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1 CN ON: LTE: Encourage DrugsMon, 18 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Ball, Gordon Area:Ontario Lines:24 Added:09/20/2017

If, by providing safe-injection sites society is saying it is OK to shoot illegal drugs, aren't we just encouraging drug use?

Gordon Ball Ottawa



(Opinions seem to differ on that one.)

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2 CN ON: Politicians Back Group To Tackle Opioid CrisisTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Stacey, Megan Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:09/20/2017

While politicians were busy debating whether to create a new group to deal with an opioid crisis, community agencies went ahead and formed it themselves.

That created a confusing conversation at a city hall committee on Monday night, when politicians debated the opioid crisis working group for the third time since Aug. 1.

But third time's the charm. Originally, Mayor Matt Brown asked council to establish the group, billed as a task force that would help address the opioid crisis that's killing dozens of Londoners each year.

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3 CN ON: Editorial: Publish StatisticsTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:66 Added:09/20/2017

News that Toronto is one big step closer to a long-term safe injection site is most welcome, particularly as this city, like many in North America, grapples with a growing opioid addiction crisis. It's also a reminder of the important work ahead.

In the month since a pop-up injection site opened in Moss Park, the volunteer staff has accommodated nearly 2,700 visits and administered 26 doses of naloxone, the antidote to these deadly drugs.

As City Councillor Joe Cressy told the Star's David Rider last week, the Moss Park project provides yet further proof that safe-injection sites work and underscores the need for more of them.

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4CN ON: Health Board Approves Interim Injection Site PlanTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Willing, Jon Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:09/20/2017

Supervised health unit in Lowertown a temporary solution to ongoing problem

The Ottawa Board of Health on Monday night unanimously endorsed a plan by the city's top doctor to set up a temporary supervised injection site in Lowertown at a time when more people are overdosing and ending up in hospital emergency rooms.

Isra Levy, the medical officer of health, has already started the legwork to get the site ready at 179 Clarence St., which is an Ottawa Public Health facility, in partnership with the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre. Health Canada received the application for an interim injection site there last Tuesday.

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5CN QU: Editorial: Responding To FentanylSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU)          Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:09/20/2017

Up to now, Montreal has largely been spared the worst of the fentanyl crisis that has taken such a horrible toll in Vancouver and certain other parts of Western Canada. But the city's luck is starting to run out. The extremely powerful synthetic opioid is increasingly being found in street drugs in this city. As its presence increases, the result will be sadly predictable: more fatal overdoses by users, many of them unaware of its presence or of its power.

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6 CN ON: Pop-Up Injection Site May Get Long-Term HomeMon, 18 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Rider, David Area:Ontario Lines:85 Added:09/20/2017

Plans are afoot to give the Moss Park "pop-up" safe-injection tent, established by volunteers just over a month ago as an emergency response to overdose deaths, a permanent future in a nearby building.

And the city councillor leading Toronto's overdose crisis response foresees similar facilities - where people can safely inject drugs without fear of arrest - in "three or four" other neighbourhoods in addition to the four sites Toronto will have by the end of October.

"The experience in Moss Park demonstrates that safe injection saves lives and works," Councillor Joe Cressy said in an interview Friday.

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7 CN ON: City's Ranking 'Wake-Up Call'Sat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Ball, Vincent Area:Ontario Lines:178 Added:09/20/2017

Report puts Brantford at top in province for emergency room visits due to opioid poisoning,

A report putting Brantford at the top of the provincial list for emergency room visits due to opioid overdoses is a "wake-up call," says Ruth Gratton.

"I think this report validates all of the hard work that is being done in the community and will serve as justification for ramping up those efforts," Gratton, manager of infectious disease at the Brant County Health Unit, said Friday.

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8 CN ON: Injection Site Gets OKTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Willing, Jon Area:Ontario Lines:94 Added:09/20/2017

Health board approves Lowertown location

The Ottawa Board of Health on Monday night unanimously endorsed a plan by the city's top doctor to set up a temporary supervised injection site in Lowertown at a time when more people are overdosing and ending up in hospital emergency rooms.

