RSS 2.0RSS 1.0 Inside British Columbia
Found: 200Shown: 1-50Page: 1/4
Detail: Low  Medium  High   Pages: 1  2  3  4  [Next >>]  Sort:Latest

1 CN BC: Drug Users Need To Be Part Of Solution To Overdose DeathsSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:101 Added:06/21/2017

VANCOUVER - Drug users are the solution to addressing overdose deaths and providing services to people before they die alone, says a woman who attended a meeting of health professionals in Vancouver trying to develop new strategies to deal with a growing crisis in B.C.

Karen Ward, a board member of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, was among about 20 drug users who joined doctors, including the provincial health officer, and the chief coroner at the all-day meeting Friday.

[continues 600 words]

2 CN BC: Column: Downtown Eastside Tours Objectify Those Living WithThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Slivinski, Ada Area:British Columbia Lines:53 Added:06/19/2017

Vancouver seems to have two seasons: Rain and tourists. Just as we make our way out of one, the other hits us full force. Nowhere is the throng of tourists thicker than Gastown, where they scramble for selfies with the steam clock.

Trying to get away from those tourists while out for a quick post-lunch walk, I wandered further into the Downtown Eastside than I normally do and was surprised to see the camera-wielding crowd didn't stop there. In front of me were a man and woman - her stopping to snap photos of people lying on the street and him loudly explaining what he saw as the reason those addicted to drugs and living in the area didn't try to help themselves and turn their lives around.

[continues 239 words]

3 CN BC: Editorial: Uncertainty Lies Ahead On Marijuana IssueFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Peace Arch News (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:53 Added:06/19/2017

Regardless of whether one agrees with the decision to legalize marijuana, that train has left the station and is scheduled to roll down the track on July 1, 2018.

The focus now must shift to how those changes will affect the rights of citizens, law enforcement and the courts.

Once the smoke clears, there must be clarity and consistency in how police and the courts deal with offenders under the federal government's proposed new impaired-driving legislation.

A ruling by Justice Nigel Kent on May 18 quashed a charge of impaired driving against a Vancouver man who, according to the police report, had "glassy red eyes," a "strong odour of marijuana" on him and pot grinders in plain sight in his vehicle.

[continues 184 words]

4 CN BC: Editorial: Making P.G. Pot CentralThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Godbout, Neil Area:British Columbia Lines:108 Added:06/19/2017

Five hundred years ago, back when Scotch was just whisky, almost everybody in Scotland could make and sell it. It was only 200 years ago, when the government started taxing sales, allowed the licensed distilleries to grow and shut down the bootleggers that Scotch started to become a thing. Today, of course, whisky is made around the world but only whisky from Scotland is allowed to call itself Scotch.

The similarities between whisky in Scotland in the 18th and 19th centuries and marijuana in Prince George in 2017 are many. The residents of a somewhat isolated northern region that's not too far from major cities are heavy producers and consumers of a beloved intoxicant. The government decides to legalize the product, partly to recognize the will of the people, but mostly to turn it into a lucrative tax revenue stream.

[continues 623 words]

5CN BC: Court Tosses Mandatory Sentencing LawMon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

The B.C. Court of Appeal has struck down as cruel and unusual punishment the six-month mandatory jail sentence for growing between six and 200 marijuana plants for the purposes of trafficking.

The high court decision, which echoed previous rulings that denounced as unconstitutional other former Tory tough-on-crime provisions, underscored the new federal Liberal administration's tardiness in fulfilling promises to review such laws.

The decision pointed out that sea-changes in social attitudes, to which the Conservative government seemed oblivious, must be taken into account and "energize" Charter interpretations.

[continues 741 words]

6 CN BC: Pot Shop Rules Yield Mixed ResultsMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Li, Wanyee Area:British Columbia Lines:92 Added:06/16/2017

One dispensary owner says licensing process is too strict

It's been almost two years since Vancouver city councillors adopted new pot-shop regulations, but after dishing out more than 1,600 tickets, the city is still dealing with 57 marijuana retail businesses that are not abiding by the rules.

That doesn't include the 38 dispensaries or compassion clubs that don't have licences but are exempted from ticketing because they say they are going to put an application together, said Kathryn Holm, head of licensing at the City of Vancouver.

