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1 CN BC: Column: We Humans Can Even Turn Antidotes Into AddictionsTue, 15 Aug 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Taylor, Jim Area:British Columbia Lines:121 Added:08/17/2017

B.C. is heading for another record year for fentanyl overdose deaths. Despite making Naloxone antidote kits widely available, the death rate is up 88 per cent over last year, which was also a record year.

Last year, according to figures available online, B.C. had 935 deaths from drug overdoses. This year, the province had 780 deaths by the end of June. If the rate continues, the province will hit 1,400 deaths by the end of the year.

But in the welter of data, I find two facts interesting.

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2 CN BC: Column: We Can Even Turn Antidotes Into AddictionsTue, 15 Aug 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Taylor, Jim Area:British Columbia Lines:90 Added:08/17/2017

B.C. is heading for another record year for fentanyl overdose deaths. Despite making Naloxone antidote kits widely available, the death rate is up 88 per cent over last year, which was also a record year.

Last year, according to figures available online, B.C. had 935 deaths from drug overdoses. This year, the province had 780 deaths by the end of June. If the rate continues, the province will hit 1,400 deaths by the end of the year.

But in the welter of data, I find two facts interesting.

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3 CN ON: Crackdown On Opioids Fuels Heroin IncreaseMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bieman, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:110 Added:08/15/2017

The deadly painkiller fentanyl, thrust under a spotlight by a rare warning by three health agenices and city police, isn't the only dangerous street drug raising eyebrows in London.

Heroin is also showing up, in levels-those who work with addicts say they haven't seen before.

One agency blames the spike on the province tightening the prescription drugs it covers under a program for people on social assistance and seniors, which has driven some users to heroin instead.

"I've never known it (heroin) here. Now it is," said Karen Burton, needle and syringe program coordinator at Regional HIV/AIDS Connection in London, whose work includes a drug needle exchange program. "Heroin is here and I don't see it disappearing anytime soon."

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4 CN ON: Niagara On Track For Record Fentanyl DeathsFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:LaFleche, Grant Area:Ontario Lines:111 Added:08/15/2017

The number of Niagara residents dying from fentanyl related overdoses is on track to hit a record high this year, according to data provided by Niagara Regional Police.

Police say officers have responded to 15 fatal opioid overdoses since Jan. 1, with 10 of them involving fentanyl. Police responded to 12 fentanyl related fatal overdoses in all 2016.

This data only reflects overdose incidents that involved the police. It does not capture overdoses, fatal or otherwise, that did not involve a police response such as a person arriving at an emergency room on their own.

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5 CN ON: Advocate Calling For National State Of EmergencySat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Artuso, Antonella Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:08/15/2017

Opioid crisis 'like genocide'

Recovery advocate Annie McCullough is calling for Canada to declare a national state of emergency in the opioid crisis as the death toll continues to climb, including three fatalities in Durham Region Friday.

McCullough, a co-founder of Faces and Voices of Recovery Canada, said that what Toronto and the GTA is experiencing now - a surge in fentanyl-related overdoses in Toronto - has been an epidemic in Vancouver over the past two years.

"What's going on with fentanyl almost feels like a conspiracy because people know now that it's killing people and they're not stopping distributing it, whoever these people are that are doing it," McCullough said. "It's almost like they have a death wish for people; it feels like genocide."

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6 CN ON: Street Drugs 101: A PrimerSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bieman, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:204 Added:08/15/2017

As deadly fentanyl fuels a public health crisis, Free Press reporter Jennifer Bieman reveals what you should know about common London street drugs

Forget the old adage that what you don't know, can't hurt you. When it comes to street drugs, what you don't know can kill you.

That was the thrust of a rare public health warning - three health agencies and London police joined in its release - last week in London, when authorities stressed that the latest villain in Canada's opioid drug crisis, deadly fentanyl, is turning up in other illegal street drugs.

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7 CN ON: Fentanyl Blamed For Deadly ODFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:161 Added:08/15/2017

Sarnia cops warn of opioid-laced street drugs after three overdoses - one of them fatal - in five hours

Three overdoses in mere hours, one of them deadly - the sinister new face of Southwestern Ontario's opioid drug crisis has killed again, this time not a week after a rare public health warning about the often-hidden killer.

