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1 CN BC: Column: How Could A Spiritual Guru Die From Street Drugs?Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Proulx, Shaun Area:British Columbia Lines:139 Added:08/22/2017

Last month, you could hear the collective global gasp when news broke that eminent Zen Buddhist Michael Stone had passed away in Victoria, B.C. The shock was a natural reaction to the unexpected death of a beloved force of nature, a powerful communicator who, through his ability to make ancient spiritual ideas fresh and relevant, helped improve the lives of countless people around the world.

Stone left behind a wife and two children - with another on the way - and would have celebrated his 43rd birthday this past Saturday. But what also caused thousands of jaws to drop from the news was the Stone's cause of death: the charismatic, world-renowned and respected yoga/meditation/mindfulness expert, author, and speaker - who founded the Centre of Gravity in Toronto-died after OD-ing on street drugs.

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2 CN MB: Hard Dose Of RealityMon, 21 Aug 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Pursaga, Joyanne Area:Manitoba Lines:72 Added:08/22/2017

Spike in Winnipeg drug overdoses - including opioids

The number of annual drug overdoses in Winnipeg is on the rise.

Data from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) show that emergency crews are responding to more overdoses, with 1,648 patients arriving with a drug overdose complaint at emergency rooms and urgent care facilities during the first seven months of this year. There were 2,565 such calls throughout 2016, up from 1,981 in 2014.

And Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to 1,185 poisoning and overdose calls in 2017 (as of July 31), 1,803 in 2016 and 1,328 in 2014. Both agencies note alcohol is responsible for many cases.

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3 CN ON: PUB LTE: It's Time To Decriminalize DrugsFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Grand, Greg Le Area:Ontario Lines:33 Added:08/22/2017

Re: Canada should decriminalize all drugs, Aug. 15.

Decriminalization of all drugs is something I've believed should be done for a very long time.

I'm a retired police officer (RCMP) and never really understand the waste of money and lives on prosecuting users. Sure, I'm just as at fault for, back in the '60s and '70s, what could be better than catching a "hippie" with a joint or two, or some acid?

But as my service grew, along with former U.S. president Ronald Reagan's "War on Drugs," I could only shake my head at the waste of money and the needless criminalization of so many addicted people.

Let's do the right and socially responsible thing by legalizing all drugs.

Greg Le Grand, retired RCMP/CSIS, Ottawa

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4 CN ON: LTE: Thereas No Reason We Should Legalize PotFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Johnstone, Bill Area:Ontario Lines:36 Added:08/22/2017

Re: Pot shop objector left high and dry, Aug. 11.

It is refreshing to hear someone expressing real concern about the proliferation of illegal pot shops that are opening with impunity within Ottawa and around the country.

There is no question this is happening because our federal government has pledged to make recreational pot legal. Why is Canada going down this path when there is no logical rationale for doing so?

If the logic is based on raising money for government coffers, then I would offer that there is an obvious alternative to legalizing recreational pot and putting the health and security of the Canadian population at risk. The federal government needs to re-examine spending priorities, focus on Canada and stop the incredible increase in our national debt.

Why? Because it's 2017, it's our 150th birthday and it's time to turn the corner. Our country and its people deserve nothing less.

Bill Johnstone, Manotick

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5 CN ON: Column: Breaking The Rules To Save Lives Caught In CrisisSat, 19 Aug 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Pike, Deirdre Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:08/22/2017

Harm reduction workers follow correct belief relationships more important than rules

Eight days of silence gives one sufficient time to engage in some of the contemplation and reading necessary for moving about more wisely in this world with our ever-increasing set of wicked problems. It also provides the space for taking in a book or three, a practice I neglect during my routinized day to day. So I have returned home from my retreat richer than ever, gleaning wisdom from both the silent and the written word.

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6 CN BC: LTE: Consumption Sites Not About WellnessSun, 20 Aug 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Verbrugge, Isolde Area:British Columbia Lines:45 Added:08/22/2017

Re: "Consumption sites save lives," editorial, Aug. 9.

Drug addiction is one of many problematic symptoms seen in our society today due to unfulfilled basic human needs such as love, community and holistic wellness.

It is shameful to call a supervised drug-injection site a "health and wellness centre." As a health and wellness professional, I ask: How does providing a place for suffering, vulnerable persons to poison themselves have anything to do with health or wellness?

