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1 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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2CN 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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3 CN AB: Opioid Therapy Changing LivesFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Cameron, Elizabeth Area:Alberta Lines:72 Added:02/21/2017

Advocates call for increased access to new drug treatment I don't need to stick needles in my arms anymore... I can work a normal job.

A new therapy is the most effective intervention to treat opioid use disorder and other associated harms, according a recent progress report from the office of Alberta's chief medical officer of health.

Opioid replacement therapy (ORT) prevents the agonizing symptoms of opiate withdrawal - allowing people to get clean and get their lives back.

"If I hadn't gotten on methadone, I'd probably be dead," said Chelsea Burnham, a 25-year-old mental health and addictions outreach worker.

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4 CN AB: Blood Tribe Police Dealing With Fentanyl Abuse DailySat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Villeneuve, Melissa Area:Alberta Lines:101 Added:02/21/2017

When it comes to fighting the illegal drug trade, fentanyl knows no borders.

Overdose deaths attributed to the illicit opioid are skyrocketing each year in cities, towns and on reserves in Alberta.

The Blood Tribe Police have not been immune to the effects on the community it serves to protect. They welcome the Alberta Government's announcement last week that police officers are among those who will be trained to administer lifesaving Naloxone, which temporarily reverses the effect of fentanyl.

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5 CN AB: Athabasca RCMP Are Reminding Motorists That Marijuana Is StillFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Griwkowsky, Catherine Area:Alberta Lines:46 Added:02/21/2017

After a spike in roadside drug seizures, Athabasca RCMP are reminding people marijuana is still illegal.

The past month has seen a spike in drug seizures through traffic stops, with approximately 10 grams of cocaine and methamphetamine and 300 grams of marijuana and marijuana products - such as hash and hash oil - in 15 separate incidents, said Cpl. Curtis Harsulla, spokesman for the Athabasca RCMP.

"Some folks think it may be legal soon, but it's not quite there," Harsulla said.

Typically, the traffic enforcement unit may seize 15 to 30 grams of various drugs every five days, he said.

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6CN AB: Not 'Party drugs': Council Assesses Fentanyl's ImpactTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Stolte, Elise Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/16/2017

Edmonton is battling a new drug overdose crisis that simply doesn't fit any standard assumptions, council members were told Monday.

Only 20 per cent of the overdose deaths from fentanyl last year were in core neighbourhoods. Young men in the suburbs are actually at a much higher risk, said city officials.

"This has gone beyond being an inner-city issue," said Mayor Don Iveson, adding those dying most often from illicit fentanyl and prescription opioid painkillers are taking them alone at home where no one is available to help when things go wrong.

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7 CN AB: Editorial: Co-ordinated Action Needed On OpioidsSun, 12 Feb 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:88 Added:02/16/2017

The fentanyl crisis in Alberta has been well documented. The harm the drug is doing to Alberta families, schools and communities has become a major public issue in the last two years.

It hasn't gone unnoticed by police and political leaders. Alberta's government has added more treatment beds for addicts and victims of overdoses.

It has also made sure more emergency overdose treatment kits are available in police and fire stations, on ambulances, at emergency departments, even in provincial jails and schools.

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8 CN AB: Equipped To RespondSun, 12 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:75 Added:02/16/2017

RCMP report success with naloxone kits

While emergency medical personnel respond to the bulk of drug overdose calls, RCMP and municipal police are increasingly drawn into the fray as the opioid crisis continues to take its toll on Alberta.

Postmedia has obtained preliminary data on how frequently RCMP members are administering naloxone on the job.

Alberta RCMP members have administered naloxone - an antidote used to reverse the effects of fentanyl and other powerful opioids - a total of three times since officers were provided with the nasal spray kits last October.

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9CN AB: Police Officers Equipped With Naloxone Kits Save Lives: RCMPSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/14/2017

While emergency medical personnel respond to the bulk of drug overdose calls, RCMP and municipal police are increasingly drawn into the fray as the opioid crisis continues to take its toll on Alberta.

Postmedia has obtained preliminary data on how frequently RCMP members are administering naloxone on the job.

Alberta RCMP members have administered naloxone - an antidote used to reverse the effects of fentanyl and other powerful opioids - a total of three times since officers were provided with the nasal spray kits last October.

