heroin and cocaine sold on the streets.

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3 CN BC: Court Sides With Cities On Pot Shop RegulationMon, 20 Feb 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Fries, Joe Area:British Columbia Lines:60 Added:02/21/2017

Penticton's mayor is applauding a recent B.C. Supreme Court decision that ruled local governments do indeed have the right to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. "The judge clearly stated that even though the use of marijuana is federally regulated, the federal law does not authorize access to medical marijuana from dispensaries and municipalities are not precluded from putting in regulations to control them," Andrew Jakubeit said in a statement.

"This decision is welcomed as it provides further clarity on our rights and obligations to control dispensaries and gives added strength to our enforcement policy."

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4 CN BC: Column: Say No To Legal HeroinMon, 20 Feb 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Stafford, Brent Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:02/21/2017

Ends always justify the means for those striving to do good, no matter the cost to life, liberty and truth.

The truth about hard drugs, such as heroin, is blunt - it destroys lives and it kills. With each injection, intravenous drug users on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver are slowly, sometimes quickly, killing themselves. I believe these people are well aware of this fact. How could they not? The risk of death is an ever-present danger that is impossible for any hard-drug user to ignore, let alone plead ignorance.

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5 CN BC: Column: Bad Drug Policy KillsMon, 20 Feb 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Mullins, Garth Area:British Columbia Lines:82 Added:02/21/2017

Last month, my colleague Laurie P. died of overdose, one of 116 fatal ODs in B.C. in January. She was a harm reduction activist and had a graceful, inclusive style of community organizing.

We've been here before.

During prohibition, people got sick and died from potent or contaminated bootlegged booze. Organized crime flourished. Then, liquor was legalized again.

It's time to do the same with hard drugs.

In 2001, Portugal decriminalized possession of all drugs. Overdose deaths and HIV transmission rates fell. Drug use is down and treatment is up. Trafficking remains illegal but users get health services, not jail time.

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6CN QU: School Settles Lawsuit Over Strip SearchMon, 20 Feb 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Canadienne, Presse Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

The mother of a teenage girl who was subjected to a strip search at l'Ecole secondaire de Neufchatel has dropped a lawsuit requesting damages of $383,000 against the Quebec City school board and the school's administration.

A settlement was reached between the parties early this month, Le Soleil reports. The civil court case was scheduled to begin Feb. 20 before Judge Daniel Dumais of the Superior Court.

The girl's mother obtained the consent of the school board to drop the case without being subjected to any fees after two years and multiple judiciary procedures. The lawyers of both parties confirmed the settlement, but were unwilling to provide reasons.

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7CN ON: A Father's Emotional Open Letter About Teen Drug Overdoses InMon, 20 Feb 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:O'Leary, Sean Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

In light of the recent death of popular Kanata teenager Chloe Kotval from an apparent drug overdose, and warnings from Ottawa police and Ottawa Public Health about counterfeit prescription drugs they suspect have been the cause of "recent life-threatening overdoses" in the city, on Saturday, concerned father Sean O'Leary posted an emotional Facebook message about teen drug overdoses in Kanata.

Below is the text of his message:

To all whom are concerned, As many if not all of you are aware from news reports a beautiful 14-year-old Kanata girl passed away this week as a result of a drug overdose.

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8 CN AB: Column: Record Drug Bust Part Of Vicious CircleMon, 20 Feb 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Davis, Rob Area:Alberta Lines:97 Added:02/21/2017

Last week we made headlines with a record drug bust after more than $1.2 million in drugs, cash, weapons, drug manufacturing equipment and vehicles were seized by the Lethbridge members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team.

I commend the members of the LPS and the RCMP who make up the integrated Lethbridge team for their great work.

In the news conference, I was asked how this seizure impacts the city. Beyond preventing the obvious drug use, sales and potential fatalities, I mentioned how drugs and addictions are related to property crimes. I know many citizens have been victims of car prowling and residential break-ins to their homes, garages and sheds. Many businesses have also been hit by very organized thieves as was clear when a car dealership had dozens of wheels and rims stolen from new cars on their lot not too long ago.

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9 CN ON: Health Board Backs Moves Toward City Safe Needle SiteFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Brown, Dan Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:02/21/2017

The members of the Middlesex-London Board of Health endorsed Thursday evening a motion to take the "next steps" to set up a supervised-injection site for drug users in London.

That essentially means determining what the method will be for moving forward with the project. As part of that, there will be a public consultation before setting up any such site, including talking to the people in the chosen neighbourhood, including residents and business.

The first part of the three-pronged motion covered accepting a feasibility study. Dr. Gayanne Hovhannisyan, the acting medical officer of health, led the discussion.

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10CN BC: Faced With Lengthy Waits, Addicts Seek Help In NanaimoFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Petrescu, Sarah Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

Non-profit group takes Victoria patients to get same-day methadone prescriptions

A Victoria non-profit group has started a service to drive people to Nanaimo to get methadone and suboxone prescriptions because the wait time to see a doctor is much shorter.

"A lot of clients would say: 'I can't see a doctor for weeks.' So when this new clinic opened in Nanaimo and said they were taking clients, we saw an opportunity," said Lucy Hagos, operations manager at the Daily Dose Society, which operates the Wheels for Recovery program.

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11 CN BC: PUB LTE: Not Thumbing Our Noses At City CouncilFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:Penticton Western (CN BC) Author:Jaenicke, Bob Area:British Columbia Lines:71 Added:02/21/2017

We would like to respond to a recent article (Penticton Western News, Feb. 8, Some dispensaries'thumbing their noses' at the city rules) which Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said we are 'thumbing our nose' at the city by operating without a business license.