Wellness is the "active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life," a "positive approach to living." Health is defined as a "state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

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7 Canada: OPED: The Opioid Interventions Canada Needs NowSat, 19 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Fischer, Benedikt Area:Canada Lines:110 Added:08/22/2017

Canada is in the grip of an unprecedented opioid crisis. An estimated 2,458 Canadians died of opioid-related overdose deaths in 2016 - more than the national count of motor-vehicle accident and homicide deaths combined. British Columbia reported 967 (mainly opioid) drug-overdose fatalities in 2016, and is on track for 1,500 in 2017. Alberta and Ontario have also seen substantial increases. Numerous interventions have been discussed and initiated recently - yet, the number of deaths continue to rise.

Part of this deadly stalemate relates to the fact that, underlying the opioid crisis are two paradoxically linked challenges - neither of which are adequately understood or addressed by current responses. On the one hand, a substantial portion of the present crisis is due to years of systemic and non-evidence based overprescribing, which put too many people, for too long, on too high doses, of opioid drugs. To counter this, excessive opioid prescribing levels have to be substantially reduced in order to prevent even more Canadians being exposed to opioid misuse, dependence and undue death. These sensible reductions in harmful opioid prescribing at the individual and population level are the central objective of newly tabled Canadian prescription guidelines.

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8 CN ON: PUB LTE: Pot Injunction Is A Waste Of TimeSat, 19 Aug 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Phillips, Wayne Area:Ontario Lines:31 Added:08/22/2017

RE: City seeks pot shop court injunction, Aug 10

When the ACMPR regulated medical cannabis program is considered in conjunction with the fact that more than 60 per cent of the Canadians who wish to access cannabis medicinally can't because of regulations which bear no connection to the objective sought by law, except to establish barriers, it stands as unequivocal proof of the commitment, logic, necessity, and viability of these cannabis shops.

With legalization pending within the next year, the only thing flagrant about the idea of a court injunction "seeking compliance with municipal bylaws" and having the Hamilton police be required to enforce the order is the huge waste of court time and taxpayer funds that will be squandered pursuing this injunction.

Wayne Phillips, Hamilton

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9 CN ON: PUB LTE: Help Drug Users Live A Relatively Normal LifeFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Shinder, Bernard Area:Ontario Lines:29 Added:08/22/2017

Kudos to Michael Spratt for an excellent article. However, he does not go far enough. Decriminalizing drugs and getting help to addicts is the first step. Many countries in Europe take the next step: creating a functional drug user.

What is the difference between a diabetic who must take insulin every day to keep alive and a drug user who can't stay alive without an injection of heroin? Both can take steps to improve their condition but, until they do, society assists the diabetic by providing insulin.

Making it legal to use heroin is only the first step in providing heroin so that the user can have a relatively normal life. That's enlightenment.

Bernard Shinder, Ottawa

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10 CN ON: PUB LTE: Cannabis Not As Harmful As TobaccoSat, 19 Aug 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Elrod, Matthew M. Area:Ontario Lines:55 Added:08/21/2017

The following is in response to the letter Marijuana worse than tobacco, which appeared Aug. 15.

To the editor,

Letter writer Don Edwards asserts that cannabis smoking causes more lung damage than tobacco because "marijuana [contains] several more carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) than tobacco." With the exception of the active ingredients, cannabinoids and nicotine respectively, cannabis and tobacco smoke are almost identical.

However, long-term studies of cannabis smokers have found that they are no more likely to suffer from lung cancer or COPD than non-smokers. In fact, some studies have found that cannabis smokers are less likely to experience lung damage than abstainers.

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11 Canada: They Turned To Medical Cannabis For ReliefSat, 19 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:Canada Lines:726 Added:08/21/2017

In less than a year, the government will legalize recreational marijuana. But, as Grant Robertson reports, growers may already be pushing for profits at the expense of customers' health

Scott Wood had been losing weight for weeks, and it was starting to scare him. His skin developed strange blistering rashes, his muscles ached constantly, and his lungs burned. He couldn't stop coughing, and he was spitting up gobs of thick, clear mucous that looked like Vaseline.