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10 CN AB: RCMP Fentanyl Antidote Kits Help To Save DozensSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:63 Added:02/14/2017

While EMS and emergency medical personnel respond to the bulk of drug overdose calls, RCMP and municipal police are increasingly drawn into the fray as the opioid crisis continues to take its toll on Alberta.

Postmedia has obtained preliminary data on how frequently RCMP members are administering naloxone on the job. the information comes as the Calgary Police Service prepares to roll out its own fentanyl antidote kits and naloxone training to officers starting on Feb. 28.

Alberta RCMP members have administered naloxone - an antidote used to reverse the effects of fentanyl and other powerful opioids - three times since officers were provided with the nasal spray kits last October.

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11CN AB: Officers Carrying Naloxone Kits Can Save Lives, RCMP SaysSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/14/2017

While EMS and emergency medical personnel respond to the bulk of drug overdose calls, RCMP and municipal police are increasingly drawn into the fray as the opioid crisis continues to take its toll on Alberta.

Postmedia has obtained preliminary data on how frequently RCMP members are administering naloxone on the job. The information comes as the Calgary Police Service prepares to roll out its own fentanyl antidote kits and naloxone training to officers starting on Feb. 28.

Alberta RCMP members have administered naloxone - an antidote used to reverse the effects of fentanyl and other powerful opioids - a total of three times since officers were provided with the nasal spray kits last October.

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12 CN AB: Column: Readers Support Death For TraffickersThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Jones, Gifford Area:Alberta Lines:95 Added:02/14/2017

Last week, I wrote that unless we use Singapore's solution to hang drug pushers, we will never defeat the opioid epidemic in North America. This week, a strong response from readers.

A police officer in a major Canadian city writes, "Thank you for the temerity to write this column. I wonder why we have a law that says a drug is illegal, yet the law supervises injection sites to consume illegal drugs!" He adds, "Unfortunately our lawmakers do not have the gonads to protect citizens against flagrant abuses. Thanks for your valued columns."

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13CN AB: Fentanyl Victims Are Stigmatized, Advocates SayThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Logan, Shawn Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/11/2017

'These people aren't going out there to die,' enforcement unit officer insists

The victims of fentanyl, which saw its deadly toll reach new highs in 2016, rarely fit the stereotypes people sometimes imagine, advocates say.

"We're not concerned because we don't believe it can impact us in any way - but these are soccer moms and accountants and lawyers," said Rosalind Davis, whose partner Nathan Huggins-Rosenthal held an MBA and was a stockbroker when he became addicted to the opioid that ultimately killed him.

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14 CN AB: Locals Training In Fentanyl Overdose PreventionThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Villeneuve, Melissa Area:Alberta Lines:116 Added:02/11/2017

Several initiatives to combat opioid crisis

Expanding access to life-saving naloxone to fight fentanyl overdoses across Alberta will save lives, but more still needs to be done to combat the crisis.

In an AHS report released on Tuesday, there were 343 people who died of fentanyl-related overdose last year in Alberta. Sixteen of those were reported in the South Zone.

The government announced it is moving forward with several initiatives to combat the opioid crisis. This includes the delivery and training of naloxone for first responders and grant funding for support agencies in some communities to work towards establishing supervised consumption services.

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15 CN AB: Calgary Cops Push For Nasal NaloxoneThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Logan, Shawn Area:Alberta Lines:37 Added:02/11/2017

Calgary cops are hoping the province will ante up for the nasal version of drug designed to combat fentanyl overdoses.

A day after Alberta associate health Minister brandy Payne announced a ministerial order that would allow first responders to use an injectable version of naloxone, which helps control symptoms of fentanyl and other opioids, the city's police force asked the province to consider helping cover costs of the nasal variant, already in use.

"The CPs will be requesting the provincial government extend the program to include nasal naloxone as well as the injectable format" said spokesman Mike Nunn. "Nasal naloxone reduces the risk of improper use both for police members and the public."

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16 CN AB: Fentanyl Deaths Rise In AlbertaWed, 08 Feb 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Bennett, Dean Area:Alberta Lines:99 Added:02/10/2017

Overdose deaths reach 343 in 2016

An increasing number of fentanyl overdose deaths in Alberta has prompted the government to announce new efforts to combat the opioid. Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne says 343 people died from fentanyl overdoses last year - a 25 per cent increase from 257 deaths in 2015.

The total number of deaths was 117 the year before that.