Isra Levy, the medical officer of health, has already started the legwork to get the site ready at 179 Clarence St., which is an Ottawa Public Health facility, in partnership with the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre. Health Canada received the application for an interim injection site there last Tuesday.

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9 US PA: DA Candidate Endorses Safe Injection Sites For HeroinThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Whelan, Aubrey Area:Pennsylvania Lines:134 Added:09/19/2017

Democrat Larry Krasner, the front-runner to become Philadelphia's next district attorney, says he supports city-sanctioned spaces where people addicted to heroin can inject drugs under medical supervision and access treatment, a move advocates see as a promising step toward making the city the first in the U.S. to open such a site.

His Republican opponent, Beth Grossman, says she's open to discussions on the matter.

For those on the front lines of the heroin crisis in Philadelphia, both are encouraging stances in a political arena where the idea can still be dismissed out of hand. But recently, cities across the country have begun to consider the possibility of instituting supervised injection sites; several nations, including Canada, have used the approach for years.

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10 CN ON: Editorial: Decriminalize All Drugs? Not A Bad IdeaSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:119 Added:09/19/2017

NDP leadership candidate Jagmeet Singh's recent promise that, as prime minister, he would move quickly to drop criminal penalties for possession or purchase of small amounts of all drugs will no doubt seem radical to many.

Broad-based decriminalization would be a stark reversal after decades of increasingly punitive policies. And this would certainly add a layer of complication to the already-complicated task of legalizing marijuana, which Ottawa and the provinces are struggling to do by next summer. The Trudeau government's current position on decriminalization is understandable: Ottawa already has its hands full with pot.

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11 CN ON: LTE: No To Drug SitesSun, 10 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Shea, Kevin Area:Ontario Lines:29 Added:09/13/2017

We cannot just "pop in" and rob a bank without expecting the full extent of the law to come down on us, but we can just "pop up" an illegal drug injection site? The world has become an absolutely insane place when illegal drugs are "pushed" on to the population and encouraged by a growing number of the population.

Drug-injection sites are just wrong.

Kevin Shea Ottawa



(It's a polarized debate.)

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12 CN ON: LTE: No HelpSun, 10 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:33 Added:09/13/2017

Those involved in the illegal safe injection site in the market are claiming victory because of the numbers of addicts shooting up there. Providing addicts a place to administer their drug of choice, plus clean needles, is only facilitating their addiction, not helping to solve it. These addicts still have to get money to buy drugs, usually via criminal activity, and are buying street drugs with no idea of the quality or risk. There needs to be more efforts to wean addicts off drugs, which would make their lives better, help our ailing health-care system and keep citizens and our streets safer.

Larry Comeau

Ottawa



(Getting people off drugs should always be the goal.)

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13 CN ON: PUB LTE: A Life SavedSun, 10 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Holloway, Lori Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:09/13/2017

Well, it happened - a life was saved. A person using the pop-up safe injection site overdosed and was saved thanks to the dedicated volunteers and the use of naxolone, which reverses the effects of an overdose until paramedics can arrive. To me this says everything: one less person is dead due to this horrible epidemic of opioid use.

To the people against this site, please think about this, maybe go visit the site and talk to the volunteers and thank them for saving this life.

Life throws us curveballs and one day that person saved could be your loved one or perhaps even yourself.

Lori Holloway

Ottawa



(Much of the concern is what happens if someone overdoses - and isn't saved.)

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14CN AB: Chinatown Residents 'Insulted' Over Supervised Injection SitesFri, 08 Sep 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Stolte, Elise Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:09/12/2017

Supporters of Edmonton's Chinatown packed a meeting Thursday on how to let community members guide the implementation of the city's new supervised injection sites.

But the olive branch was too little, too late for some, with many residents left feeling bitter and ignored by city council's vote on injection sites last May.