But the worst day came in October when Mr. Wood, 53, a family man and military veteran, collapsed at the grocery store. "I walked about five feet, and I couldn't get a breath," he said. "I was down on my hands and knees in the parking lot."

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12 CN ON: LTE: Marijuana Even More Unhealthy Than TobaccoThu, 17 Aug 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Edwards, Don Area:Ontario Lines:41 Added:08/19/2017

I was a volunteer for the lung association for 30 years. I was President of the Ontario Lung Association for two years and appointed to the Canadian Lung Association for two years.

During those years, I met many doctors who pointed out the dangers of tobacco to human health.

Those same doctors told me that smoking marijuana was even more unhealthy because marijuana contained several more carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) than tobacco.

The federal government is well aware of the tremendous costs to health care of tobacco smoking and yet it is proceeding with legalizing to allow the use of marijuana by selling it openly.

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13CN AB: $1.2m Pledged For Supervised Drug-Use SiteThu, 17 Aug 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:08/19/2017

Associate minister confident Ottawa will approve proposal for Beltway operation

A proposed supervised drug-consumption site at the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre will receive a $1.2-million funding boost from the province, as the number of fentanyl-related overdoses in Alberta continues to mount.

Associate minister of health Brandy Payne said the funds will go toward renovating the Beltline health centre that is expected to eventually house Calgary's first supervised drug-consumption site.

No timeline for the facility's opening has been confirmed, but Payne said the latest data on drug deaths across the province reaffirms the need for harm-reduction services.

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14 CN AB: Editorial: Facing Up To Ugly TruthsFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:60 Added:08/19/2017

One a day. That's the death toll fentanyl or its opioid derivatives are taking in Alberta each day.

It's a startling fact. And the problems are mounting, with officials saying that death rate is already moving towards two per day.

So when the province announces $1.2 million to help establish a supervised drug consumption site at the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre, we should all encourage government action.

The debate around safe drug sites is well known. Whether it should be done is for health and law enforcement professionals to hash out. We need to trust the experts to come to the right answer.

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15 CN AB: Fentanyl Deaths In Fort McMurray Already Nearing 2016 TotalFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Fort McMurray Today (CN AB) Author:Bird, Cullen Area:Alberta Lines:70 Added:08/19/2017

Halfway through 2017, Fort McMurray is already nearing its year-end total for fentanyl overdose deaths last year, according to an Alberta Health report released Wednesday.

A total of eight people have died from fentanyl overdoses in the first six months of 2017, compared to nine fentanyl overdose deaths over the whole of 2016. The report, Opioids and Substances of Misuse, shows that in the second quarter of 2017, a total of 119 people died in Alberta from apparent fentanyl-related drug overdoses, compared to 85 overdoses over the same period in 2016.

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16 CN ON: Policy Lessons Re: Pot In The WorkplaceThu, 17 Aug 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Meldrum, Emma Area:Ontario Lines:124 Added:08/19/2017

Timmins business owners had pot on the mind Wednesday morning.

About 40 people sat in on a presentation by lawyer Carly Stringer in the Schumacher Lions Den in the McIntyre Centre. The event, organized by the Timmins Chamber of Commerce, focused on employer and employee obligations and rights regarding marijuana in the workplace.

"Marijuana is going to be arguably treated in the same way as any other prescription drug," said Stringer. But: "Having a prescription for marijuana, it doesn't entitle them to be impaired at work. It doesn't allow them to compromise the safety of anyone on the work site."

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17 CN ON: Spike In Overdoses Alarms Health UnitThu, 17 Aug 2017
Source:Barrie Examiner (CN ON) Author:Browne, Cheryl Area:Ontario Lines:111 Added:08/19/2017

Psst. Pass the word along. Much like the warning at the '60s Woodstock concert to avoid the brown acid, authorities are warning today's recreational drug users to carry naloxone kits in case their drugs are laced with fentanyl.

"We're alerting recreational drug users that the MDMA (ecstasy) or cocaine they're taking could be tainted with fentanyl," said Janice Greco, manager of injury and substance misuse prevention at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU).

Greco is sounding the alarm after the health unit was warned of a spike in overdoses between Aug. 9 and Aug. 13 by its surveillance program at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH).