"Opioid overdoses and deaths are a public health crisis in Alberta," Payne said Tuesday at a news conference at a downtown fire hall.

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17 CN AB: RCMP To Fight Fentanyl Problem With Dogged DeterminationWed, 08 Feb 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Villeneuve, Melissa Area:Alberta Lines:91 Added:02/10/2017

It's a deadly drug that's use is quickly growing across the nation, including our own backyard. Fentanyl, an opioid 100 times more toxic than morphine, is known to cause serious harm to individuals, including death.

To prepare for increased trafficking and save more lives, the RCMP is ramping up their training across Canada for police dogs and their handlers. The Coaldale RCMP currently has one police dog team - Cpl. Jesse Gawne and his canine partner Ejay - who will soon be trained to detect the illicit drug.

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18CN AB: Firefighters Join The Battle Against Fentanyl OverdosesWed, 08 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Gerein, Keith Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/10/2017

New provincial statistics paint an increasingly grim picture of Alberta's fight against fentanyl, as the NDP government escalated its efforts Tuesday to get more naloxone antidote into the hands of first responders.

Alberta Health's latest opioid report from 2016 suggests a deepening crisis is playing out across much of the province, where fentanyl was a factor in 343 overdose deaths last year - up one-third from 2015.

The statistics show the final three months of 2016 were particularly harsh. The deaths of 111 people were related to fentanyl in that time frame, more than double the number from the same period in 2015.

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19 CN AB: Firefighters Will Give Naloxone InjectionsWed, 08 Feb 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Slade, Gillian Area:Alberta Lines:101 Added:02/10/2017

Fentanyl overdose deaths in Alberta continue to rise, with 343 fatalities in 2016 alone; AHS hopes more emergency workers carrying the kits will help bring those numbers back down

Another initiative to help prevent opioid overdose deaths will have firefighters administering naloxone injections, Alberta Health announced Tuesday.

"Now firefighters across the province can administer injectable naloxone, giving them an additional life-saving tool when responding to an overdose call," said associate minister of health Brandy Payne.

Medicine Hat's firefighters do not currently respond to medical emergencies but that situation is being re-evaluated, said fire chief Brian Stauth.

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20CN AB: Denver Shares Its Pot LessonsTue, 07 Feb 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Klingbeil, Annalise Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/10/2017

Nenshi wants city prepared for legalization

Denver's Dan Rowland advised Calgary's city council to go slow, expect the unexpected, and introduce strict regulations and robust enforcement as Calgary prepares for the looming federal legalization of marijuana.

Denver, Colorado became the first city in the world to legalize recreational marijuana sales on January 1, 2014, and Rowland was in Calgary Monday to share what his city has learned at a lengthy council education session on the drug.

"Part of what I do is to help folks understand that this is not necessarily a game-changing experience," said Rowland, a citywide communications adviser with the city of Denver.

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21 CN AB: 5 Questions Brian Thiessen, LawyerSat, 04 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Tait, Carrie Area:Alberta Lines:90 Added:02/09/2017

Brian Thiessen chairs the Calgary Police Commission, the civilian organization that oversees the city's police force. He joined the board about a year and a half ago, as the number of deaths tied to opioid overdoses was exploding in Alberta, he tells Carrie Tait. Mr. Thiessen explained to The Globe and Mail why he supports supervised-consumption sites and labelling the fentanyl issue a crisis

What do you think the CPS should do to address opioid deaths?

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22CN AB: Council Readies Itself For Legal PotSat, 04 Feb 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Klingbeil, Annalise Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/09/2017

Calgary's elected officials will gather on Monday for an education session on marijuana, as the legalization of weed looms.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said council will hear from experts including officials from American municipalities that have already lifted pot prohibition.

"We actually have convened a panel. We've brought in some experts from other places to really talk to use about what the city's response and reaction is going to have to be from a zoning perspective, from a bylaw perspective and so on, on marijuana," Nenshi said.

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23 CN AB: 'Juana Know More?Sat, 04 Feb 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Klingbeil, Annalise Area:Alberta Lines:57 Added:02/09/2017

Calgary council goes to school on marijuana legalization

Calgary's elected officials will gather on Monday for an education session on marijuana, as the legalization of weed looms in Canada.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said council will hear from experts including officials from American municipalities that have already lifted pot prohibition.

"We actually have convened a panel. We've brought in some experts from other places to really talk to use about what the city's response and reaction is going to have to be from a zoning perspective, from a bylaw perspective and so on, on marijuana," Nenshi said.