A few grains of the powerful painkiller fentanyl, mixed with cocaine, likely caused a fatal overdose Wednesday night in Sarnia, prompting a new warning from police in that city about drugs laced with fentanyl.

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8 CN BC: Editorial: Pot's March To RespectabilityFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Godbout, Neil Area:British Columbia Lines:126 Added:08/15/2017

Part two of two

Marijuana is like Pink Floyd.

The English group remains hugely popular. A cover band played Prince George earlier this year, sold out the Playhouse and earned a standing ovation at the end. Former Floyd man Roger Waters is currently touring the biggest arena venues in North America, mixing in a few new songs with the Floyd classics.

Not bad for a band that except for two songs - Another Brick In The Wall and Money - had little commercial radio presence in their heyday. Unlike Fleetwood Mac, Elton John and the Eagles, who poured out radio-friendly four-minute classics at will during the 1970s, the Floyd released dense concept albums with songs more than 10 minutes long, odd time signatures and lengthy instrumental passages.

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9CN BC: OPED: How To Stem Overdose CasesSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Tupper, Kenneth Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/14/2017

Quality checks of illicit drugs is one way, writes Kenneth Tupper.

In recent years across B.C., a public-health tragedy has resulted in thousands of preventable deaths from street drugs containing powerful opioids such as fentanyl or its analogs.

Toxicity from adulteration has occurred not just in the heroin supply, but also in stimulants, club drugs and counterfeit pills. Border agents and police have tried to reduce or disrupt the supply, but they have had little success in stemming the tide of illicit drug importation and consequent deaths.

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10 CN ON: Was Pot Alert Wise Warning Or Blowing Smoke?Wed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:120 Added:08/09/2017

Proactive public health warning, or scare tactic?

A heated debate has erupted after the London region's top public health official warned that illegal drugs, including marijuana, could be contaminated with fentanyl, a powerful painkiller already blamed for hundreds of overdose deaths in Canada this year.

There's no shortage of skepticism about part of that warning, involving pot, especially since there's never been a confirmed case of fentanyl-laced marijuana in Canada.

Though multiple warnings that fentanyl-contaminated cannabis have circulated in communities - even former B.C. premier Christy Clark made the claim last year - both the RCMP and Canada's health minister have said the rumours haven't been proven.

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11 CN BC: Drug Dealers Beware: RCMPWed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:Peace Arch News (CN BC) Author:Hinks, Aaron Area:British Columbia Lines:48 Added:08/09/2017

White Rock officers cracking down on drug trafficking

White Rock RCMP have a stern message for those who peddle drugs in the city.

"If you deal drugs in White Rock you are not welcome here. Prepare to be arrested. We will not tolerate the misery and pain you are bringing into the community," White Rock RCMP Staff Sgt. Daryl Creighton said in an emailed statement Friday afternoon.

The news release comes on the heels of "significant" street level drug seizures and arrests in White Rock.

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12 US NY: Report Reveals 'Safe House' Where Heroin Users Shoot Up UnderTue, 08 Aug 2017
Source:New York Post (NY)          Area:New York Lines:92 Added:08/08/2017

NEW YORK -- A safe haven where drug users inject themselves with heroin and other drugs has been quietly operating in the United States for the past three years, a report reveals.

None were known to exist in the US until the disclosure in a medical journal, although several states and cities are pushing to establish these so-called supervised injection sites, where users can shoot up under the care of trained staff who can treat an overdose if necessary.

In the report released Tuesday, two researchers said they've been evaluating an underground safe place that opened in 2014. As a condition of their research, they didn't disclose the location of the facility -- which is unsanctioned and potentially illegal -- or the social service agency running it.

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13 CN ON: Column: Hypocrisy At Its Most VileSun, 06 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Levy, Sue-Ann Area:Ontario Lines:97 Added:08/06/2017

Mihevc misses the irony in his drug stance

When the truth came out about then-mayor Rob Ford's crack cocaine use in late October of 2013, 26-year NDP councillor Joe Mihevc quickly joined the queue of councillors and media pundits who savaged him.

In fact, in one interview on Oct. 31 of that year, Mihevc claimed that Torontonians were "shocked and disappointed" because Ford "clearly has an addiction issue of one form or another" and associates with the "wrong people" (meaning, drug dealers).