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18 CN ON: Oped: Cannabis Legislation Will Better Protect ChildrenFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Oakville Beaver (CN ON) Author:Oliver, John Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:08/19/2017

It may shock many Canadians to learn that 28 per cent of Canadian youths use marijuana - the highest rate among developed countries surveyed in a 2013 UNICEF report.

This means that if you know four youths between the ages of 11 and 15, one of them is using marijuana.

All Canadians should be concerned about this trend, because the younger someone is when they start using marijuana and the more often they use it, the greater the overall risks to their health.

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19 CN AB: Editorial: Facing Up To Ugly TruthsFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:64 Added:08/19/2017

One a day. That's the death toll fentanyl or its opioid derivatives are taking in Alberta each day.

It's a startling fact. And the problems are mounting, with officials saying that death rate is already moving towards two per day.

This is the kind of tragedy that spurred the province to offer up cash to help establish safe drug consumption sites in the inner-city.

While it is but one piece of the fight against opioids, it's an important one.

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20 CN ON: LTE: Marijuana Is A Bigger Health Risk Than TobaccoFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Peterborough Examiner, The (CN ON) Author:Edwards, Don Area:Ontario Lines:41 Added:08/19/2017

I was a volunteer for the Lung Association for 30 years. I was president of the Ontario Lung Association for two years and appointed to the Canadian Lung Association for two years.

During those years, I met many doctors who pointed out the dangers of tobacco to human health.

Those same doctors told me that smoking marijuana was even more unhealthy because marijuana contained several more carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) than tobacco.

The federal government is well aware of the tremendous costs to health care of tobacco smoking and yet it is proceeding with legalizing to allow the use of marijuana by selling it openly.

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21 CN ON: LTE: Marijuana Bigger Health Risk Than TobaccoFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Edwards, Don Area:Ontario Lines:39 Added:08/19/2017

To the editor: I was a volunteer for the lung association for 30 years. I was President of the Ontario Lung Association for two years and appointed to the Canadian Lung Association for two years.

During those years, I met many doctors who pointed out the dangers of tobacco to human health.

Those same doctors told me that smoking marijuana was even more unhealthy because marijuana contained several more carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) than tobacco.

The federal government is well aware of the tremendous costs to health care of tobacco smoking and yet it is proceeding with legalizing to allow the use of marijuana by selling it openly.

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22 CN BC: PUB LTE: Doctor Has It WrongThu, 17 Aug 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Elrod, Matthew M. Area:British Columbia Lines:43 Added:08/19/2017

Dr. Michael O'Malley asserted that "incidence of psychosis has already been documented by some of the states in the U.S., who rushed to legalization of marijuana." ("Pot stance off-base," Letters, Aug. 16).

There is no evidence that cannabis usage rates have gone up in the U.S. states that have legalized cannabis, much less that rates of psychosis have increased.

There is some evidence that cannabis strains that are high in THC but low in the anti-psychotic cannabinoid CBD, as well as some important terpenes, may trigger psychosis in minors so predisposed. Unfortunately, black market cultivators and dealers prefer such strains and they do not require proof of age.

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23 CN ON: City Councillor Asks Police Chief To Close West-End Pot ShopFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Blackmore, Olivia Area:Ontario Lines:45 Added:08/19/2017

Bay Ward Coun. Mark Taylor has written a letter to police Chief Charles Bordeleau asking Bordeleau to close a marijuana pot dispensary on McEwen Avenue.

The letter comes days after the west-side dispensary was robbed for the third time in two months.

"I am writing you today with respect to the CanaGreen marijuana location at 102 McEwen Ave. in my ward, its ongoing illegal activities and the repeated break-in events that have occurred there," Taylor said Thursday in his letter, which he also posted on Twitter.

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24 CN BC: PUB LTE: We Want Our PotFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Lipskis, Peter Area:British Columbia Lines:27 Added:08/19/2017

Your front-page article about "scofflaw" cannabis retailers fails to acknowledge the enormous consumer demand, without which the proliferation of marijuana shops wouldn't be possible.

Like thousands of fellow cannabis enthusiasts who have had to go to people's apartments for decades to buy weed, I welcome the refreshing change of being able to shop at decent retail outlets.

In this case, the people are way ahead of all three levels of government, who still don't have a clue about how they're going to regulate and sell the stuff.