[continues 453 words]

7 CN BC: Od Numbers Level Off, But The Crisis RemainsFri, 09 Jun 2017
Source:Coast Reporter (CN BC) Author:Eckford, Sean Area:British Columbia Lines:75 Added:06/14/2017

The Sunshine Coast's medical health officer says it would be a mistake to draw any conclusions from a slight drop in the number of overdoses being reported at Sechelt Hospital.

"We have more work to do," said Dr. Paul Martiquet. "We don't want to give any false sense of reassurance to the community that we aren't exposed to what the Downtown Eastside is - because we are."

Provincial statistics show April was the second-worst month on record for illicit drug overdose deaths in B.C., with 136.

[continues 431 words]

8 CN BC: Comox Valley RCMP Shut Down Athadawoosh Dispensary ThursdayTue, 13 Jun 2017
Source:Comox Valley Record (CN BC) Author:Haluschak, Erin Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:06/14/2017

A marijuana dispensary located on the K'omoks First Nation was shut down by police Thursday, resulting in two arrests and seizure of drugs and cash.

Cpl. Tammy Douglas of the RCMP Island District said in an email officers from the Comox Valley RCMP Drug Section confirmed the presence of marijuana and several derivatives in the storefront at the Athadawoosh Dispensary located on Comox Road after receiving information that drugs were being illegally trafficked out of that location.

Two individuals were arrested at the scene and later released, she added.

[continues 322 words]

9 CN BC: Instability Threatens Opioid FixFri, 09 Jun 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Ball, David P. Area:British Columbia Lines:66 Added:06/14/2017

Advocate fears lack of action due to power vacuum

A British Columbian mother whose son died from a fentanyl overdose is watching the province's political uncertainty with some unease since the May 9 razor-thin election.

With neither party commanding a majority of seats, government ministries have been treading water - maintaining existing programs but prevented from taking new policy directions.

Leslie McBain's 25-year-old son Jordan died of an opioid overdose in February 2014. She wants whoever takes power to listen to those most directly impacted.

[continues 329 words]

10 CN BC: MD Warns Of Party Drug OD RiskThu, 08 Jun 2017
Source:Alberni Valley News (CN BC) Author:Blats, Karly Area:British Columbia Lines:35 Added:06/08/2017

In the wake of the death of a 16-year-old New Westminister girl, who died on May 26 of an overdose, Island Health Medical Health Officer Dr. Paul Hasselback advises people wanting to take party drugs of the risks involved with uncontrolled substances.

Angel Loyer-Lawrence and a friend thought they were taking the party drug MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, when Lawrence overdosed and died. Her friend was also taken to the hospital but survived.

"Any uncontrolled substance is purchased with risk associated with it. Unfortunately we do see tragic events such as what recently occurred (in New Westminister)," Hasselback said. "There was some reporting out of Victoria of a pharmacy that was doing some lab testing that's showing fentanyl being incorporated into MDMA, which is Ecstasy, and I think that really speaks to the drug trade."

Hasselback said there are risks of an overdose any time fentanyl is added into other drugs.

"On the other handÂ…even if we just had well-controlled, quality drugs here there are risks associated with them as well," he said.

[end]

11 CN BC: Illicit Drug-death Numbers Continue To RiseWed, 07 Jun 2017
Source:Delta Optimist (CN BC) Author:Jacques, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:60 Added:06/07/2017

The number of illicit drug deaths in B.C. continues to be a major cause of concern, with April showing the second-highest recorded numbers in a single month in the province, according to the latest statistics from the BC Coroners Service.

Provisional data show that 136 people died as a result of illicit drug use during April, an average of 4.5 each day, and almost double the April 2016 total of 69.

The April deaths bring the provisional numbers for the year-to-date to 488, and they show that more than half of all illicit drug deaths involved persons between the ages of 30 and 49 years. Four out of five who died were male.

[continues 310 words]

12CN BC: Lions Not Worried About Pot PastFri, 02 Jun 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Willes, Ed Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:06/06/2017

NFLer will not test positive for marijuana here, because the CFL doesn't test for it

Frank Alexander is a 6-5, 275-pound defensive lineman who was picked in the fourth round of the NFL Draft and spent three seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

Before that, he played four years at Oklahoma where he was voted the Big 12's co-defensive player of the year and made the All-Conference team in his senior year.

Now, if that's all you knew about the 27-year-old Alexander, you'd take one look at his presence in Kamloops and wonder, "What on Earth is he doing at the B.C. Lions training camp?"

