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1CN BC: Drug Users' Network A Leader In Prevention For Two DecadesMon, 17 Jul 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/19/2017

A copy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms graces a wall around the corner from where a woman lies on the floor as a needle full of heroin is injected into her neck.

She rises quickly, sweeps her long brown hair over one shoulder and sits on a chair as a man is handed a needle by another woman also wanting his help at an overdose prevention site located at the office of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users.

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2CN ON: Core Residents Target Drugs, CrimeTue, 11 Jul 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Wilhelm, Trevor Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/14/2017

Meeting focuses on solutions to problems plaguing the downtown

Billie Werner is getting tired of chasing away prostitutes.

The Vera Place resident was among a couple of dozen downtown denizens who met Monday with Ward 3 Coun. Rino Bortolin to discuss fighting the crime, drug abuse and prostitution plaguing their streets.

Werner's main concern was the abandoned buildings near her home and the trouble they attract, including drug addicts and prostitutes.

"There are a couple girls that I've tried to chase off our block," she said. "But I'm only one person, so it's very hard to get them to go. The abandoned houses, with people not keeping their properties clean, so we're constantly having to call 311 to get them to come out and clean up the houses and the trash being thrown all over the place."

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3 CN BC: Column: Why Addicts Still Play Russian Roulette With FentanylTue, 11 Jul 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Tieleman, Bill Area:British Columbia Lines:67 Added:07/14/2017

"People doing drugs now are dope-sick and it's so painful, you'd rather die." - Constance Barnes, Overdose Prevention Society

The day you read this column, four people in British Columbia will die of a drug overdose, two-thirds due to the powerful opioid fentanyl.

That means 1,500 people will die in just one year. It's the equivalent of four jumbo jets loaded with passengers crashing at Vancouver International Airport in 12 months - unthinkable.

Yet many people ask: Why would anyone in their right mind play Russian roulette with their life by taking cocaine, ecstasy or heroin that could be laced with deadly fentanyl?

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4 CN ON: OD Visits To Hospitals SpikeWed, 12 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Ottawa, CN ON) Author:Delamont, Kieran Area:Ontario Lines:56 Added:07/14/2017

June a record for number of people treated for overdoses

At least 134 people were admitted to Ottawa emergency departments for suspected drug overdoses during the month of June, according to data from Ottawa Public Health, as the overdose crisis continues to deepen in Ontario.

That brings the number to at least 735 emergency room visits in 2017 - a 25 per cent increase in overdoses compared with the same period in 2016.

In the final week of June, 42 people were treated for overdoses, the highest number of cases since Ottawa began recording the data in late 2015. During the first week of July, the number dipped slightly to 35.

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5 CN MB: Folk Festival Stocks Up On Naloxone KitsFri, 07 Jul 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Sanders, Carol Area:Manitoba Lines:77 Added:07/10/2017

FOR the first time, naloxone kits will be available at the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Festival spokeswoman Kelly Romas said Thursday any of the event's 60 first-aid volunteers can administer the medication that reverses the effect of an opioid overdose, which can slow down or stop a person's breathing.

More than 100 Manitobans die from overdose every year and opioids are most often involved, says Street Connections, the Winnipeg-based health agency that supports harm-reduction and provides health care to people on the street.

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6 CN ON: Column: Perception Of Drug Use Needs To ChangeThu, 06 Jul 2017
Source:Packet & Times (CN ON) Author:Fallis, Jay Area:Ontario Lines:95 Added:07/10/2017

Following the federal government's announcement that approval for supervised drug-injection sites would be made more obtainable, the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre (SHCHC) in Ottawa became one of the first to submit an application. After receiving confirmation provincial funding would be provided earlier this year, the centre is anxiously awaiting final federal approval.

I visited the SHCHC to speak with Rob Boyd. He is a former Orillia resident, and director of the Oasis Program largely responsible for the SHCHC's drug-treatment services. We sat down, in the room where the supervised injection site is planned to be established, to discuss what will be the centre's newest initiative.