Peter Lipskis, Vancouver

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25 CN ON: A Tale of Two ShootingsFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:McArthur, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:369 Added:08/19/2017

One of the Trudeau government's stated policy goals for ending marijuana prohibition is to divert the profits reaped by gangsters toward legitimate shareholders. But an investigation by Greg McArthur and Molly Hayes offers a glimpse into the insidious nature of organized crime, finding that criminal groups easily exploited loopholes in the federal government's old medical-marijuana licensing regimes

In the late afternoon of March 14 in the Toronto suburb of Woodbridge, a masked gunman jumped out of the passenger side of a black Jeep Cherokee, darted across a snow-dusted parking lot and unleashed a flurry of bullets into a black BMW. Thirty seconds later, he was back in the car, leaving Saverio Serrano - the son of a notorious Canadian Mafia figure and cocaine importer - wounded, and Mr. Serrano's 28-year-old girlfriend dead.

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26CN ON: Column: Decriminalizing Drugs No Fix For Opioid CrisisFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Adam, Mohammed Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/19/2017

Decriminalize or legalize crack and that will reduce the opioid crisis and save lives?

The hare-brained idea from Toronto that the country should consider decriminalizing or legalizing illicit drugs because current policy has failed is not just "crazy," it is insane.

It would be laughable if the issue weren't so deadly serious.

The worst of it is that Ottawa's medical officer of health, Dr. Isra Levy, supports this, saying Ottawa Public Health backs "new evidence-based approaches" on fighting drug addiction, including decriminalization. Also on side is the councillor for Ottawa-Vanier, Mathieu Fleury. "It's a crazy thought, but it is a crazy thought that might actually have some merit," he said.

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27 CN ON: Column: Legalizing Illicit Drugs Won't Solve Opioid CrisisFri, 18 Aug 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Adam, Mohammed Area:Ontario Lines:85 Added:08/19/2017

The hare-brained idea from Toronto that the country should consider decriminalizing or legalizing illicit drugs because current policy has failed is not just "crazy," it is insane.

It would be laughable if the issue weren't so deadly serious.

It is a crazy thought without any merit - and it has no place in the discussion of the serious problem of opioid addiction that is destroying many young lives in the city and around the country.

First proposed by a Toronto overdose panel in the wake of the deadly fentanyl crisis, it was taken up by that city's medical officer of health, Dr. Eileen De Villa, who said decriminalization of all illegal drugs could be the answer to the failure of the current approach to drugs. The key argument of the Toronto overdose action plan is that current policy has reduced neither the drugs, nor the supply.

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28 CN BC: Health Authority Issues New Opioid PlanThu, 17 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:109 Added:08/19/2017

The BC Centre for Disease Control issued a bold set of recommendations to address the province's unparalleled overdose crisis that includes providing drug users with clean opioids to take home and inject or allowing them to grow their own opium.

The recommendations, if adopted, would push British Columbia closer to essentially legalizing and regulating the use of drugs beyond marijuana - something many of the province's top drug policy and public-health experts have called for. It has taken on a new urgency, they say, with fentanyl's domination of the illicit drug supply, which has led to a dramatic surge in overdose deaths.

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29Canada: Column: Safe Injection Safest Answer We Can DeviseWed, 16 Aug 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Selley, Chris Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:08/19/2017

Harm reduction deserves benefit of the doubt

I suspect this generation of policy-makers, and the previous one especially, will struggle to explain to their grandchildren just what on earth they thought they were doing about opioid addiction. I don't mean the likes of Donald Trump, who seems to think a get tough policing approach - a "war on drugs," perhaps - might get the job done. I mean smart, reasonably compassionate Canadians, by no means all conservatives, whose worries about safe injection sites in particular look bizarre even today, when people are still using them.

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30 CN ON: Health Board Like A Drug Cartel: MammolitiWed, 16 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Jeffords, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:57 Added:08/19/2017

Toronto's Board of Health or drug cartel?

Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti asked that question in a tongue-in-cheek statement released Monday where he slammed the board for allowing a pop-up supervised injection site to operate in Moss Park over the weekend.

Drug cartels coordinate use of narcotics, establish territory and "silence politicians," he said in a statement.

"If you thought that those descriptions only apply to drug cartels, then you're in for a rude awakening," Mammoliti said.

