There is a danger in doing something to solve a problem without fully
understanding the possible consequences of such actions ("States Fight
Opioid Epidemic With Data," U.S. News, Sept. 3). I am acutely aware of
the problems with the current opioid epidemic. A 26-year-old patient
of mine recently died of an unintentional heroin overdose. I am also
acutely aware of the law of unintended consequences in medical policies.
Not so many years ago, pain was declared the fifth vital sign. Medical
charts had faces ranging from smiles to frowns to register patient
discomfort, and staff routinely inquired as to pain experienced by
patients. This movement, led by medical leadership, of course,
resulted in more prescriptions of opiates. Subsequently, medical
leadership became aware of the risk of opiate overprescribing, and
pressure is increasing to reduce opiate prescribing. After many
physicians became reluctant to continue prescribing opiates, some
patients purchased illicit opiate medication from dealers. As the
supply of illicit opiates decreased and the price escalated, patients
then turned to heroin, which is cheaper and lasts longer.
Unfortunately, heroin from dealers frequently is mixed with fentanyl
and other substances such as carfentanil. Deaths from heroin overdoses
have escalated. One can only speculate how many young lives are being
lost because of changes in medical policy.
Lineups at city's first storefront marijuana store, even though police
say it's illegal
A new marijuana shop that has been swamped with customers since
opening on George St. N. on Friday is operating illegally, say city
Peterborough Police stated in a release that they are investigating
Cannabis Culture, a store at 282 George St. N (in the former Circus
furniture store location).
The store sells marijuana for medical or recreational use. It's open
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
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Critics say slow approach to legalization is creating a Wild West
All three major provincial political party leaders agree that Prime
Minister Justin Trudeau needs to clear the haze swirling around
In a rare display of unanimity at Queen's Park, Liberal Premier
Kathleen Wynne, Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown and NDP
Leader Andrea Horwath are each urging Ottawa to provide some direction.
"We need to get some clarity from the federal government on timeline
and process," said Wynne, who has officials from 12 provincial
departments working on a marijuana strategy dealing with health,
justice and social implications.
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The Durham cop allowed by his force to co-own a controversial
marijuana company gave thousands of dollars in sponsorship money to a
soccer team run by the senior police official whose department vetted
his pot shop ownership application.
Chief administrative officer Stan MacLellan oversees Durham police's
human resources unit, which handled the request from veteran Const.
Phil Edgar to co-own Living On Inc., a medical weed shop located in
A recent Star investigation found the marijuana company is unlicensed
and its website offers customers drug products, such as pot brownies,
that are illegal to sell because of concerns of overdose or
unintentional ingestion by children. Edgar, a successful businessman
when he's not patrolling the streets, sponsored the girls competitive
soccer team for at least three seasons. MacLellan, a civilian employee
of the Durham police, coached the team and his daughter was a player.
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Re: "More marijuana research needed," editorial, Sept. 13. The editorial
on legalizing marijuana is good as far as it goes, but omits one of the
most important issues: driving under the influence.
It makes no sense to legalize pot before we put in place laws and
testing procedures similar to those we have for driving under the
influence of alcohol. This has proven to be a big problem in Colorado
and is compounded by the fact that many users combine the use of
marijuana and alcohol.
R.A. Green, MD Victoria
The homes overlook Parksville Bay in what seems to be an idyllic
Just below the sunny decks of the houses on Sutherland Place,
residents say illegal drug activity is rampant, constant and
destroying their quality of life.
A group of residents who met with The NEWS this week said they have
made hundreds of calls to the police - and almost as many to the city
- - about what's going on in the ravine and beach beside and below their
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Owner seems unworried about police
Your local marijuana dealer is now downtown.
Owner Richard Standen is selling bud to both recreational and medical
users out of his newly opened store, Cannabis Culture. The store
opened on George Street on Friday (Sept. 9). Standen says business has
"We have had a wonderful reception," he explains.
Standen says the store is not a medical marijuana dispensary. He said
anyone over the age of majority can purchase their pot from the store.
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DURHAM - Days after abruptly shuttering its doors, an Oshawa marijuana
dispensary has reopened, in defiance of a warning from Durham police.
The Emerald Triangle dispensary on Simcoe Street North has resumed
operations because clients are in need and buying pot on the street
isn't a safe alternative for them, said Irie Selkirk, a consultant who
spoke on behalf of the dispensary's owners.
"This location has chosen to reopen their doors," she said. "The
principals here received word from at least 40 patients who are having
significant health issues.
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Fewer messages hit home stronger than those rooted in a death,
particularly that of a young person.
And the message delivered by the South Surrey family of 20-year-old
Danika Koltai in recent days is no exception.
Danika, who was a popular employee at the Morgan Crossing Starbucks at
the time of her death,died of a drug overdose Sept. 1 in Delta.
In a heart-wrenching Facebook post, her father Tom describes her
passing as the result of "an accidental but deadly concoction of
prescription and non-prescription" drugs.
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With 22 deaths in the first half of this year, city council votes to
support supervised consumption service
Kamloops city council has voted unanimously to support the concept of
a supervised site where people can consume illicit drugs under medical
supervision amid a surge in overdose deaths in the city.
In the first half of this year, 22 people died of drug overdoses in
Kamloops, which has a population of roughly 86,000. In comparison,
seven people died of drug overdoses in all of 2015.
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