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24CN AB: Man Gets 15 Months For Selling Drug-Laced SweetsSat, 04 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Parsons, Paige Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/09/2017

A man who pleaded guilty to running an operation that included selling drug-laced baked goods out of a west Edmonton music venue will spend 15 months behind bars, a judge ruled Friday.

Mitchell Scott Ennis, 49, appeared crestfallen when Court of Queen's Bench Justice Ken Nielsen announced a sentence of 25 months, before adding that such a sentence would be "unduly harsh," and reduced it to 15 months.

In June 2016, Ennis admitted to four counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime, possession of marijuana and breach of a recognizance.

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25 CN AB: Pot Baker Behind BarsSat, 04 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Parsons, Paige Area:Alberta Lines:79 Added:02/09/2017

Man who pleads guilty to selling drug-laced goods gets 15 months

A man who pleaded guilty to running an operation that included selling drug-laced baked goods out of a west Edmonton music venue will spend 15 months behind bars, a judge ruled Friday.

Mitchell Scott Ennis, 49, appeared crestfallen when Court of Queen's Bench Justice Ken Nielsen announced a sentence of 25 months, before adding that such a sentence would be "unduly harsh," and reduced it to 15 months.

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26 CN AB: Researchers To Study Treating Epileptic Children With CannabisThu, 02 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:78 Added:02/04/2017

As desperate parents of children with severe epilepsy turn to alternative therapies, researchers are launching a study examining the efficacy and safety of treating seizures with medical marijuana products.

"Parents are becoming more aware of the use of cannabis to treat epilepsy from social media and parent support groups," said Richard Tang-Wai, a pediatric epileptologist at the University of Alberta.

"Because there is little scientific evidence regarding the use of cannabis products in children, most physicians are reluctant to prescribe them, resulting in parents trying to make their own preparations at home or turning to suppliers who cannot verify the quality of their product. This adds to the urgency of doing studies like this."

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27CN AB: U Of A Joins Study Into Using Pot Oil To Treat Kids WithThu, 02 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/04/2017

As desperate parents of children with severe epilepsy turn to alternative therapies, researchers are launching a study examining the efficacy and safety of treating seizures with medical marijuana products.

"Parents are becoming more aware of the use of cannabis to treat epilepsy from social media and parent support groups," said Richard Tang-Wai, a pediatric epileptologist at the University of Alberta.

"Because there is little scientific evidence regarding the use of cannabis products in children, most physicians are reluctant to prescribe them, resulting in parents trying to make their own preparations at home or turning to suppliers who cannot verify the quality of their product. This adds to the urgency of doing studies like this."

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28CN AB: Drug House Shut DownTue, 31 Jan 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/04/2017

Police received almost 100 complaints

Neighbours living near a well-known Coventry Hills drug house are welcoming news that the address has been shut down by court order and will be listed for sale.

After more than 95 calls to police in just two years - including a violent hostage situation that rattled neighbours - the home at 71 Coventry Road N.E. has been boarded up by Alberta's Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit.

"That house has been nothing but a pain in our side for years," said neighbour Dustin Formos, who lives a few doors down with his three young boys.

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29CN AB: Researcher Links Playing Sports To Substance AbuseMon, 30 Jan 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Clancy, Clare Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/04/2017

Athletes who compete at an elite level may be at greater risk of substance abuse, a University of Alberta researcher says.

Laurie de Grace, who has interviewed 21 people recovering from addiction, wants to raise awareness about the potential link between athleticism and the use of drugs and alcohol.

"I was really surprised by the large number of people who had a substantial sports background," she said.

Her research, published in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise, focused on athletes who played sports such as hockey, rowing and baseball.

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30CN AB: Mayor Urges New Ideas To Tackle Opioid DeathsFri, 03 Feb 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Klingbeil, Annalise Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/03/2017

Calgary could be a 'test bed,' he suggests to federal health minister

Amid a growing opioid crisis, Mayor Naheed Nenshi has spoken to Canada's health minister about using Calgary as a "test bed for new treatment modalities," which could include safe consumption sites for drug users.

When he met with federal Health Minister Jane Philpott in Calgary last month, Nenshi offered the city as a place to test new ways of treating fentanyl and other powerful and often deadly opioids ravaging lives across the country.

