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1US CA: Column: City Hall Strangely Worried Over Weed As Legal UseSat, 11 Nov 2017
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Knight, Heather Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/14/2017

When 74 percent of San Francisco voters last year backed legalizing the adult recreational use of marijuana statewide, the idea was to make it easier to buy and smoke pot - a substance that has never been that hard to buy or smoke in San Francisco anyway.

Tell that to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

The Keystone Cops of Cannabis have spent countless hours over endless committee meetings in recent weeks, devising ways to dramatically limit where people can buy and sell marijuana once the substance becomes legal for recreational use statewide on Jan. 1.

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2 CN BC: Revelstoke Secondary School Receives Naloxone KitsWed, 08 Nov 2017
Source:Revelstoke Times Review (CN BC) Author:Tiel, Marissa Area:British Columbia Lines:128 Added:11/13/2017

Staff at Revelstoke Secondary School now have a new tool to keep students safe. The high school received two Naloxone kits at the end of September.

Naloxone is used to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose.

With a focus on student safety and well-being, principal Greg Kenyon said that getting the kits was an obvious decision, despite the school being low-risk for drug overdoses.

"It's just another thing we do and have," said Kenyon. "It's like we're trained for responding to anaphylaxis and we're trained now to respond to Naloxone and administering that."

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3 CN BC: PUB LTE: We Need To Value Lives Over Votes In Drug CrisisWed, 08 Nov 2017
Source:Williams Lake Tribune, The (CN BC) Author:John, Area:British Columbia Lines:60 Added:11/13/2017


The question is not when our government will decriminalize personal possession and provide a safe clean drug source, like we do for alcohol and soon to be marijuana, but how many more families will be devastated with the loss of a loved one before a government is brave enough to value lives over votes.

In Portugal, possession is not a criminal offence if you have a 10 day personal supply in your possession. If it is more than that then it's treated as trafficking. By decriminalizing personal possession, we can then start to rid the negative stigma that is associated with addiction.

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4 CN ON: OPED: How Canada Can Properly Deal With The Opioid CrisisTue, 07 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Vaccarino, Cara Area:Ontario Lines:104 Added:11/11/2017

Canada's response to the opioid crisis has been fragmented and marginally effective at best. We deserve a better approach, and the answers are out there. Other countries are effectively dealing with the issue and Canada should be more open to learning from them. There are several key steps we can take to ensure Canadians with addiction can lead healthier, happier and more productive lives.

First, we need to recognize this is actually a crisis. Do you remember SARS and how it impacted every Canadian with a focused response from our public health teams? Forty-four Canadians died from SARS. How about AIDS at its peak in 1995? We all were aware of the crisis and as Canadians we worked together diligently to help. That year about 1,400 people died from AIDS. Compare this to over 2,400 Canadians dying from opioid overdoses in 2016 and the number likely to double in 2017.

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5 CN ON: Column: Crushing High HopesMon, 06 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Prutschi, Edward Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:11/11/2017

Years ago, when Justin Trudeau stepped onto a platform in a Vancouver park and proclaimed through a cloud of sweet-smelling haze that a federal Liberal government would legalize marijuana, there was much excitement within the cannabis community.

With last week's announcement by Trudeau's provincial Liberal cousins, the realities of draconian regulation in Ontario have resulted in the crushing disappointment of those long-forgotten high hopes.

For recreational users, smoking will only be permitted in private residences. Puffing at work, on university campuses, on patios, sidewalks or parks, will all remain prohibited.

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6CN ON: Shepherds Trailer Injection Site Wins Federal ApprovalTue, 07 Nov 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Willing, Jon Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/07/2017

OK comes as city, province spar over unsanctioned tent nearby

A trailer at the Shepherds of Good Hope became Ottawa's third legal supervised injection site late Monday.

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced in a news release that the federal government has approved an exemption permitting Inner City Health Ottawa to operate a sanctioned injection site in the trailer.

It becomes the fifth such site funded by the province. Hoskins said the province would provide nearly $500,000 in operating funds.

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7 CN BC: SFU Prof Criticizes Unfair BailWed, 01 Nov 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Li, Wanyee Area:British Columbia Lines:76 Added:11/06/2017

Conditions can push people to commit crimes: Study

Releasing people on bail on the condition they do not go to the Downtown Eastside sets them up for failure, according to research from three Canadian universities.