[continues 800 words]

13CN BC: Music Festivals Arm For Overdose RiskFri, 02 Jun 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Petrescu, Sarah Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:06/06/2017

'The new reality': Fentanyl test strips and naloxone kits are part of the mix

Vancouver Island music festivals are stepping up harm-reduction measures with fentanyl test strips, more naloxone kits and outreach in light of B.C.'s drug overdose crisis.

"If you're a festival organizer, it's imperative to have this on your radar. This is the new reality," said Emmalee Brunt, communications manager for the Tall Tree Music Festival.

The festival takes place in Port Renfrew from June 23 to 26 and is expected to draw about 3,000 people.

[continues 715 words]

14 CN BC: Overdoses In Schools A Call To ActionThu, 01 Jun 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Ball, David P. Area:British Columbia Lines:70 Added:06/06/2017

Experts discuss how educators can curb risks

Feeling connected is critical to avoiding problem substance use. Cindy Andrew

As New Westminster School District students continue to grapple with a tragedy that took the life of one of its 16-year-old students this week, and nearly killed another, experts have said their overdoses are a "call to action" for all schools.

Both teens overdosed on an "unknown" substance they wrongly believed was the party drug MDMA, local police said.

In Vancouver, several schools and teachers have been issued overdose reversal kits and training, Metro has learned. Several districts' substance use counsellors are raising awareness of fentanyl overdoses, and some teens even trained on overdose symptoms and first aid.

[continues 307 words]

15 CN BC: PTSD And Pot StudiedThu, 01 Jun 2017
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Siebert, Amanda Area:British Columbia Lines:107 Added:06/06/2017

B.C. scientists are conducting a study that is one of the first to compare the way different strains of marijuana might affect patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Leading the team of researchers is Zach Walsh, a clinical psychologist and an associate professor at the University of B.C.'S Okanagan campus.

For Walsh, the need for research that backs up claims made by veterans' groups, patients, and advocates has reached a critical point.

"It's the patients leading the way on this, and they're using cannabis, so it's our job as health scientists to figure out if it's working," Walsh tells the Georgia Straight by phone.

[continues 627 words]

16 CN BC: Avoiding Toxic WeedThu, 01 Jun 2017
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Smith, Charlie Area:British Columbia Lines:53 Added:06/06/2017

Should dispensaries and licensed producers be regulated in a manner 2 similar to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's oversight of food safety? The U.s.-based Cannabis Safety Institute published a paper in 2015 noting that "pesticide use is widespread" in the marijuana industry and recommended that laboratories "must be supplied with clear instructions" on which ones to test for. The institute also pointed out that heavy metals, including arsenic, can be found in soils and in poorly manufactured herbicides-and they can be absorbed by cannabis plants.

[continues 286 words]

17 CN BC: Cannabis Comes To The Rescue For WomenThu, 01 Jun 2017
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Siebert, Amanda Area:British Columbia Lines:186 Added:06/06/2017

When Andrea Dobbs began experiencing perimenopausal symptoms, she had no idea that her search for a remedy at a local dispensary would put her on the path to opening up one of her own.

Andrea Dobbs operated the Village Dispensary for a year before she smoked any of its cannabis. Amanda Siebert photo.

Now the co-owner of the Village in Kitsilano, Dobbs says her initial experience at a local pot shop in the early days of Vancouver's dispensary explosion wasn't ideal.

[continues 1302 words]

18 CN BC: Editorial: Legal Pot Poses Legal QuestionsWed, 31 May 2017
Source:Goldstream Gazette (Victoria, CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:57 Added:05/31/2017

A consistent model for enforcement will be needed once marijuana is legalized

Whether you agree with the decision to legalize marijuana or not, that train has left the station and is scheduled to roll down the track on July 1, 2018. The question we need to focus on now is how it will affect the rights of citizens, law enforcement and the courts.

Once the smoke settles, there must be clarity and consistency in how the police and the judiciary deal with offenders under the federal government's new impaired driving legislation aimed at reducing carnage on our roads.

[continues 275 words]

19 CN BC: Elsner Consulting For Pot SectorTue, 30 May 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Beamish, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:94 Added:05/30/2017

Frank Elsner, a former top cop in Sudbury who resigned earlier this month as Victoria police chief, has launched a cannabis consulting business.