The veteran city councillor, who has been a vocal opponent of the city's move to open three supervised injection sites, says there will be consequences for allowing the pop-up site to exist.

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31 CN ON: Editorial: City Hall Creates Its Own ProblemsWed, 16 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:63 Added:08/19/2017

After advocates for safe drug injection sites in Toronto set up an unlicensed, "pop up" one in a tent in Moss Park on Saturday, police announced they wouldn't close it down.

Their argument was that while such a facility can attract the drug trade, the recent crisis in drug overdose deaths, as the city scrambles to set up legal safe injection sites, is of more pressing importance.

We understand their argument but, respectfully, we don't agree. One tent in a park is symbolism, not an effective plan of action. Turning a blind eye to an unlicensed injection site, in our view, undermines the rule of law.

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32 CN ON: Hamilton Grow-Op Couple Still Guilty, Despite Charter IssueWed, 16 Aug 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:O'Reilly, Nicole Area:Ontario Lines:90 Added:08/19/2017

Horizon gave police evidence of high electricity usage

A HAMILTON COUPLE caught with a commercial marijuana grow-operation in their basement had their charter rights violated when a hydro company shared evidence of their high power usage with police, but that privacy breach wasn't serious enough to overturn their drug trafficking convictions, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled.

The case highlights questions about when and how police can access private data. One legal expert says it could have implications on how police access such data.

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33 CN ON: LTE: Legalizing Pot Will Yield Sky-High Health-Care CostsWed, 16 Aug 2017
Source:Sault Star, The (CN ON) Author:Edwards, Don Area:Ontario Lines:44 Added:08/17/2017

I was a volunteer for the Lung Association for 30 years. We advocated to help smokers quit and pointed out the dangers of smoking tobacco products. I was president of the Ontario Lung Association for two years and appointed to the Canadian Lung Association for two years.

During those years, I met many doctors who pointed out the dangers of tobacco to human health.

Those same doctors told me that smoking marijuana was even more unhealthy because marijuana contained several more carcinogens (cancer causing agents) than tobacco.

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34 CN BC: LTE: Pot Stance Off-BaseWed, 16 Aug 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:O'Malley, Michael Area:British Columbia Lines:36 Added:08/17/2017

I am disappointed and alarmed at the lack of balance in the editor's recent editorial on marijuana in the Citizen. He ignores the science that has clearly documented the neurotoxic effects of marijuana in the developing brain of the teenager.

Having worked here in Prince George as a family doctor for 31 years and since then for nine years as a G.P. psychiatrist I see the destruction that this drug is responsible for when it sparks psychoses in some individuals. The incidence of this condition will rise with legalization of this drug. This rise in the incidence of psychosis has already been documented by some of the states in the U.S., who rushed to legalization of marijuana.

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35 Canada: Weed Legalization A Budding DilemmaWed, 16 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Spencer, Donna Area:Canada Lines:135 Added:08/17/2017

Doping landscape is tricky for athletes as Canada moves toward legalizing marijuana

CALGARY- Canada's elite athletes are smoking, eating and investing in marijuana. Is a toke before stepping to the start line far off?

The Canadian government intends to legalize recreational cannabis by July 1, 2018. It's already legal for personal, recreational use in a handful of U.S. states.

Cannabis, hashish, marijuana, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are on the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list, but only during competition. When labs receive urine samples taken out of competition, they don't test for those substances, according to the Canadian Centre For Ethics in Sport.

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36 CN ON: City Will Open 3 Injection SitesTue, 15 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Jeffords, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:54 Added:08/17/2017

T.O.'s top doc says move is in response to opioid crisis

Toronto's will open three "interim" supervised injection sites this week.

Dr. Eileen da Villa, the city's chief medical officer of health, confirmed Monday that the opening of the three sites has been accelerated in response to the opioid overdose crisis.

The move comes a little over a week after the city said it would speed up the development of the sites from their original mid-fall scheduled opening. At that time, city staff were directed to open them as soon as possible.

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37 CN ON: Toronto Rushes To Open Interim Supervised Drug-Use SitesTue, 15 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Gray, Jeff Area:Ontario Lines:94 Added:08/17/2017

After a wave of overdose deaths, Toronto public health officials are scrambling to open interim supervised drug-use sites, including one in a harm-reduction clinic near Yonge-Dundas Square that could be operating within days.