Judges often order people on bail to avoid certain "no-go zones" or "red zones" in an effort to prevent them from committing crimes. But it, in fact, does the exact opposite, says SFU geography professor Nicholas Blomley.

"These are people who have yet to be found guilty of an offence," he said.

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8 CN ON: Ontario Gives Drug-Use Site A Heated TentFri, 03 Nov 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Gray, Jeff Area:Ontario Lines:130 Added:11/06/2017

Structure is meant to be temporary solution as temperatures drop, while Toronto officials race to get indoor location approved

Toronto's illegal, activist-run overdose-prevention site in the city's Moss Park now has the use of an insulated, heated, military-style medical tent, complete with a generator - all courtesy of the provincial government.

The khaki tent, which measures about three by eight metres, was erected Thursday by Ontario's Emergency Medical Assistance Team, a unit usually deployed for community evacuations or "mass-casualty events."

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9 CN ON: Province To Open Moss Park Injection SiteThu, 02 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Mathieu, Emily Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:11/06/2017

Government will work with harm-reduction workers operating pop-up site

Ontario is dispatching its Emergency Medical Assistance Team to set up a tent in Moss Park to provide a heated and insulated space for safe injections.

"This is an overdose crisis. People are dying and, today, Minister Eric Hoskins and the Ontario government have stepped up," Councillor Joe Cressy said Wednesday night. The tent will be set up Thursday and replace a temporary site run by the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society (TOPS). The ministry will work with TOPS staff, Cressy said.

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10 CN ON: Talks To Move Illegal Toronto Drug-Use Site Indoors FailWed, 01 Nov 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Gray, Jeff Area:Ontario Lines:104 Added:11/06/2017

Talks to move Toronto's illegal popup supervised drug-use site inside a nearby homeless centre have failed, but the harm-reduction activists who have been setting up their tents in an east-end park every evening say they plan to stay put.

The crowdfunded, volunteer-driven Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance (THRA) has operated its controversial pop-up site in Moss Park near Sherbourne and Queen Streets since August, with tacit approval from police and city officials amid a growing number of opioid overdose deaths.

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11 CN ON: Ottawa Urged To Expedite Approval For Drug-Use SiteThu, 02 Nov 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Gray, Jeff Area:Ontario Lines:101 Added:11/06/2017

The City of Toronto and the province are asking the federal Minister of Health for the "immediate approval" of a proposed indoor supervised drug-use site at an east-end homeless centre where an illegal outdoor site has been operating for months.

In a letter to Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor dated Oct. 31, Toronto Mayor John Tory and Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins say the illegal site, set up in Moss Park near Sherbourne Street and Queen Street East, has saved many lives since it was launched in August by reversing overdoses in a neighbourhood that had been hit by an increase in such deaths.

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12 CN ON: LTE: Dumb DrugsFri, 03 Nov 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Day, Don Area:Ontario Lines:31 Added:11/06/2017

Why are Ottawa politicians, and by extension the Ottawa Police Services, continue to condone the use of illegal hard drugs by allowing the pop-up safe-injection site to remain open?

With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's push to legalize marijuana, am I assuming the Liberals' next step will be to legalize all illegal drugs? This may be the plan, to have a drug-induced and dumbed-down electorate.

Don Day


(Even the Trudeau Liberals might not have the guts to go there)


13 CN BC: Harm-Reduction History Revealed In New BookThu, 02 Nov 2017
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Wong, Jackie Area:British Columbia Lines:136 Added:11/06/2017

Here in Vancouver, it's tempting to praise ourselves for our forward-thinking approaches to illicit drug use. We're home to Insite, the first supervised-injection facility in North America, the success of which paved the way for Health Canada to start approving prospective supervised-injection sites in other cities across the country this year. We're also home to the first and only prescription heroin program on the continent, which has proven how life-changing it can be for a person entrenched in opiate addiction to have access to a clean, regulated supply of drugs.

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14 CN BC: Scheer Stands By Harper-Era Opioid PlanWed, 01 Nov 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Bailey, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:97 Added:11/06/2017

Tory Leader open to new ideas for tackling crisis in B.C., but remains leery of supervised drug-use sites and further decriminalization

Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he is trying to keep an open mind on options for dealing with the opioid overdose crisis in British Columbia, but is not backing off key tenets on harm reduction his party pushed in government.