Elsner, who is facing six misconduct allegations from his time with the Victoria department, is now the principal consultant for UMBRA Strategic Solutions, which will provide security consulting to marijuana businesses, according to a post on his Linked In profile.

A message signed by Elsner on the company's website says: "After a great career in policing I started Umbra Strategic Solutions. I wanted to do something that I am passionate about while utilizing my knowledge, skills and abilities." Elsner writes that he has "come a long way" in his thinking about harm reduction, community wellness and the role police play.

[continues 478 words]

20 CN BC: PUB LTE: Marijuana Was Not The CauseTue, 30 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Meyers, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:24 Added:05/30/2017

Dear Editor: A letter to the editor on May 23 claims that the driver whose car barreled into a crowd in Times Square, leaving one dead and 20 injured, was under the influence of marijuana. For the record, he was stoned on a potent designer drug, which mimics the effects of marijuana and is extremely dangerous, unlike nature's marijuana that has never caused an overdose in recorded history.

Jeff Meyers

Westlake Village, CA

[end]

21 CN BC: OPED: Bill C-244 Could Help Save LivesThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Albas, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:05/29/2017

As much as the House of Commons is often viewed as an adversarial environment there are also those times, albeit rare, when there is unanimous support for the passage of a Bill.

In the last Parliament I was fortunate to have unanimous support for the passage of my Bill to remove a prohibition era Federal restriction preventing the personal movement of wine across provincial borders.

Later the government would expand on this bill to also include beer and spirits. Recently in the House of Commons another private member's bill has received unanimous support and has also passed through the Senate and recently received Royal Assent.

[continues 355 words]

22 CN BC: Letter: Half-Truths About Times SquareThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Billesberger, Mark Area:British Columbia Lines:34 Added:05/29/2017

Dear Editor: When guys like Paul Crossley write letters that are only half truths, it really makes my blood boil.

Mr. Crossley claims that the Times Square killer was high on marijuana at the time he went on his rampage ("Driver was high on marijuana," Herald, May 23). This is a true statement.

What Mr. Crossley fails to mention is that it was synthetic marijuana (made in a lab) that was laced with PCP (more commonly known as angel dust) which causes unbelievable strength and hallucinations.

[continues 57 words]

23CN BC: OPED: Our Approach To Opioid Addiction Isn't WorkingFri, 26 May 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Oviedo-Joekes, Eugenia Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/29/2017

"Yes, and how many deaths will it take till he knows, That too many people have died?" - Bob Dylan, Blowin' in the Wind

Beginning in 1993, Justice Horace Krever led a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the tainted-blood scandal in Canada. Inquiries were held in other countries. One of the key questions was why people with hemophilia were forced to continue to inject blood products that were not screened for HIV, when newer and safer products were already available.

Criminal charges were laid in a number of settings. The Canadian Red Cross pleaded guilty to the crime of distributing a contaminated drug and made a large donation in exchange for six criminal charges being dropped.

[continues 613 words]

24CN BC: OPED: The Pain Of Losing Your Child To An OverdoseWed, 24 May 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Howard, Jennifer Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/29/2017

It's hard to imagine that a year has passed since May 21, 2016, when I received the news that is every parent's worst nightmare. I was told over the phone by the RCMP that my only child, Robby, had passed away from an overdose.

He was only 24, and a week later we learned from the coroner that he had died from an accidental fentanyl overdose.

Losing a child to an overdose is no different than losing a child to a disease such as cancer, or to a vehicle accident, or violence. You have joined a club that you never planned or wanted to be part of. Suddenly, the empathy you have felt for other parents' losses over the years has become a real and tangible thing in your own life.

[continues 616 words]

25CN BC: Elsner Blames 'Bad Blood' For His FallWed, 24 May 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/29/2017

'I need to get on with my life,' says ex-Victoria police chief, now a security consultant for cannabis businesses

Former Victoria police chief Frank Elsner has launched a cannabis security-consulting business and suggests the allegations that ended his policing career were the result of "bad blood" created by his efforts to change the culture of the Victoria Police Department.

Elsner said he was hired to "clean house" at the VicPD, and not everyone embraced his proposed changes.

"I was brought in to make the changes that were necessary and part of that was changing the culture of the organization from a reactive one to a proactive community-based one," Elsner said.