The move, announced by the city's medical officer of health on Monday, comes after volunteer front-line workers and activists set up a controversial pop-up supervised drug-use site in an east-end park. The group, calling itself the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance, says the city has been dragging its feet in responding to the opioid crisis.

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38 CN ON: City To Open Interim Safe-Injection SiteTue, 15 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Powell, Betsy Area:Ontario Lines:84 Added:08/17/2017

Move follows weekend opening of unsanctioned site in Moss Park

After an unsanctioned safe-injection site opened in a downtown park over the weekend, Toronto Public Health has announced it will open an interim site where people can shoot their drugs in a safe environment.

The interim supervised injection services will be located at a site for which (federal) exemptions have already been provided, Dr. Eileen de Villa, the city's Medical Officer of Health, said Monday.

"We want to make sure that we're providing these interim supervised-injection services in a manner that's safe for the clients and of course for our staff."

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39 CN ON: Court Rules Rights Violated In Grow-Op CaseWed, 16 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Powell, Betsy Area:Ontario Lines:91 Added:08/17/2017

Police needed a warrant for hydro records turned over by local utility, ruling says

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that police investigating a suspected marijuana grow-op in a Hamilton home needed a search warrant to obtain hydro records from a local utility company.

The landmark decision sends a clear message to law enforcement agencies and hydro companies, says Toronto cannabis lawyer Paul Lewin. He argued the case on behalf of appellants Maria Del Carmen Orlandis-Habsburgo and Edwin Robert LeFrancois.

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40 Canada: Athletic Landscape Grows Hazy As Legal Marijuana LoomsWed, 16 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Spencer, Donna Area:Canada Lines:159 Added:08/17/2017

Canada's elite athletes are smoking, eating and investing in marijuana. Is a toke before stepping to the start line far off?

The Canadian government intends to legalize recreational cannabis by July 1, 2018. It's already legal for personal recreational use in a handful of U.S. states.

Cannabis, hashish, marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are on the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) prohibited list, but only during competition.

When labs receive urine samples taken out of competition, they don't test for those substances, according to the Canadian Centre For Ethics in Sport (CCES).

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41 CN ON: LTE: Marijuana Will Add To Health Care CostsWed, 16 Aug 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Edwards, Don Area:Ontario Lines:43 Added:08/17/2017

I was a volunteer for the Lung association for 30 years. We advocated to help smokers quit and pointed out the dangers of smoking tobacco products. I was president of the Ontario Lung association for two years and appointed to the Canadian Lung association for two years.

During those years, I met many doctors who pointed out the dangers of tobacco to human health.

Those same doctors told me that smoking marijuana was even more unhealthy because marijuana contained several more carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) than tobacco.

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42CN BC: Blunt Defiance By Pot-Shop ScofflawsWed, 16 Aug 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/17/2017

Marijuana dispensaries owe more than $1 million in unpaid tickets

The value of unpaid tickets issued to Vancouver's rogue pot shops is high and only getting higher, recently passing the $1 million mark.

While Vancouver continues to crack down on scofflaw dispensaries, the latest numbers show they're having limited success: as of this week, 64 dispensaries were operating without a licence compared to 31 working within the city's licensing system, while the city had issued 2,024 tickets to dispensaries with 406 tickets (or 20 per cent) paid.

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43 Canada: Organized Crime Backs Off In Run-Up To Pot LegalizationTue, 15 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Edwards, Peter Area:Canada Lines:59 Added:08/17/2017

'Disorganized criminals,' new law force mob, bikers away from meagre earnings

Once a relatively safe, profitable business for outlaw bikers and mobsters, organized crime is moving away from the marijuana market because legalization and homegrown pot are making any gain not worth the risk, experts say.

The market share in the pot business for organized criminals has already slid as pot-loving "disorganized criminals" perfected their horticultural skills. There wasn't much need to smuggle pot into the country when Canadian cannabis connoisseurs liked the homegrown stuff better, experts say.

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44CN ON: Illegal Pot Shop Robbed For Third Time This SummerTue, 15 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:McCooey, Paula Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/17/2017

An illegal west-end pot shop has not let a recent string of robberies run it out of business.