That includes reservations about supervised drug-use sites. In an interview on Wednesday ahead of a visit later this month to the Lower Mainland, Mr. Scheer also said prosecuting drug users may steer them into rehabilitation programs that would reduce the risk of overdoses.

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15CN ON: Permanent, Supervised Injection Site Gets Endorsement FromTue, 31 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Payne, Elizabeth Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/31/2017

Ottawa's largest permanent supervised injection site could be open in a Lowertown trailer as soon as this weekend.

The trailer, to be operated by Ottawa Inner City Health and located outside Shepherds of Good Hope on Murray Street, will be open 24/7 and serve a population of between 100 and 150 injection drug users, said Inner City Health executive director Wendy Muckle.

Ontario's Health Minister Eric Hoskins has endorsed the site in a letter to federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, his office said Monday.

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16 CN AB: PUB LTE: MP Misses Point Of Safe Injection SitesTue, 31 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Schulz, Petra Area:Alberta Lines:41 Added:10/31/2017

Re. "MP hosts impassioned debate over supervised injection sites in southwest," Oct. 30

The title should have been "MP misses the point." Supervised consumption services (SCS) primarily save lives, and anyone who has lost a loved one can tell you how important that is.

Our son Danny died from an overdose in 2014. He was only 25, was a promising young chef and is dearly missed. There are many families like ours who are members in our group Moms Stop The Harm, who live in MP Matt Jeneroux's riding of Edmonton-Riverbend. I encourage him to meet them.

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17 CN ON: Addict Cites Need For Trauma TreatmentTue, 31 Oct 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Ball, Vincent Area:Ontario Lines:120 Added:10/31/2017

A Brantford man who has battled drug addiction for more than 40 years hopes the city follows through with safe injection sites as part of its strategy to combat substance abuse.

But Randy Roberts, 53, said there is also a need for the treatment of trauma as part of a program to treat substance abuse.

"I want people to remember that we're all hurting," he said.

"There has been a lot of work done on this and for most addicts the root cause of their addiction is childhood trauma -- physical, psychological, sexual abuse."

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18CN AB: OPED: Safe Injection Sites A Small Step But Big Milestone InWed, 25 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Williams, Shelley Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/30/2017

Coalition of agencies is working to provide 24/7 service, Shelley Williams writes.

Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton, known as AMSISE, is a coalition of 25 individuals and groups, including people with lived experience, community agencies, medical, academic, and public sector representatives.

AMSISE started as a conversation with Edmonton's harm reduction needle distribution service, Streetworks, in January of 2012 and continues to be a community-driven initiative.

The focus is on people with severe and chronic addictions, usually homeless, whose chaotic and furtive injection-drug use takes place in unsafe environments, including parks, back alleys, behind dumpsters, along fences, and in agency and public washrooms. Multiple studies have established a direct link between unstable housing and public injecting. Communities will benefit by reducing unsafe needle debris as an unintentional hazard.

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19 CN ON: Don't Cluster Safe Injection Sites, Councillors WarnWed, 25 Oct 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Thompson, Catherine Area:Ontario Lines:96 Added:10/30/2017

WATERLOO REGION - Potential locations for supervised injection sites in Waterloo Region will be made public by January, as Waterloo Region Public Health begins a feasibility study into whether the harm reduction service is needed here, what concerns the community might have and how to address them.

A supervised injection site would provide a safe, clean place for people to use their own drugs under the care of trained staff. Its goals would be to reduce overdose rates and overdose deaths; reduce transmission of diseases from shared needles; help drug users connect to other health and social services, including drug treatment; and reduce drug use in public places and the amount of unsafely discarded needles and other litter.

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20CN AB: MP Hosts Impassioned Debate Over Supervised Injection Sites InMon, 30 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/30/2017

Heated debate erupted in the gymnasium at Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour School Saturday as residents of Edmonton-Riverbend argued over whether their suburban community would ever welcome supervised injection sites.

"It was pretty clear that a lot of people weren't supportive of safe injection sites coming into suburban areas, which we've been hearing through letters to the office and phone calls," said Matt Jeneroux, MP for Edmonton-Riverbend.

Supervised injection sites - where intravenous drug users can inject under the supervision of medical professionals as a way to reduce overdose deaths - are approved for the Royal Alexandra Hospital, the Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Boyle Street Community Services and the George Spady Society.

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