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1 CN NS: Column: Dope? Nope!Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Source:Amherst News (CN NS) Author:Graham, Sheila Area:Nova Scotia Lines:139 Added:02/06/2018

Sometimes so little is going through my head that if Ralph were to say something, I'd actually have room to listen to him.

Those few times that's happened also seems to be my week to write an article which then leaves me scrambling.

Other times, I start the article only to be sideswiped by some event making me set it aside and start over. Such as todays.

I am an old fogey when it comes to the decriminalization of marijuana.

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2CN ON: Mother Of Overdose Victim Recounts Hellish OrdealFri, 02 Feb 2018
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Thompson, Chris Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:02/05/2018

A day after what would have been her son Ashley's 38th birthday, Betty Niemi told the story of her only child's losing battle with addiction to a rapt audience Thursday night.

Niemi, who has started a local chapter of Grief Recovery After Substance Passing (GRASP), took to the podium at the fourth Not My Kid: Adolescents and Addictions seminar before a crowd of about 300 at the Caboto Club.

"Losing a child is like having an arm or leg amputated, but no one can see it," Niemi told the crowd.

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3 CN BC: Vancouver Blazes Psychedelic Research TrailThu, 01 Feb 2018
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Lupick, Travis Area:British Columbia Lines:373 Added:02/03/2018

Decades after Canada abandoned the field, the B.C. Centre on Substance Use is investigating the benefits of drugs like MDMA and psilocybin

In 2011, Gerald Thomas was invited to an Indigenous community in a remote area of British Columbia. Working for the Centre for Addictions Research of B.C., he was one of a small team of scientists who observed 12 people take ayahuasca, an Amazonian mixture that induces vivid visual and auditory hallucinations as well as deep emotional and intellectual reflection.

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4CN BC: Dad: MMDA-Therapy Trial 'Saved My Life'Sat, 27 Jan 2018
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Omand, Geordon Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/01/2018

Researchers gear up for last stage of testing before legalization

Ed Thompson remembers the helplessness he felt each of the thousands of times his twin daughters would turn blue and go lifeless in his arms. The young girls suffered from acute breath-holding spells, an involuntary condition that causes children to pass out, in their case up to 40 times a day.

"Having your kids die in your arms 7,500 times kind of sucks," he said.

The girls' conditions eventually improved, but the experience compounded earlier trauma Thompson had witnessed as a firefighter in South Carolina, sending him into a spiral of post traumatic stress, substance abuse and thoughts of suicide.

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5 CN ON: Group Urges Safe Use Of Psychedelic SubstancesThu, 25 Jan 2018
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Crosier, Steph Area:Ontario Lines:80 Added:01/25/2018

In the hope of spreading awareness of the therapeutic benefits of MDMA, commonly known as ecstacy, one local psychotherapist is encouraging Kingstonians to explore and discuss the opportunities of psychedelic drugs.

"MDMA is an empathogen, it gives you more empathy and self-compassion, and so when you're in therapy with it you can look at your trauma with a little bit more openness," Richard Tyo, a registered psychotherapist and member of the Kingston Psychedelic Society, said on Wednesday. "It can really accelerate a lot of therapy."

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6 CN BC: MDMA-Assisted Therapy Trials To Begin Final PhaseMon, 22 Jan 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Omand, Geordon Area:British Columbia Lines:136 Added:01/22/2018

Vancouver is one of 16 locations where clinicians hope to use the drug to transform trauma treatment

Ed Thompson remembers the helplessness he felt each of the thousands of times his twin daughters would turn blue and go lifeless in his arms.

The young girls suffered from acute breath-holding spells, an involuntary condition that causes children to pass out, in their case up to 40 times a day.

"Having your kids die in your arms 7,500 times kind of sucks," he said.

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7CN AB: Crime-Busting Team Keeps Afoot On Gasa In War With GangsMon, 08 Jan 2018
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Graney, Juris Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:01/08/2018

ALERT boss says officers will focus on keeping up with tech-savvy bad guys

Disarming and dismantling the upper echelon of organized crime groups in Alberta is in the sights of the province's dedicated guns and gang investigators in 2018, says the province's integrated law enforcement boss.

But in order to disrupt the complex networks of drug-running and gun-toting criminals in Alberta, officers will need to stay ahead of the technology curve as these groups - which include some of the province's most notorious outlaw motorcycle gangs - are becoming increasingly tech savvy.