The CannaGreen shop at 102 McEwen Ave., off Richmond Road, was robbed for the third time in two months this past weekend. Late Monday morning, the front glass door of the business remained shattered, evidence of a Saturday night smash and grab.

The vandalized door was propped open, allowing for the scent of pot to emanate from the store that appeared to have patrons coming and going. Two employees - one behind a glass display case and the other behind a wall with a service window where customers receive product from the back room - would not comment on the incident.

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45 CN ON: LTE: Death To DealersTue, 15 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Favro, Norman Area:Ontario Lines:47 Added:08/17/2017

British Columbia recorded 935 deaths due to drug overdoses in 2016 and the number is projected to surpass 1,400 by the end of 2017. Approaches to this epidemic include the antidote Naloxone, injection sites, education etc. These are fine, but do not address the real problem, which is reducing drug availability by reducing the number of dealers and suppliers. Singapore has enacted laws which include capital punishment for dealers and suppliers of illicit drugs.

Draconian, yes, but if we as a society have to choose between the deaths of dealers who knowingly destroy lives and families, or deaths of thousands of our young adults, the decision is a no-brainer.

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46 Canada: Zero Tolerance For Pot Use With DriversTue, 15 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto 24hours (CN ON) Author:Artuso, Antonella Area:Canada Lines:70 Added:08/17/2017

There should be zero tolerance for pot use by drivers or their passengers, a new report by the Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario branch recommends.

The report, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, also says that all marijuana revenue should go to fund mental health and addiction services, and that the minimum age to purchase the product should be 19 years old.

"The risk is that legalization of cannabis may lead to an increase in use among Ontarians," Camille Quenneville, CEO of CMHA Ontario, said in a statement Monday. "When taken together, our recommendations can minimize the harms associated with cannabis use and support a public health approach to this issue."

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47 Canada: Zero Tolerance For Stoned Drivers: CMHATue, 15 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Artuso, Antonella Area:Canada Lines:72 Added:08/17/2017

There should be zero tolerance for pot use by drivers or their passengers, a new report by the Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario branch recommends.

The report, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, also says that all marijuana revenue should go to fund mental health and addiction services, and that the minimum age to purchase the product should be 19 years old.

"The risk is that legalization of cannabis may lead to an increase in use among Ontarians," Camille Quenneville, CEO of CMHA Ontario, said in a statement Monday. "When taken together, our recommendations can minimize the harms associated with cannabis use and support a public health approach to this issue."

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48CN ON: City Trying For Early Injection Site OpeningsTue, 15 Aug 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Doherty, Brennan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/17/2017

Officials in Toronto are trying to partially open three safe- injection sites months earlier than anticipated, due to a rise in overdoses and deaths.

Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's medical officer of health, said"interim safe injection sites" will be opened at three Health Canada- approved permanent sites until renovations to the long-term facilities are complete.

"We' re trying to open them as quickly as possible," she said, adding that, while she didn't have an exact date, the sites could be up and running in a matter of days.

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49CN ON: OPED: Canada Should Decriminalize All DrugsTue, 15 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Spratt, Michael Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/17/2017

Jailing addicts does nothing to stop substance abuse, says Michael Spratt.

Last week, Ottawa's medical officer of health, Dr. Isra Levy, pledged Ottawa Public Health's support for "new evidence-based approaches" to combat the problems caused by illegal drugs including - wait for it - decriminalization.

City Coun. Mathieu Fleury said, "It's a crazy thought, but it's a crazy thought that might actually have some merit."

Fleury should be commended. Where Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson had cast off the shackles of evidence-based thinking to stand against the city's first safe consumption site, Fleury's open mindedness is a breath of fresh air.

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50 CN BC: Column: We Humans Can Even Turn Antidotes Into AddictionsTue, 15 Aug 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Taylor, Jim Area:British Columbia Lines:121 Added:08/17/2017

B.C. is heading for another record year for fentanyl overdose deaths. Despite making Naloxone antidote kits widely available, the death rate is up 88 per cent over last year, which was also a record year.

Last year, according to figures available online, B.C. had 935 deaths from drug overdoses. This year, the province had 780 deaths by the end of June. If the rate continues, the province will hit 1,400 deaths by the end of the year.

But in the welter of data, I find two facts interesting.

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