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1 CN AB: Majority Of Drugs Seized By Alert Is MarijuanaMon, 17 Jul 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:56 Added:07/19/2017

Of the $8.65 million in illegal drugs the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) pulled off of Alberta's streets, well over half of it was marijuana.

"Marijuana remains highly profitable for organized crime," said Insp. Dave Dubnyk with ALERT. "It's traded for other drugs, used for financing illegal enterprises."

According to information in the 2016-17 ALERT annual report, investigators seized $5.4-million worth of marijuana last year.

Dubnyk said while ALERT officers may not be specifically targeting marijuana, it is often discovered during other investigations involving illegal drugs and organized crime.

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2 CN SN: Column: Drug Talk Now A Family EssentialSat, 15 Jul 2017
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:Thatcher, Richard Area:Saskatchewan Lines:91 Added:07/17/2017

The lethal danger of fentanyl is becoming well-known. No one knows precisely how many people die per year in Canada from opioid overdoses. Last year, there were 922 opioid overdose deaths in B.C. alone, and more than 340 overdose deaths in Alberta were specifically from fentanyl. While Saskatchewan numbers are much smaller and their official count is unclear at this point, the drug's lethal toll may well be on the rise in this province as well; it is clearing coming east from the coast and from Alberta.

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3 US FL: Real-Time Drug Tests At Music Festivals Show 'Molly' OftenWed, 12 Jul 2017
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Cha, Ariana Eunjung Area:Florida Lines:94 Added:07/14/2017

'MOLLY'

Scientists, public health experts and volunteers working with them have started to show up at music festivals, concerts, raves and other public gatherings where illicit drugs are frequently used. Equipped with special chemical testing kits, they help attendees test pills and powder for purity in real time so people can make better informed decisions about whether to take them.

The practice - more common in Europe than in the United States - is controversial, and the debate has been similar to the early days of needle-exchange programs in the 1980s. Proponents argue harm reduction. They say people are more likely to reject taking drugs to get high if the substances do not contain what they think they do, which reduces the risk of overdose and other harmful effects. Critics say such programs implicitly encourage the use of illegal drugs.

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4CN SN: Column: Talking To Your Kids About Fentanyl Is EssentialThu, 13 Jul 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Thatcher, Richard Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:07/14/2017

This lethal drug makes a discussion urgent, writes Dr. Richard Thatcher.

The dangers of fentanyl as a frequently used mood-modifying, recreational drug, on its own or laced into other opiates are gradually becoming well known.

The substance has recently gained a reputation as the Grim Reaper of illicit drugs. The number of deaths and near deaths originating with fentanyl use is simply shocking. Surely parents must initiate a serious discussion with their children and teens about this and other drug use. In this case, talk is, arguably, the primary preventive measure.

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5 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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6 UK: Ecstasy Being Studied As Treatment For AlcoholismMon, 03 Jul 2017
Source:New York Post (NY) Author:McDermott, Nick Area:United Kingdom Lines:81 Added:07/05/2017

Taking party drug ecstasy may help boozers break their addiction to alcohol.

Scientists are set to carry out the first ever trial to see whether the controlled substance can help treat heavy drinkers.

A group of patients from England will be given two doses of MDMA -- another name for ecstasy -- over the course of two months.

The trial has just received approval from regulators in the United Kingdom.

It is the first in the world to use ecstasy to treat alcohol addiction.

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7CN BC: Festivalgoers Warned Of Drug Use Amid CrisisFri, 30 Jun 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Petrescu, Sarah Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2017

Health Canada issued a warning Thursday about drug use during the summer festival season amid the worsening overdose crisis.

"While music festivals and other summer parties are a great way to celebrate the season, it is important to consider safety, especially when it comes to drugs and alcohol," said the health agency in a statement. It included tips on safe drug use, how to spot and respond an overdose, and a reminder of the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, which provides legal protections for those in possession of drugs when they seek help.

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8 CN MB: Drug Charges Tossed After Suspectsa Rights ViolatedWed, 28 Jun 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:May, Katie Area:Manitoba Lines:79 Added:07/03/2017

DRUG bust worth about a quarter of a million dollars has been tossed out of court because city police violated the charter rights of two men they detained and subjected to a warrantless search.

Court of Queen's Bench Justice Sheldon Lanchbery dismissed all drug trafficking charges against Benjamin James White and Jaden Joshua Omeasoo earlier this month, after he ruled officers violated their rights every step of the way.