Firstly, we can appreciate the concerns of citizens who are unfamiliar with the medical benefits of cannabis products and the service that a professional dispensary provides. This is a new type of business for many communities and there are still old perceptions that all users are hippies and kids just getting high. The majority of our customers are adults over the age of 50 who are seeking help with medical issues such as arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, MS, glaucoma, seizures and pain relief.

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12CN BC: No Sheriff, So Court Cuts Accused Drug Dealer LooseSun, 19 Feb 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Dickson, Louise Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

A B.C. Supreme Court justice freed an accused cocaine trafficker Friday because there was no sheriff to lead the man from a cell in the Victoria courthouse to the courtroom.

The decision highlighted an ongoing sheriff shortage that has closed courtrooms, delayed trials and tossed cases out of court around B.C. The Victoria courthouse is particularly hard hit.

Justice Robert Johnston blamed the situation on "a lack of provincial will to provide the necessary resources," as he stayed a charge of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking against Richard D'Allesandro.

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13CN BC: Feds Sweeten Health-Care Deal With $10m For Opioid CrisisSun, 19 Feb 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Shaw, Rob Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

After decrying Ottawa's "divide and conquer" approach to health-care agreements, British Columbia signed its own side deal on Friday - to get extra cash for the drug-overdose crisis.

B.C. had been one of the most vocal critics of Ottawa's strategy to pick off provinces one by one with special agreements, rather than negotiate across-the-board health transfers with all the provinces.

But B.C. officials said Friday they eventually decided to settle the feud because they wanted to present a united Canadian front in the softwood lumber trade dispute with the U.S.

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14CN BC: Editorial: Methadone Is Life Or DeathSun, 19 Feb 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

If governments were really providing an urgent response to the fentanyl crisis, Correne Antrobus wouldn't be prowling Victoria's streets looking for a drug dealer to sell her daughter methadone. Antrobus shared her story in the Times Colonist this week. Her daughter is addicted to opiates, but wants to quit. When she asked her family for help, they sought medical support and a quick start on legal methadone that would stabilize her addiction, keep her safe and allow her to seek treatment.

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15CN BC: Column: Moses And The Missing MarijuanaSun, 19 Feb 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Moriarty, Wayne Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

Inspired by Canada's finest storyteller, Moriarty shares a tale from his misspent youth

As a tribute to Stuart McLean, Canada's finest storyteller who passed away Wednesday, I'd like to tell you a story about the time, in a whim of desperation, I considered killing Moses, the family dog.

I was 16 the night my best friends Drew and Larry came to my house to smoke some marijuana.

The three of us were going to a dance that night. My home seemed like a safe place to toke before heading off to the gymnasium at Lord Byng Secondary, where, if fortune smiled upon me this evening, I would slow dance with the golden Ilona through the entirety of Jethro Tull's Thick As A Brick.

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16CN SN: Forces Doing Their Part In War On DrugsFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Modjeski, Morgan Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

He's done four rotations helping law enforcement agencies combat the international drug trade in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

On Thursday, navy Lt.-Cmdr. Lucas Kenward was in Saskatoon to speak with local police and reservists about Canada's role in the fight.

"One of the key messages that I bring to police services is that the mission that we're doing ... while it is displaced by some 5,000 miles from here, it does have a direct impact," he said.

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17CN AB: Column: Support Services Key To Safe Injection SitesSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Knecht, Rod Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

Drug addicts need our care and compassion - not incarceration - writes Rod Knecht.

The Edmonton Police Service recently published its organizational position on supervised injection sites, which calls for supervised injection sites to be more than designated physical spaces where addicts can consume illegal drugs.

In addition to the necessary basic human requirements of shelter and security, the sites also need to provide a complete slate of support services for drug addicts - from emergency medical care to assistance with food, medication and mental health issues - to name a few.

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18 CN ON: Overdose Death Highlights Gaps In City ServicesSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Pagliaro, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:100 Added:02/21/2017

Man, 28, died after being told downtown drop-in centre had no space for him to sleep

The fatal overdose of a 28-year-old man, who left a downtown drop-in centre he frequented after being told there was no room for him to sleep, has left his friends and community reeling and searching for answers.

The man, whom the Star is not identifying at this time without his family's permission, often stayed at the St. Felix Centre, a neighbourhood hub on Augusta Ave. where men and women can shower, enjoy meals, receive counselling and use computers.

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19 CN BC: Drug Reform Day Of Action PlannedThu, 16 Feb 2017
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Lupick, Travis Area:British Columbia Lines:93 Added:02/21/2017

On Tuesday (February 21), exactly 914 feathers will hang from the trees in Oppenheimer Park.

They will symbolize the 914 people who died of an illicit-drug overdose in B.C. in 2016. The feathers will be carved out of wood and as many as possible will bear the name of somebody who died after taking drugs.

The Vancouver demonstration is part of a national day of action that is so far planned for seven cities across Canada. In B.C., events are also planned for Victoria and Nanaimo.

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20 CN BC: Kelowna Has B.C.As 3rd Highest Number Of Overdoses In JanuarySat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Peacock, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:73 Added:02/21/2017

IHA saw largest increase in rate of drug overdose deaths from 2015 to 2016, a 145 per cent jump, from 64 to 158 deaths

Kelowna had the third highest number of illicit drug overdose deaths among B.C. cities last month.

In January, there were eight drug overdose deaths in Kelowna, 10 deaths in the Okanagan and 18 deaths across Interior Health, according to a BC Coroners Service report released Friday.

The top two cities for drug overdose deaths in January were Vancouver with 45 deaths and Surrey with nine.

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