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8CN AB: Marijuana Plans Get Wide Support, Poll ShowsTue, 19 Dec 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:12/24/2017

Most Albertans support the provincial government's proposed regulations for legalized marijuana, according to a new Insights West poll.

Almost two-thirds of respondents to the online poll agree with the decision to prevent pot stores from selling alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals, while 77 per cent favour setting 18 as the legal age for buying marijuana.

While 60 per cent of Albertans support legalization, up five percentage points since a national poll done in October 2016, the poll found a split along party lines.

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9 CN AB: Pot Plan Gaining ApprovalTue, 19 Dec 2017
Source:Fort McMurray Today (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:51 Added:12/24/2017

Albertans high on province's marijuana plans: Poll

Most Albertans support the provincial government's proposed regulations for legalized marijuana, according to a new Insights West poll.

Almost two-thirds of respondents to the online poll agree with the decision to prevent pot stores from selling alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals, while 77 per cent favour setting 18 as the legal age for buying marijuana.

While 60 per cent of Albertans support legalization, up five percentage points since a national poll done in October 2016, the poll found a split along party lines.

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10CN QU: Life Cut Short By A Dangerous DrugThu, 21 Dec 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Fidelman, Charlie Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:12/21/2017

No one forced Junior Hernandez to swallow the fentanyl, his grieving partner says, but did he understand it could kill him?

Part Four in a series of profiles about the escalating opioid crisis in Quebec.

Before his partner Junior Hernandez died of a fentanyl-related overdose, Christophe Cote says he didn't know much about the drug.

Just before dawn, Junior Hernandez and his sky-is-the-limit friends spilled out of a downtown bar.

They were heading to a friend's place to continue the revelry - drinking, doing coke and ecstasy. Once the drugs ran out, they called a dealer, hopping a taxi to his place. There, they found a stash of tiny, unfamiliar pills called fentanyl. The party ended hours later with Hernandez, 35, lying on a cold slab in a Montreal morgue. Hernandez didn't see the end coming. Neither did his friends.

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11 US MD: Kratom: An Old Plant Sparks A New ChallengeSat, 16 Dec 2017
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Davis, Phil Area:Maryland Lines:109 Added:12/18/2017

When Anne Arundel police seized 158 grams of kratom, a plant from Southeast Asia used medicinally for centuries, it was the first time it was seized in a county investigation, according to police.

Officers arrested Michaela Elizabeth Gran, 21, and Chase Seven Gran, 23, both of Glen Burnie, on Tuesday after they said the two were found with small amounts of narcotics as well as the 158 grams of kratom. Its seizure caused some confusion, as the drug is legal in Maryland and can be bought for $1 for a pill-sized capsule in local smoke shops. That, and how many people have ever heard of kratom?

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12CN AB: Alberta Court Grants Unifor InjunctionFri, 08 Dec 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Cotter, John Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:12/08/2017

A union that represents 3,000 oilsands workers at Suncor Energy sites i n northeastern Alberta has won a court injunction against random drug testing.

Unifor Local 707- A had argued that random testing would be a violation of workers' rights and privacy.

Calgary-based Suncor has said random tests are needed to bolster safety and wanted to start the program this month.

In his ruling, Queen's Bench Justice Paul Belzil said the privacy rights of employees are just as important as safety. "In my view the balance of convenience favours granting the injunction," Belzil said in a written judgment released Thursday.

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13 US OH: UT Researchers Study Effects Of Ecstasy On The BrainMon, 04 Dec 2017
Source:Blade, The (Toledo, OH) Author:Collins, Stuart Area:Ohio Lines:93 Added:12/04/2017

For someone caught up in the heat of the moment at a local dance club or rave scene, taking ecstasy may not seem like a life-changing event. But as studies have shown, this decision may indeed be life-altering.

A frequent consequence of taking ecstasy is a trip to the hospital. This is because the short-term effects of ecstasy can produce life-threatening increases in temperature and heart rate, and hallucinations.

Stuart Collins is a PhD student in the neurosciences and neurological disorders at the University of Toledo college of medicine.

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14 CN ON: 'It's Not A One-Person Job'Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Ruby, Michelle Area:Ontario Lines:121 Added:12/01/2017

First co-ordinator of drugs strategy says community role key to success

As the first co-ordinator of a plan to address local drug use, Lacey DaSilva knows she has been handed a weighty task.