[continues 872 words]

26 CN BC: VANDU Names First Aboriginal PresidentThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Lupick, Travis Area:British Columbia Lines:73 Added:05/29/2017

At her office in the Downtown Eastside, Lorna Bird argued that Canada's drug laws actually hurt people a lot more than the drugs themselves.

"I lost two daughters to the war on drugs," she told the Georgia Straight.

The first one died of AIDS in 1994. Bird explained that at the time, Vancouver needle-exchange programs operated with a strict one-for-one requirement. That forced intravenous drug users to share dirty needles, spreading HIV.

In 2008, another daughter died of an overdose. Bird maintained that if she had been able to purchase drugs legally, from a supply that was regulated and, therefore, clean, she would still be alive today.

[continues 374 words]

27 CN BC: PUB LTE: Hemp Could Be RobustWed, 24 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Rathwell, S. Area:British Columbia Lines:44 Added:05/29/2017

Dear Editor: In response to Shelley Eberle's letter of May 20, "marijuana legalization is a bad idea."

Contrary to popular belief, usage rates among teenagers were monitored the last few years by Scientific American. After Colorado legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana, they found rates decreasing from 30 per cent of teens using in 2011 to 21 per cent in 2015. This has also been the case in Washington state as well as Portugal, as after marijuana was decriminalized, both usage and addiction rates decreased.

[continues 136 words]

28 CN BC: Health Canada OKs Consumption SitesMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Denis, Jen St. Area:British Columbia Lines:58 Added:05/29/2017

Vancouver will get one new site, while Surrey gets two

Health Canada is allowing three additional supervised drug consumption sites to operate in the Lower Mainland - two in Surrey and one in Vancouver.

The move fulfils a promise from Jane Philpott, Canada's federal health minister, to support and expedite applications to open more of the sites. At supervised drug consumption sites, nurses are present as people take illicit drugs and can assist in case of an overdose as well as connect people to other health or social services. Insite at 139 E. Hastings St., operated by Vancouver Coastal Health and the Portland Hotel Society, opened in 2003, while a supervised consumption site at Vancouver's Dr. Peter Centre has operated since 2002.

[continues 229 words]

29 CN BC: Column: Benefits, Risks Of Medical MarijuanaMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Roach, Keith Area:British Columbia Lines:77 Added:05/29/2017

DEAR DR. ROACH: What advice do you have for both doctors and patients for approaching medical marijuana use? What is your ideal vision of its future?

ANSWER: I look at marijuana as a potentially useful medicinal plant that has several potential downsides. One of the downsides is an unrealistic expectation of its usefulness by believers. I increasingly see claims that marijuana (or one of its extracts) can treat or cure almost every known disease. It also is hampered by its status as a Schedule I drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency, so high-quality research is difficult to do. Finally, it has been used for many years as a recreational drug (which is partially responsible for the first two downsides). This has led to resistance to the idea among nonbelievers that it might have legitimate use. The psychological effects for which it is used recreationally can cause it to be intolerable for some. Further, a small percentage of people (estimates range between 2 percent and 6 percent) have difficulty quitting the drug, even when they want to.

[continues 427 words]

30 CN BC: Column: Exploring Pitfalls, Benefits Of Medical MarijuanaMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Roach, Keith Area:British Columbia Lines:102 Added:05/29/2017

DEAR DR. ROACH: What advice do you have for both doctors and patients for approaching medical marijuana use? What is your ideal vision of its future?

ANSWER: I look at marijuana as a potentially useful medicinal plant that has several potential downsides.

One of the downsides is an unrealistic expectation of its usefulness by believers. I increasingly see claims that marijuana (or one of its extracts) can treat or cure almost every known disease.

It also is hampered by its status as a Schedule I drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency, so high-quality research is difficult to do.

[continues 557 words]

31 CN BC: PUB LTE: Booze Far Worse Than MarijuanaTue, 23 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Billesberger, Mark Area:British Columbia Lines:69 Added:05/28/2017

Dear Editor: This letter is in response to two recent letters to the editor with regards to the subject of marijuana and whether or not it should be legal.

The first letter from D. Simpson of Kelowna ("Marijuana not part of God's law, Herald, May 17), I am a little confused. If pot was not part of God's law, then why did He put it on earth to begin with? Marijuana has been around for tens of thousands of years (probably much longer.) Tell me, was alcohol part of God's plan? Did He plan to ruin families, finances, and lives? I thought He was a loving God. I will cite the quote used in the letter. In 2 Peter 1:3, "that we have been given all things that pertain to life and Godliness." This includes marijuana.