"Supervised injection is not just a health services issue," said resident William Lau. "You know why we're frustrated, angry, why we're scared … Do you know why we feel insulted?"

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15CN QU: Medical Community Split On Age For Legal PotFri, 08 Sep 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Riga, Andy Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:09/12/2017

Eighteen or 21? The age of legal pot consumption was a topic of debate at hearings on Thursday, with two medical associations at odds.

The Canadian Pediatric Society said 18 should be the minimum age to legally purchase recreational marijuana when the federal government legalizes it by July 1, 2018.

A few minutes later, the Federation des medecins specialistes du Quebec, representing medical specialists, said it should be 21.

The two groups were among dozens of organizations presenting briefs at a provincial public consultation in Montreal on Thursday and Friday.

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16 CN ON: LTE: Request To PoliceFri, 08 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Voellmecke, Gary Area:Ontario Lines:29 Added:09/12/2017

I have a simple request of the Ottawa police in regard to the "safe" injection site and marijuana shops: Stop interpreting the law and enforce it.

Surely, not too much to ask!

Gary Voellmecke

Gloucester



(You wouldn't think so, but here we are.)

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17 CN BC: City Hears Addictions AdviceThu, 07 Sep 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Denis, Jen St. Area:British Columbia Lines:64 Added:09/09/2017

Canada should declare opioid crisis: Doctor

The head of Portugal's addictions directorate is urging Canada to declare the opioid overdose crisis a national health emergency.

On a tour of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, the innercity neighbourhood home to many people who struggle with addictions and mental health, Dr. Joao Goulao said the sheer number of deaths caused by the tainted supply of illicit drugs warrants the declaration.

Portugal is often held up as a model of progressive drug reform. Policy changes started in the late 1990s in that country included decriminalizing drugs, something many public health advocates are now advocating for Canada as the only truly effective way to remove the risk of ingesting illicit drugs tainted with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.

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18 CN ON: LTE: Don't Pick And ChooseFri, 08 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Abbott, Andy Area:Ontario Lines:52 Added:09/09/2017

I am so tired of hearing about Liberals picking and choosing what laws they will abide by or enforce. Pot is illegal. Close the illegal pot shops down. Heroin is illegal, yet police stood by and watched people break the law and did nothing.

What happens if somebody dies or nearly dies? I bet they will sue the city for allowing them to take illegal drugs in an illegal supervised-injection site.

Occupying a city park is against the law yet there is no bylaw enforcement. I am a conservative-minded person and I don't condone this behaviour. I am sure that there are few people who support this illegal activity.

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19CN QU: City Preparing For Opioid CrisisWed, 06 Sep 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Feith, Jesse Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:09/08/2017

Situation not yet an emergency, Coderre says

After meeting with police and public health officials, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said Tuesday the city is actively preparing to handle a coming opioid crisis.

"I was reassured about the status of the situation right now, but clearly it's an anticipated crisis that we have to address and face," Coderre said during a news conference at city hall.

The mayor's remarks came days after Montreal's public health department confirmed 12 overdose deaths in the city during the month of August. Another 24 people were saved by the use of naloxone, a medication that can be used to prevent fatal opioid overdoses.

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20 Canada: OPED: One Size Fits All Is Not Good Enough For Harm ReductionMon, 04 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Pacey, Katrina Area:Canada Lines:102 Added:09/08/2017

Earlier this month, people in Canada witnessed the importance of community resistance and activism on issues of drugpolicy reform.

Vancouver's lead organizers and front-line workers in Toronto pushed Health Canada to do what is right and necessary in order to effectively respond to the overdose crisis. A community of care, driven to save the lives of friends, family and neighbours, set up two white tents in Toronto's Moss Park. Inside, volunteers at this pop-up "overdose prevention site" supervise drug use and save lives - something the federal government should have been doing long ago, when communities across Canada first began sounding the alarm. I visited the site last week and was moved by the commitment and compassion of the volunteers who were valiantly saving lives, day after day.

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