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7 CN ON: OPED: Mental Health Woes Play Role In Fentanyl CrisisWed, 05 Jul 2017
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, CN ON) Author:McIntosh, Diane Area:Ontario Lines:113 Added:07/07/2017

We're in the midst of an unprecedented health crisis, with fentanyl-related overdoses causing the death of thousands of Canadians. I believe this crisis is due, to a great extent, to the wilful blindness of all levels of government to the inadequate resourcing of mental-health care.

Whether due to stigma, poor insight, hopelessness or lack of access to care, many people who are mentally ill suffer in silence, sometimes for years. For some, this leads to a reliance on "self-medication" to cope with their symptoms. This term refers to the use of inappropriate or unhealthy measures to relieve the distress and pain of a mental illness. Self-medication can take many forms: alcohol and cannabis are most common, but other illicit substances, food or other forms of escape are also common.

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8 US NY: Schools, On Guard Against Deadly Opioids, Stock NaloxoneTue, 04 Jul 2017
Source:Newsday (NY) Author:Tyrrell, Joie Area:New York Lines:162 Added:07/05/2017

School districts on Long Island and statewide are stocking naloxone onsite in school buildings to have the opioid antidote at the ready because of the growing issue of abuse of the deadly drugs, educators and health officials said.

At least 340 schools across the state, including dozens on Long Island, have provided training for school nurses or other personnel about how to administer naloxone, according to the state Education Department.

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, based in Westbury, also has seen interest grow in instructing school personnel about the antidote, said Reisa Berg, director of education and prevention.

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9 CN ON: Region Gets $250,000 To Boost Opioid InitiativesFri, 30 Jun 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Weidner, Johanna Area:Ontario Lines:68 Added:07/04/2017

WATERLOO REGION - Provincial funding worth $250,000 will allow the Region of Waterloo to hire 2.5 full-time staff to focus on the opioid crisis.

"So far that's all the information we have. We're still waiting for more details," medical officer of health Dr. Liana Nolan told regional council at a Wednesday meeting.

The money comes out of the new Ontario opioid strategy announced last October by the Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins.

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10CN BC: OPED: Fentanyl Scourge Tied To Mental Health CrisisSun, 02 Jul 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:McIntosh, Diane Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/04/2017

We're in the midst of an unprecedented health crisis, with fentanyl-related overdoses causing the death of thousands of Canadians. I believe this crisis is due, to a great extent, to the wilful blindness of all levels of government through the inadequate resourcing of mental health care.

Whether blamed on stigma, poor insight, hopelessness or lack of access to care, many people who are mentally ill suffer in silence, sometimes for years.

For some, this leads to a reliance on self-medication to cope with their symptoms. This term refers to the use of inappropriate or unhealthy measures to relieve the distress and pain of a mental illness. Self-medication can take many forms: alcohol and cannabis are most common, but other illicit substances, food or other forms of escape are also common.

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11 CN BC: Two Supervised Sites Approved For Taking Nasal And Oral DrugsWed, 28 Jun 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:102 Added:07/03/2017

Two sites in the Vancouver region have become the first in Canada to receive federal approval to allow users to snort or swallow drugs while under supervision.

Until now, supervised drug-consumption sites have been limited to injection drug users. Two sites have been operating in Vancouver for more than a decade, while others have recently received approval in the Vancouver area, Montreal and Toronto.

The two sites approved to expand services to non-injectable drugs are in Surrey, south of Vancouver. The public SafePoint supervised-consumption site, located on what's known as the "Surrey Strip," opened three weeks ago. The Quibble Creek Sobering and Assessment Centre began offering supervised consumption for clients one week ago.

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12CN AB: Beltline Cautiously Welcomes Supervised Consumption SiteWed, 28 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2017

Some local residents against proposed facility, fear impact on property values

Maintenance staff and volunteers at First Baptist have gotten used to finding needles and other drug paraphernalia while tidying the flower beds belonging to the historic Beltline church.

"All the time. We have a lot of needles. Now we've got special devices to pick them up because it's not safe," said Jose Gongora, head of maintenance for the church.

"Our volunteers are very worried and concerned because these guys use needles and just drop it everywhere."

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13CN BC: Drug Sites No Longer Injection-OnlyWed, 28 Jun 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2017

Harm Reduction: Health Canada allows use of oral and intra-nasal substances at new consumption sites

Harm reduction advocates in Surrey say federal approval allowing drug users to use orally and nasally - and not just by injection - at two supervised consumption sites is long overdue and will save lives.