[continues 346 words]

32 CN BC: LTE: Driver Was High On MarijuanaTue, 23 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Crossley, Paul Area:British Columbia Lines:21 Added:05/28/2017

Dear Editor: Times Square driver was high on marijuana and we here in Canada have a government barreling ahead with plans to legalize the wretched stuff. Makes all kind of sense to me. Does it to you?

Paul Crossley

Penticton

[end]

33CN BC: Canada Urged To Set Up More Drug ClinicsSun, 28 May 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/28/2017

European experts say facilities like Vancouver's Crosstown can save lives, money in battling opioid crisis

Addiction experts from five European countries say their experience with prescription heroin programs have provided overwhelming evidence to suggest Canada should expand its one clinic to tackle the deadly opioid crisis.

Researchers from the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada held a symposium in Vancouver on Friday to share lessons they've learned from multiple clinical trials and years of treatment.

Wim van den Brink of the Netherlands told a news conference that some European programs started as a way to deal with the public nuisance of drug use but the medical health benefits improved people's quality of life and saved money in the criminal justice system.

[continues 487 words]

34 CN BC: Addiction Experts Urge Medical Heroin ExpansionSat, 27 May 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:68 Added:05/27/2017

VANCOUVER - Addiction experts from five European countries say their experience with prescription heroin programs have provided overwhelming evidence to suggest Canada should expand its one clinic in the midst of a deadly opioid crisis.

Researchers from the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada held a symposium in Vancouver on Friday to share lessons they've learned from multiple clinical trials and years of treatment.

Wim van den Brink of the Netherlands told a news conference that some European programs started as a way to deal with the public nuisance of drug use but the medical health benefits improved people's quality of life and saved money in the criminal justice system.

[continues 310 words]

35 CN BC: Debate Over Cannabis Dispensary License Lights Up CouncilFri, 26 May 2017
Source:Grand Forks Gazette (CN BC) Author:Saylors, Kathleen Area:British Columbia Lines:78 Added:05/26/2017

A report about a potential dispensary bylaw led to questions about city involvement in RCMP matters.

After City of Grand Forks heard a presentation on the potential legal ramifications of having a dispensary bylaw last week, questions arose from the gallery on the city's involvement in the recent RCMP action towards dispensaries in the city.

Dave Smith from Smithplan Consulting presented the report to council on the legal consequences and actions the city could take on dispensaries within city limits, which was requested at the March 13 Committee of the Whole.

[continues 411 words]

36 CN BC: City Calls For More Fentanyl Test StripsFri, 19 May 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Li, Wanyee Area:British Columbia Lines:46 Added:05/24/2017

Six people died from overdoses last week in Vancouver

As the number of overdose deaths continues to rise in Vancouver, the city announced it wants to see more fentanyl test strips made available to drug users.

The strips test for the presence of fentanyl and a nine-month pilot project at Insite found users who knew their drugs contained fentanyl were more likely to decrease their dose and therefore less likely to overdose.

It's an approach that could save more lives, said Mayor Gregor Robertson. "Our residents are literally dying waiting for both treatment options that will get them off dangerous street drugs and save their lives, and immediate interventions like expanded drug testing that reduce overdoses," he said in a press release.

[continues 111 words]

37CN BC: For Cannabis Crusader, Time To Call It A DaySun, 21 May 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Watts, Richard Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/24/2017

With major marijuana changes in the air, Ted Smith says moment is right to bow out

Ted Smith, Victoria's longtime cannabis crusader, is calling an end to his activist career.

On Saturday, the 47-year-old got together with friends in Beacon Hill Park to offer thanks, share memories and, of course, enjoy a few joints.

The time, 4:20 p.m. - once a release time from high school detentions - - was selected in remembrance of past misadventures with the rules.

[continues 502 words]

38 CN BC: LTE: Marijuana Legalization A Bad IdeaSat, 20 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Eberle, Shelley Area:British Columbia Lines:31 Added:05/24/2017

Editor: In response to S. Rathwell (letter to the editor; Weed Can Help Our Economy in The Daily Courier on May 17). Pot production might bring a few jobs, but the damage to our social fabric would heavily outweigh any gain.

Marijuana is currently a leading cause of substance dependence, and, if legalized, the increase in users and addiction would be large and rapid. Legal, recreational pot use is not a safe way to relax. It is a psycho-active, addictive substance that affects our youth in a very negative way.