The Brantford-Brant Community Drugs Strategy, officially launched earlier this month, sets out goals to delay or prevent substance abuse and keep those already using safe and healthy.

It also aims to ensure residents have timely access to services and to reframe addiction from an issue of criminal justice to one of public health.

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15 CN BC: Fentanyl Dealer Says Demand For Deadly Drug Is Driving MarketThu, 30 Nov 2017
Source:Vancouver Courier (CN BC) Author:Kurucz, John Area:British Columbia Lines:127 Added:11/30/2017

Vancouver comic Mark Hughes interviews fentanyl dealer as part of recently launched podcast

Death has been a constant in Kyle's life for 25 years.

It's a narrative that goes hand in hand with his lifestyle, and shows no signs of abating.

Kyle - not his real name - is a fentanyl dealer. He says he's killed people with his own hands, and by extension, through his line of work. Kyle spoke to Vancouver comedian Mark Hughes as part of Hughes' recently-launched podcast called Pulling the Trigger. The Courier attempted to speak with Kyle, but he declined on more than one occasion.

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16 CN ON: Edu: Drug Use On Campus PersistsFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Journal, The (CN ON Edu) Author:Goulem, Brigid Area:Ontario Lines:192 Added:11/21/2017

Four students share their stories of drug use on campus

Illicit drug use among university students might be more common than our parents would like to think.

According to the Canadian Tobacco Alcohol and Drugs Survey published by Health Canada in 2015, 11 per cent of 20-24 year-old respondents reported doing cocaine, five said they do speed, meth or other amphetamines, 15 per cent took ecstasy and 16 per cent reported taking hallucinogens.

Despite being illegal, marijuana, opiates, amphetamines and stimulants are a very real part of student culture on campus. Although a large majority of students might never encounter them, these drugs exist within social circles across university campuses.

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17 US: OPED: The Promise Of Ecstasy For PTSDSat, 11 Nov 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Khaliya, Area:United States Lines:120 Added:11/11/2017

In July, the Food and Drug Administration took the important step of approving two final-phase clinical trials to determine whether a party drug that has long been on the Drug Enforcement Administration's Schedule I list of banned substances could be used to treat a psychiatric condition that afflicts millions. The drug is MDMA, a psychedelic commonly known as Ecstasy, previously deemed to have "no currently accepted medical use." The trials aim to determine whether the drug is, as earlier trials have suggested, a safe and effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, when combined with psychotherapy.

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18 CN ON: Unique OD Case Challenges JudgeThu, 02 Nov 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Carmichael, Harold Area:Ontario Lines:154 Added:11/06/2017

A 22-year-old Sudbury man will learn Dec. 6 how long he is going to jail, if at all, for selling a drug that contributed to another man's death.

"Given the uniqueness of the case, it isn't possible for me to do this (give a sentencing decision) today," Ontario Court Justice Randall Lalande said about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday after a multi-hour sentencing hearing for David Mealey.

Mealey pleaded guilty back on July 11 to a charge of trafficking MDA, a derivative of the Ecstasy drug. A pre-sentence report was ordered.

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19CN BC: UBC Will Offer Fentanyl Antidote Training ProgramTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Students to learn to detect overdoses and reverse them using naloxone kits

The University of B.C.'s Alma Mater Society is organizing mass training events to teach students to recognize and reverse drug overdoses amid a devastating provincial health emergency that shows no sign of slowing down.

Organizers say 120 students are registered for a two-hour training session Thursday in the student union building at UBC's Vancouver campus, where they'll learn the signs of an overdose, how to use a naloxone kit and the role stigma-free language plays in improving the lives of people who use drugs.

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20 CN SN: Injection Site Plan Draws SupportFri, 20 Oct 2017
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:White-Crummey, Arthur Area:Saskatchewan Lines:243 Added:10/20/2017

Clinical coordinator at Vancouver's largest supervised injection site says P.A. should open similar facility

Prince Albert should open a safe injection site before a bad situation gets worse, says a senior staff member from Canada's first legal facility for injecting drugs.

Tim Gauthier, clinical coordinator at Vancouver's Insite, was the keynote speaker at the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region's HIV Education for Change event on Wednesday. He said he was shocked when he heard how many drug users in the Prince Albert area are contracting HIV through needles. The numbers convinced him that the city needs to expand its harm reduction programs.

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