Health Canada on Tuesday approved Fraser Health's request to provide supervised consumption of oral and intra-nasal substances - the first time such an exemption has been granted in Canada - at SafePoint on 135A Street, which opened on June 8, and Quibble Creek Sobering and Assessment Centre on 94A Avenue, which began providing supervised consumption services on June 20.

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14 US CA: Editorial: Safe Injections Centers Are Not Opium DensSat, 24 Jun 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Rycroft, Rick Area:California Lines:96 Added:06/24/2017

Government-sanctioned and supported "supervised injection centers," where addicts can bring their illicitly obtained drugs and shoot up with little fear of arrest or a fatal overdose, have been in service in Europe for decades.

There's only one in all of North America, though. It's in Canada -- a Vancouver, Canada, center called Insite. Research found that after the center opened in 2003 fatal drug overdoses decreased by 35% in the nearby community. Earlier this month Canadian officials authorized injection centers in Montreal, Toronto and other cities.

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15 CN AB: LTE: Put Safe Injection Site In City HallThu, 22 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Lieber, Eugene Area:Alberta Lines:24 Added:06/22/2017

Re. "Communities object to concentration of drug injection sites," June 19

Since city council insists that safe injection sites go into those four areas, how come it is not a good idea to have one in City Hall, perhaps in the mayor's office?

It would be nice and central. There are obviously two sets of rules for them and those that pay the bills.

Eugene Lieber, Edmonton

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16 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.

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17CN QU: Parents Want Injection Site MovedWed, 21 Jun 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Loewen, Claire Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:06/21/2017

On school corridor and feared too close to Marguerite-Bourgeoys elementary

Parents at a downtown Montreal elementary school say a safe-injection site in their neighbourhood should be moved.

In September, Spectre de rue, an intervention centre for drug users, will begin operating a supervised injection site. The centre is on the corner of Ontario St. and Visitation Ave., about 200 metres from the Marguerite-Bourgeoys elementary school.

The parents are circulating a petition calling for the site to be moved to a location outside of the school corridor, a route designated by the city for children to walk safely to school.

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18CN BC: Drug-Consumption Site Awaits Federal ApprovalWed, 21 Jun 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Petrescu, Sarah Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:06/21/2017

Victoria's first federally approved supervised drug-consumption service will likely be in the supported-housing building on Johnson Street that houses former tent city residents, says Island Health's chief medical health officer.

Dr. Richard Stanwick said the site at 844 Johnson St. would be the first on the Island to embed supervised drug-consumption with housing.

Island Health said Tuesday the application for the site was recently submitted to the federal government. Stanwick said he's hoping for rapid approval, adding it could open "very soon" once it's approved. The building is already home to an overdose-prevention site.

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19CN QU: Drug Users Are In Safe Hands At CactusTue, 20 Jun 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Wilton, Katherine Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:06/20/2017

After years of lobbying for safe injection sites, outreach workers at Cactus Montreal have opened a facility that will allow people to use intravenous drugs under medical supervision.

Drugs users began entering the site on Berger St. in downtown Montreal on Monday afternoon, injecting drugs in the presence of a nurse and staff member.

"This is an important tool to reduce deaths and avoid infections," said Sandhia Vadlamudy, the executive director of Cactus. "We have been waiting for this for a long time."

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20 CN AB: PUB LTE: Drug Addicts Need Help, Not JudgingMon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Taylor, Shawna Area:Alberta Lines:55 Added:06/19/2017

Re: Plans inch ahead for city's first safe drug-use site, June 15

I just saw a news article regarding the safe injection site opening at the Sheldon Chumir Health Centre and had to write this.

My daughter has an addiction to fentanyl and has been in recovery for six months. We were a normal family, strict with our kids, told them not to do drugs. This wasn't going to happen to us. Until it did.

No matter what we tried, help was hard to come by. Her first wait for rehab was almost six months and it took almost 1.5 years of addiction before my daughter was ready to participate in her treatment and she was admitted to a facility that helped save her life. This was after numerous hospital trips, overdoses and frustration trying to find resources as well as 24-hour care to make sure she didn't access the drug her body craved.

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