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31 CN AB: PUB LTE: Go Green, JustinThu, 26 Jan 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Gross, Jon Area:Alberta Lines:30 Added:01/31/2017

Well it's almost February 2017 and marijuana has not been legalized. Well, you really can't blame Trudeau, because he is mostly traveling to different parts of the globe, so a lot of his work is not being done, but I am getting very impatient and can't wait for my first puff. It's supposed to be very good for you, good for the temperament, and is supposed help for my Tinnitus. So hopefully next time he's home he'll stay long enough to authorize and resolve it. Then he can go traveling. Sure hope this is soon so a fellow has a bit of relief from his issues.

Jon Gross



(You could try for a medical marijuana prescription, Jon.)

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32 CN AB: Column: I'll Pay The Minister Of Health $1,500 For AnMon, 30 Jan 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Jones, Gifford Area:Alberta Lines:90 Added:01/30/2017

Why would I want to pay $1,500 to have a meeting with the federal minister of health (MOH)? It's because of the old saying, "What's good for the goose is good for the gander." High profile people gain access to Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, by paying $1,500. I'm sure this fee isn't just to talk about the weather! So why can't I make a similar offer to the MOH? And also pay a similar amount to the Minister of Justice (MOJ)?

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33 CN AB: Researcher Looks At Link Between Sports, AddictionWed, 25 Jan 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Boyd, Alex Area:Alberta Lines:72 Added:01/25/2017

Some athletes more prone to substance abuse: Study

New research from the University of Alberta suggests there could be a potential link between sports and substance abuse.

Laurie de Grace set out to interview people recovering from substance abuse for her master's research with the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation - and found unexpected things.

"I was surprised by the number of participants that I had that had a strong sports background," de Grace said.

In a paper published this month in Psychology of Sport and Exercise, she wrote that the prevalence of substance abuse in some sports communities creates a greater risk of addictions for people already vulnerable to them.

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34CN AB: Calgarians Divided On Safe-Injection, Poll FindsWed, 18 Jan 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Logan, Shawn Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:01/23/2017

Even as the city struggles with a deadly opioid crisis, Calgarians remain split on the merits of safe injection sites, a new poll suggests.

The Mainstreet/Postmedia survey finds Calgarians are evenly divided on the thorny issue, with 41 per cent supporting the idea compared with 41 per cent who said they're opposed. Compared with 10 Canadian cities also polled, the percentage of Calgary residents who disapprove of the notion ranks the highest, tied with Saskatoon and Regina.

David Valentin of Mainstreet Research said the numbers suggest that while Calgarians are well aware of the perils of opioids, especially when it comes to fentanyl, providing a haven for drug users to either inject or ingest them continues to be a polarizing issue.

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35CN AB: Charges Dropped Against Marijuana DispensarySat, 21 Jan 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:01/23/2017

Owner joins provincial pot advisory group

One of the operators of an Edmonton storefront cannabis dispensary says he has joined an industry legalization committee after charges laid in a police raid were dropped.

Aaron Bott, his brother Colin Bott and his mother and stepfather, Janice and Bob Cyre, were charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and production of a controlled substance when their non-profit "compassion club" was busted in July 2015.

The Mobile Access Compassionate Resources Organization Society, or MACROS, supplied cannabis products from a shop on 118 Avenue to more than 1,000 customers with Health Canada medical-marijuana licences or prescriptions from a doctor.

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36 CN AB: Charges Dropped Against Local Marijuana Dispensary OperatorsSat, 21 Jan 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:79 Added:01/23/2017

One of the operators of an Edmonton storefront cannabis dispensary says he has joined an industry legalization committee after charges laid in a police raid were dropped.

Aaron Bott, his brother Colin Bott and his mother and stepfather, Janice and Bob Cyre, were charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and production of a controlled substance when their non-profit "compassion club" was busted in July 2015.

The Mobile Access Compassionate Resources Organization Society, or MACROS, supplied cannabis products from a shop on 118 Avenue to more than 1,000 customers with Health Canada medical-marijuana licences or prescriptions from a doctor.

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37CN AB: Injection Sites Get Tepid Support In PollWed, 18 Jan 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:01/20/2017

47 per cent in favour as city set to host consultations

Almost half of Edmontonians support offering safe injection sites to drug addicts, according to new results from a Mainstreet/ Postmedia survey.

In a random survey of 614 Edmonton residents, 47 per cent said they support the idea of having safe injection sites - where drug addicts can inject illegal drugs under supervision - in the city.