"We will never know how this incident may have evolved if those rights had been provided," Lanchbery said in his decision. "The officers are not permitted

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9 US OH: Ketamine Novel Approach To Treating DepressionSun, 25 Jun 2017
Source:Blade, The (Toledo, OH) Author:Lindstrom, Lauren Area:Ohio Lines:128 Added:06/30/2017

Anesthesiologist Dr. William James is the founder of the NorthWest Ohio Ketamine Clinic in Toledo, which offers the drug as an infusion to rapidly treat depression.

Anesthesiologist Dr. William James is the founder of the NorthWest Ohio Ketamine Clinic in Toledo, which offers the drug as an infusion to rapidly treat depression.

After three years of ever-present suicidal thoughts and two decades of unrelenting, treatment-resistant depression, Rosemarie Barciz was desperate.

The 61-year-old Maumee woman researched every new medication that came onto the market or excited researchers.

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10CN BC: Column: Show Your Kids Love By Warning Them About DrugsFri, 23 Jun 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Clark, Gordon Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:06/23/2017

I t was terrific to see leaders from Surrey RCMP and the Surrey School District offer parents such common-sense advice this week about the drug crisis afflicting our communities.

School Superintendent Jordan Tinney and Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald urged parents to talk to their kids about the extremely high level of risk posed by street drugs these days and not to assume that their little darlings aren't experimenting with them.

The warning came a few days after Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall made a similar plea, noting that 19 B.C. teenagers have died of overdoses since January 2016 and concerned that teenage drug use may rise soon with year-end parties and summer concerts.

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11 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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12 CN BC: Column: Parliament Addresses PTSDTue, 20 Jun 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Cannings, Richard Area:British Columbia Lines:77 Added:06/20/2017

Last Friday afternoon the House of Commons adjourned for the day with a rare event - a unanimous vote in favour of a private members bill from an opposition party.

Bill C-211 instructs the government to create a federal framework to better deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

I've heard a lot about PTSD from people in my riding - it may surprise some how serious a problem this is in our communities, how widespread and how debilitating. And it bears repeating that PTSD not only impacts men and women who have served in our armed forces in actions overseas.

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13 Canada: Demystifying A Instead Of Decrying A Drugs For TeensSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Canada Lines:169 Added:06/19/2017

Educating teenagers about the safety of recreational drug use is an age-old conundrum for Canada, one at the forefront as the country pushes ahead with legalizing marijuana by next year

The ad shows four pretty young women laughing as their convertible rips past the picturesque Rockies on a warm sunny day, the driver - eyes narrowed slightly - joyfully passing a doobie to her friend.

In the next one, a hip young guy with high-top dreadlocks pinches a smouldering joint (backwards) in one hand and adjusts the car stereo with his other as his date leaves her house and approaches in a red party dress.

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14 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.

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15 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.

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16CN 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.

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17 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.

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18 CN ON: Naloxone On Schools' RadarSat, 03 Jun 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Crosier, Steph Area:Ontario Lines:146 Added:06/06/2017

Local school boards may bring 'opioid antagonist' into schools to deal with possible overdoses

Local school boards are considering following their neighbours and potentially bringing naloxone into local schools in the face of the opioid overdose crisis.

On Tuesday, the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario announced the overdose kits would be placed in all of its schools, located in the easternmost counties of Ontario and including the cities of Brockville and Cornwall.

"We hope that these kits will never need to be used, but in the event that they are needed, the naloxone will help to buy time for someone experiencing an opioid overdose until first responders arrive," William Gartland, the board's director of education, said.

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19 CN ON: Teens And DrugsSat, 03 Jun 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Thorpe, Ryan Area:Ontario Lines:286 Added:06/06/2017

Drug use among teens is nothing new. But street drugs are a bigger threat than ever, because they can be laced with deadly substances. The Spectator investigates what youth are using, and how to identify the dangers

A GIRL is hanging out with friends after school. One of them has stolen a gram of marijuana from an older brother. They pass around a pipe. It is her first time getting high. She is 14.

A 15- YEAR-OLD walks through the hall at school. He sees a classmate selling cannabis-edibles out of a backpack and a friend making a purchase. A GIRL is invited to meet up with friends behind her school. Someone lights a joint and passes it to her. She is in Grade 7.

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20 CN ON: Parents Play Vital Opioid RoleWed, 10 May 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Hendry, Luke Area:Ontario Lines:113 Added:05/15/2017

Introduced to the dangers of narcotics during public seminar held Tuesday night

Parents need to be involved and informed to help lower the risk of accidental drug overdoses among young people.

That was the message heard Tuesday night at a public seminar organized by Hastings Prince Edward Public Health at Bridge Street United Church.

About 50 people attended the talk, which was intended as an introduction for parents to the dangers of opioids, also known as narcotics. They include such drugs as codeine, morphine, oxycodone and fentanyl.

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