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1CN ON: 'Creativity' Helps Get Injection Site GoingSat, 23 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Willing, Jon Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:09/27/2017

Lowertown location receives exemption

Health Canada on Friday granted the necessary exemption for an interim supervised injection site in Lowertown, with Ottawa Public Health planning to greet the first clients on Tuesday.

The health unit is using the federal exemption granted to the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre to run the temporary injection facility at 179 Clarence St.

David Gibson, executive director of the Sandy Hill health centre, said it's a first to see an interim exemption for an injection site granted to an organization using another organization's exemption.

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2CN ON: No Injection Facility Plan For Vanier Site: Salvation ArmySat, 23 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Willing, Jon Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:09/27/2017

Organization considering how it could transport clients to supervised location

The Salvation Army isn't planning a supervised injection site for the shelter and health complex it has proposed for Vanier, but the organization is putting thought into how it could transport clients to those licensed facilities.

While the topic has come up in public, Salvation Army spokesman Glenn van Gulik said the organization has no intention of running an injection site if it receives planning approval for the project at 333 Montreal Rd.

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3 CN ON: Reported Overdoses Tip Of IcebergSat, 23 Sep 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Young, Gord Area:Ontario Lines:102 Added:09/27/2017

Many cases unreported due to naloxone distribution, says health official

There's likely a large number of unreported opioid overdoses in North Bay.

That's because the antidote naloxone is being distributed by pharmacies and front-line organizations to those struggling with addiction, as well as their friends and family members, throughout the community.

Kathleen Jodouin, HIV education co-ordinator at the AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area, says her organization has had a take-home naloxone program in place for the past two years. And, she says, the drug, which temporarily reverses the effects of heroin and other opioid drugs, is frequently given out.

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4 Canada: Feds Issue Tender For Anti-Marijuana Campaign Aimed At YouthFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS) Author:Beswick, Aaron Area:Canada Lines:72 Added:09/27/2017

Health Canada doesn't want kids smoking pot.

The federal agency responsible for the health of Canadians issued a tender call Thursday for a marketing campaign to raise awareness among youth aged 13 to 24 about the harmful affects of smoking marijuana on their still-developing brains.

It also wants pre- and post-campaign monitoring of the awareness of youth of the affects.

The advertising campaign will roll out in anticipation of Canada's legalizing marijuana next year.

Ed McHugh, a professor at St. Mary's University's marketing department, offered a warning.

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5 CN BC: PUB LTE: We Don't Need Any More Delays To Gov't Efforts ToFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Delta Optimist (CN BC) Author:Yao, Victor Area:British Columbia Lines:29 Added:09/27/2017

Editor:

Re: Police want date pushed back on legalizing pot, Sept. 20

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police insists it needs more time to adapt to cannabis legislation. Well, too bad for the chiefs.

The Liberals have been in power for close to two years, medicinal cannabis has been around for even longer and models from other jurisdictions (Holland, Portugal, etc.) have long matured.

More delays mean more otherwise unnecessary criminalization, imprisonment and benefits for violent gangs. Legalization is long overdue and prohibition's time is up.

Victor Yao

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6 CN BC: LTE: Youth At Risk With Liberal Plan To Legalize PotFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Delta Optimist (CN BC) Author:Munro, A. T. Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:09/27/2017

Editor:

There is no doubt in my mind that the proposal by the prime minister to legalize marijuana has not been well thought out, especially with the devastating drug problems we are now facing.

The effect of narcotics on the development of the brain has been well researched. Scientific studies have proven that mental disorders, schizophrenia, suicides, etc. are much higher among those who take these drugs than those who do not.

Postnatal brain development occurs over a long period that lasts into adolescence and some say into the 20s. Our youth are at risk. We certainly do not need more soft drugs on the street that are available to an impressionable age group trying to cope with their own stresses at school, at home, on the street, etc.

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7 CN BC: Column: Opioid Crisis Deserves More Attention Than Pot PlansThu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:Vancouver Courier (CN BC) Author:Garr, Allen Area:British Columbia Lines:100 Added:09/21/2017

Nothing seems to have the cops and local and provincial politicians scrambling more these days than their attempts to get ahead of the federal government's plans to make marijuana legal by next summer.

But that should hardly be too much of distraction to allow the toker in the Prime Minister's office, the cute and clever Justin Trudeau, off the hook when it comes to effectively dealing with a more immediately critical drug issue, the opioid crisis.

Yet is seems to have.

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8 US CA: L.A. Is Set To Be A Hot Market For Marijuana SalesMon, 25 Sep 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Reyes, Emily Alpert Area:California Lines:182 Added:09/27/2017

The idea of alarms critics of the marijuana industry, who argue that such venues would become a nuisance and drag down property values.

The idea of alarms critics of the marijuana industry, who argue that such venues would become a nuisance and drag down property values.

Los Angeles lawmakers are laying the groundwork for what is widely expected to be one of the hottest markets for marijuana in the country, one that could bring more than $50 million in taxes to city coffers next year.

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9 US MD: The Opioid Crisis Spills Into The WorkplaceMon, 25 Sep 2017
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Saraiva, Catarina Area:Maryland Lines:151 Added:09/27/2017

At Philip Tulkoff's food-processing plant in Baltimore, machines grind tough horseradish roots into puree. "If you put your arm in the wrong place," the owner says, "and you're not paying attention, it's going to pull you in." It's not a good place to be intoxicated.

Drug abuse in the workforce is a growing challenge for American business. While economists have paid more attention to the opioid epidemic's role in keeping people out of work, about two-thirds of those who report misusing pain-relievers are on the payroll. In the factory or office, such employees can be a drag on productivity, one of the U.S. economy's sore spots. In the worst case, they can endanger themselves and their colleagues.

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