As city officials prepare to host a series of public consultations on the proposed opening of up to four medically supervised injection sites in Edmonton, Ward 6 Coun. Scott McKeen said he expects access to information about injection sites will only increase that level of support.

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38 CN AB: PUB LTE: Reefer MadnessMon, 16 Jan 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Symington, Bruce Area:Alberta Lines:39 Added:01/17/2017

I write in response to the column by Senator Betty Unger published in the Jan. 11 Sun. I write as a citizen with a serious question for one of my Senators. These are legislators who have the power to make laws which affect all of us. It is imperative that they have a full understanding of the subjects on which they rule. So here is my question: Canada claims to be a free society. In a free society, there are limitations on freedom where there is a good justification. Traffic laws are examples. For a limitation to be acceptable, it must be demonstrable that there is a significant harm to be avoided and that there is no other realistic way to avoid that harm. If our laws do not adhere to that standard, then we are not a free society. I want to live as freely as possible, as do most Canadians. The lies which led to cannabis being made illegal in the first place have been thoroughly refuted. Prohibition has been a proven failure at controlling drug use. With that understanding, ! I ask you to justify the continuation of restrictions on Canadians' use of cannabis (marijuana). My question is: Why is pot illegal?

Bruce Symington

Medicine Hat



(We're moving toward legalization.)

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39 CN AB: Pot Policy In The WorksMon, 16 Jan 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Maimann, Kevin Area:Alberta Lines:55 Added:01/17/2017

Local businesses concerned over medical marijuana in the workplace

Edmonton's Chamber of Commerce is developing a policy to deal with medical marijuana in the workplace as concerns mount among employers and workers.

Some workers have spoken out to say they've been treated unfairly at work because of their prescription to the substance, and last week Canada's biggest law firm named medical pot as one of 2017's Top 10 business risks.

"We are in the process right now of talking to experts and formulating some recommendations to put forward," said Janet Riopel, the Chamber's president and CEO. "We're trying to work on this as quickly as possible."

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40CN AB: Illegal Pot Shop In Banff Shut DownThu, 12 Jan 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Katz, Daniel Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:01/12/2017

Banff police have shut down a shop illegally selling marijuana.

The shop's nine employees were arrested Tuesday and charged with trafficking and possession for the purposes of trafficking.

Banff RCMP acting Supt. Stan Andronyk said it became obvious Canna Clinic, which opened last month at 229 Bear St., was selling the products in a retail setting.

"It's illegal to do that," he said. "We obtained a search warrant to go in and conduct an investigation and search for the drugs."

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41CN AB: Edmonton DJ Champions Naloxone Kit To Treat City's OpioidWed, 11 Jan 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Clancy, Clare Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:01/12/2017

An Edmonton DJ says he wants a "call to arms" to encourage artists and venues to carry naloxone kits in an effort to curb the number of opioid-related deaths in the city.

Dragan Jargic, who performs as DJ Dragon, said he recently picked up one of the injectable packs used to combat fentanyl as a harm-reduction measure.

"I took it upon myself as a personal thing to make sure there's one kit around," he said. "So many people are unwittingly using fentanyl.

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42 CN AB: Column: Green Path The Wrong OneWed, 11 Jan 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Unger, Betty Area:Alberta Lines:97 Added:01/12/2017

Prime Minister Trudeau's pot legalization plan bad for the country's young people

Last summer the Trudeau government established a task force to study marijuana legalization and regulation.

Their mandate was to consult with Canadians about developing a framework for legal access to marijuana (cannabis).

The task force's report was released shortly before Christmas and provided numerous recommendations regarding legalization.

Regrettably, however, it did not comment on whether the government is taking Canada in the right direction since this was not part of its mandate.

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43CN AB: Pot Shop Push Heats Up LocallyWed, 11 Jan 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:01/12/2017

The owners of a new Edmonton cannabis information centre hope they can spark the city's interest in permitting local retail marijuana sales.

The Green Room opened a storefront operation at 8126 Gateway Blvd. last month that gives medical marijuana advice and Skype consultations with a Vancouver doctor. It also sells memberships so people can buy products at the company's six B.C. dispensaries.

"We're here to provide information to people seeking access and consultation with a health-care practitioner ... in hopes of becoming a dispensary once the city allows it," Green Room president Frederick Pels said.