Marijuana is the most commonly abused drug around the world. Those who support its legalization for recreational use fail to recognize that the greatest costs of weed are not related to its prohibition; they are the costs resulting from marijuana use itself.

Shelley Eberle, Penticton

[end]

39 CN BC: Richard's Rant Is Over Aids Activist DiesSat, 20 May 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Plant, Don Area:British Columbia Lines:75 Added:05/24/2017

Richard's rant is over. Richard Babcock, the tell-it-like-it-is AIDS activist who started the Okanagan's first compassion club, was penniless and living in a storage locker shortly before he died of pneumonia last month. He was 57. He chose to buy a vehicle instead of pay rent so he could get to his doctors' appointments, said his sister, Melody Kelly.

As a young man in the '90s, Babcock visited prostitutes and used needles to inject the cocaine he craved. Soon after he was diagnosed with AIDS, he became clean and started advocating for others afflicted with the disease. He could be abrasive, but at his core he was "just another human being - not as self-centred or as ignorant as I was," he said in a 2005 interview.

[continues 430 words]

40 CN BC: PUB LTE: Hemp Could Be Robust For B.C.Tue, 23 May 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Rathwell, S. Area:British Columbia Lines:42 Added:05/23/2017

Editor: In response to Shelley Eberle's letter to the editor on May 20, marijuana legalization is a bad idea.

Contrary to popular belief, usage rates among teenagers were monitored the last few years by Scientific American. After Colorado legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana, they found rates decreasing from 30 per cent of teens using in 2011 to 21 per cent in 2015. This has also been the case in Washington state as well as Portugal, as after marijuana was decriminalized, both usage and addiction rates decreased.

[continues 137 words]

41CN BC: Column: Beware Of 'Evidence-Based' Policy PositionsWed, 17 May 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Clark, Gordon Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/20/2017

A term we hear with increasing frequency is the claim that we need "evidence-based policy" on this or that public issue. With the possible new importance of the B.C. Green party - we'll know more after the final election count on May 24 - you'll be hearing the phrase a lot more as the Greens love the term like yogis love mantras.

"Evidence-based policy" started out as a medical term. Doctors wanted evidence on the effectiveness of a treatment before using it. It is the empirical method in action. Constant research examines how patients fare after various procedures, surgeries or drug treatments so doctors can know which treatments are best.

[continues 632 words]

42 CN BC: PUB LTE: Marijuana Can Help Our EconomyWed, 17 May 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Rathwell, S. Area:British Columbia Lines:44 Added:05/20/2017

Editor: This is in response to D. Simpson's letter in The Daily Courier on Monday, May 15, citing Matthew 15:11, "It's not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth."

I'm sure that if God looks around the way the world works now, He would have more pressing matters than worrying about a little cannabis, which is a plant and not a drug, as it requires no tampering or time in a lab, unlike grains to make alcohol or poppies to make opium.

[continues 173 words]

43 CN BC: LTE: Marijuana Not Part Of God's LawWed, 17 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Simpson, D. Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:05/20/2017

Dear Editor: In the New Testament, in Matthew 4:4, it states that "man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."

Further, it says in 2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

In 2 Peter 1:3, "that we have been given all things that pertain unto life and Godliness."

God did not intend for man to write his own laws that jeopardized his. He is the one taking care of our welfare, but we allow the elected officials of our government to dream up their big plans to get God out of society and do as they like to perfect his directions for life.

[continues 279 words]

44 CN BC: PUB LTE: Marijuana Is Part Of God's WorldThu, 18 May 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Meyers, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:32 Added:05/20/2017

Editor: Re: Legalized marijuana not part of God's law

On May 15, letter writer D. Simpson should have read the first page of the Bible before ranting about the alleged evils of cannabis.

In Genesis 1:69, God said, "Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire Earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed."

Nowhere in the Bible did God order people to lay off the weed.

In fact, there is much evidence that the anointing oil used by people back in the day was cannabis oil.

Jeff Meyers, Westlake Village, California

[end]

45 CN BC: CNV Slams Lid On Pot ShopsWed, 17 May 2017
Source:North Shore News (CN BC) Author:Shepherd, Jeremy Area:British Columbia Lines:57 Added:05/20/2017

Weeds Glass gets business licence plucked

Marijuana shops in the City of North Vancouver are in a green and grey legal area.