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44 CN AB: PUB LTE: Poverty Drives Drug EpidemicMon, 09 Jan 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Blakley, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:25 Added:01/10/2017

Leave it to a University of Calgary political science professor to connect legal pot to the fentanyl crisis. These people are afraid to take cold medicine.

Marijuana is only illegal because of turn-of-the-century racism, and the overdose epidemic has been allowed to escalate because the victims are poor. It's the so-called Calgary School's world view manifest.

Reid Blakley, Vancouver, B.C.

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45 CN AB: Legalized Marijuana Hurts Youth: SenatorWed, 04 Jan 2017
Source:South Peace News, The (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:53 Added:01/07/2017

A Canadian Senator with roots in the Peace Country is deeply concerned with the Liberal government's intention to legalize marijuana.

"We are clearly headed in the wrong direction and our young people will be the most victimized due to the damage that marijuana causes to a young person's brain development," Senator Betty Unger states in a news release dated Dec. 14.

She responded to the final report of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, a process led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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46 CN AB: Medical Marijuana User Tired Of Being Treated Like 'AThu, 05 Jan 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Maimann, Kevin Area:Alberta Lines:61 Added:01/06/2017

Switching from opioids to medical marijuana was a personal triumph for a 27-year-old Alberta woman living with endometriosis.

But Dana, whose real name Metro is withholding to protect her identity, says the drug that gave her a new life has caused nothing but problems with her employers.

"I thought that once I got a prescription and I was off of the opiates, and I was a better worker and a more reliable worker, I would be treated like the tax paying, law abiding adult that I am," she said.

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47 CN AB: AHS: Biggest Increase In Overdose Emergencies Related ToWed, 04 Jan 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Slade, Gillian Area:Alberta Lines:83 Added:01/06/2017

The biggest increase in drug overdose emergencies relates to heroin use, says Alberta Health Services.

Poisoning by heroin in 2015 accounted for three emergency department visits. That number shot up to 12 in the first 10 months of 2016 alone, across Alberta Health Services' south zone, which includes Medicine Hat and Lethbridge.

Across Alberta there were 338 heroin related emergency department visits in 2015. From Jan. 1, 2016 to Oct. 31, 2016 only there were 513 visits.

There were 257 deaths associated with fentanyl in the south zone in 2015. In only the first six months of 2016 that number reached 153, said a spokesperson for AHS.

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48CN AB: Column: British Columbia Shows Us What Happens When We Go ToWed, 04 Jan 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Cooper, Barry Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:01/04/2017

Albertans might be forgiven for thinking the whole province is stoned

Visiting British Columbia is like going to a foreign land without using your passport.

Having spent most of my early life there, it's always fun to see how much has changed. When I was a kid, for example, there was a major moral panic over marijuana use and another about Vancouver being the heroin gateway to North America.

The drug scene today is the opposite of a moral panic. It's more a matter of everyday complacency. With pot soon to be legal across the country, B.C. provides a glimpse of our future. Indeed, if you wander through B.C. today, as we did over the Christmas break, more or less normal Albertans might be forgiven for thinking the whole province is stoned.

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49 CN AB: Legal Uncertainty Keeps Cannabidiol Off ShelvesTue, 03 Jan 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Maimann, Kevin Area:Alberta Lines:59 Added:01/04/2017

Substance not psychoactive, used for pain, and anxiety

Some Edmonton vape shops are pulling products containing a substance derived from cannabis, amid confusion over its legality.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is illegal for anyone to purchase without a prescription, under the federal Controlled Substances and Drugs Act. The substance is not psychoactive - it's tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and not CBD that gets users high - which may be where the confusion comes in.

Until late December, Digital Imports carried CBDfx, a vape additive derived from hemp plants that contains concentrated CBD, with the understanding that it was legal.

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50 CN AB: PUB LTE: Pot WorriesSun, 01 Jan 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Dollimount, D. Area:Alberta Lines:43 Added:01/02/2017

I have no problem with legalizing marijuana, in fact I have felt most of my life that the government missed the boat on the profits of it, and that smoking it is safer then alcohol. Reason being is that you can only get so "high" and even if you chain smoked it, you don't get higher, just probably a headache from too much smoke. I don't believe there will be a huge new crowd of smokers, weed has always been there, and very easy to find. Drinking too much though, can lead to severe intoxication, blackouts, loss of motor skills and even death from alcohol poisoning.

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