Council revealed a closed-session decision to deny business licences to Weeds Glass and Gifts on Marine Drive as well as LotusLand Cannabis Club on East Second Street at a May 8 council meeting.

Both of the rejected licenses included requests for medical and recreational marijuana.

"These companies could have waited until the federal government and the provincial government decided what they're going to do and how they're going to do it," explained

[continues 185 words]

46 CN BC: Fentanyl Test Boosts Dose-Reduction RateMon, 15 May 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:84 Added:05/19/2017

A pilot project operated by Vancouver Coastal Health has found success with a simple detection strip for the notorious opioid

Drug users who test their drugs and discover fentanyl are 10 times more likely to reduce their dose, raising the possibility that making such tests widely available could reduce overdoses.

That is one finding of a drug checking pilot project at Insite, Vancouver's supervised-injection site, operated by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). Launched last July, the initiative offers drug users the option of testing their drugs for fentanyl using a simple test strip, which produces results in seconds.

[continues 504 words]

47 CN BC: Cannabis May Help Wean People Off Crack, Study FindsTue, 16 May 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:92 Added:05/19/2017

Cannabis has been identified as a potential substitute for users of legal or illicit opioids, but a new Vancouver-based study shows the drug may also help reduce people's cravings for another highly addictive substance: crack cocaine.

Scientists at the BC Centre on Substance Use tracked 122 people who consumed crack in and around Vancouver's Downtown Eastside over a three-year period and found they reported using that drug less frequently when they opted to also consume cannabis.

"We're not saying that these results mean everyone will be able to smoke a joint and forget the fact that they are dependent on crack," said M.J. Milloy, an infectious-disease epidemiologist at the centre and senior author of the study. "What our findings do suggest is that cannabinoids might play a role in reducing the harms of crack use for some people.

[continues 476 words]

48 CN BC: Marijuana MedicineTue, 16 May 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Kieltyka, Matt Area:British Columbia Lines:80 Added:05/19/2017

Study finds cannabis can be used to help crack addicts

Marijuana could be used to treat people suffering from addictions to crack cocaine, according to a new study from the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU).

Dr. M-J Milloy, a research scientist at the BCCSU, told Metro that his team has seen "significant declines" in daily crack-cocaine use among a cohort of 122 Vancouver-area people with addictions who reported substituting the drug with cannabis.

Approximately 35 per cent of the people interviewed initially told researchers they would use crack cocaine daily.

[continues 369 words]

49 CN BC: LTE: Legalized Marijuana Not Part Of God's LawMon, 15 May 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Simpson, D. Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:05/16/2017

Editor: In the New Testament, in Matthew 4:4, it states that "man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."

Further, it says in 2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

In 2 Peter 1:3, "that we have been given all things that pertain unto life and Godliness."

God did not intend for man to write his own laws that jeopardized his. He is the one taking care of our welfare, but we allow the elected officials of our government to dream up their big plans to get God out of society and do as they like to perfect his directions for life.

[continues 280 words]

50CN BC: Column: Colorado Has Lessons For North AmericaFri, 12 May 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Wallace, Steve Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/15/2017

I recently attended the regional Driving Schools Association of the Americas conference in Denver, Colorado. Here are some of the things we talked about:

Many new teen drivers view sleep as a waste of time. Despite the fact that between nine and 10 hours is recommended for adolescents by the medical community, teens are getting not only much less than that, but poor quality sleep.

A polysomnographic technologist told us that studies show teens who get only four hours of sleep have about the same crash rate as a drunk driver. Sleep deprivation is a serious matter, especially for the young driver. Sleep before midnight is especially valuable and highly recommended for the youthful driver. Sleep specialists promote being in bed by 10 p.m. and up at 7 a.m. for teens.

[continues 509 words]


Detail: Low  Medium  High   Pages: 1  2  3  4  [Next >>]  

Email Address
Check All Check all     Uncheck All Uncheck all

Drugnews Advanced Search
Body Substring
Body
Title
Source
Author
Area     Hide Snipped
Date Range  and 
      
Page Hits/Page
Detail Sort

Quick Links
SectionsHot TopicsAreasIndices

HomeBulletin BoardChat RoomsDrug LinksDrug NewsFeedback
Guest BookMailing ListsMedia EmailMedia LinksLettersSearch