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14 CN ON: Mayor Targets OpioidsTue, 01 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Richmond, Randy Area:Ontario Lines:109 Added:08/05/2017

On top of city, region and provincial efforts, Matt Brown makes new bid to tackle local crisis, issues

Another drug crisis, another drug strategy.

In the midst of an ongoing London drug strategy, a regional drug strategy and a provincial drug strategy - none of them completed yet - the city's mayor wants his own drug strategy.

But the new effort will be nimble with a concrete focus, battling opioid overdoses and other problems in large part through the establishment of a supervised injection site, city health leaders promise.

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15 CN ON: Editorial: Cambridge Faces Fentanyl CrisisSat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:86 Added:08/05/2017

The news coming out about the fentanyl crisis in Cambridge is overwhelmingly bad as well as heartbreaking.

People are overdosing on the dangerous drug, which is 100 times more powerful than morphine.

People are dying from it, too, often taking heroin or cocaine without realizing fentanyl has been added.

In just a few months, the problem - long associated with Canada's West Coast - has escalated to the point that many residents in downtown Galt no longer venture out at night out of fear of encountering comatose drug users and used syringes. At least one resident is threatening to move out.

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16 CN ON: Pot-entially Deadly MixFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bieman, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:08/04/2017

Authorities sound alarm as tests find fentanyl cut into other street drugs, including marijuana

The new villain in the opioid drug crisis sweeping Canada, often with deadly results, fentanyl is now showing up in London added into other drugs, including marijuana, authorities are warning.

Urine tests conducted on people who reported using only heroin or smoking pot tested positive for the powerful drug, the London area's public health office reported Thursday.

One pot activist said he's skeptical that fentanyl is being cut into marijuana, but officials were taking no chances after the tests, issuing a rare warning involving police and three different health agencies.

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17 CN ON: PUB LTE: Gateway Drug Theory Is Rather FlawedFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Sinclair, Robert C Area:Ontario Lines:44 Added:08/04/2017

Re: 'Pot legalization questionable as drug deaths spike.' July 30.

I am writing in response to Simon Guilett's letter in which he proposes the gateway theory to drug addiction. His idea is that marijuana leads to cocaine and cocaine leads to opiates.

This position has been disproven a number of times.

Whereas, it is true that likely 98 per cent of opiate addicts began by using marijuana, it is also true that only two per cent or so of marijuana users go on to use opiates.

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18CN BC: Police Issue Warning, Fearing Public Will Get Caught Up InFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Bolan, Kim Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/04/2017

The sun was setting on Coal Harbour last week when the Vancouver police marine squad took special notice of a charter boat called the Magic Charm.

Aboard the vessel were dozens of young men, some of whom were linked to the Red Scorpion gang. Several had chest tattoos reading "My brother's keeper."

The anti-gang Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit was called in to check the party boat crowd when it docked beside the Westin Bayshore around 9 p.m. on July 25. It was another tense interaction between the police and some of those involved in the

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19 CN BC: Vets Seeing More Dogs On DrugsFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Langley Times (CN BC) Author:Tamminga, Monique Area:British Columbia Lines:84 Added:08/04/2017

Langley vet says she treats at least one dog a month that ingests pot

In the last couple years, veterinarians have seen an increase in the number of dogs that have ingested harmful drugs, mainly marijuana.

"We have seen a notable increase in the last few years of dogs coming to the hospital having ingested pot. We get at least one per month," said Langley veterinarian, Dr. Renee Ferguson of Mountainview Veterinary Hospital.

"Unfortunately, it is becoming common that dogs eat pot or drugs while out on a walk or at a park," she said.

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20 CN ON: Run Of Overdoses AlarmingFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Elliot Area:Ontario Lines:124 Added:08/04/2017

Five people in two days sent to hospital after taking drugs believed to be laced with fentanyl

Local health officials are raising the alarm after a string of fentanyl overdoses this week.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, five people, including three in Kingston, were sent to hospital after taking drugs believed to be laced with bootleg fentanyl.

"What we know is all five did require paramedic services and support in hospital, and we believe that they are related to fentanyl-contaminated drugs, just from the clinical signs and symptoms we saw," said Fareen Karachiwalla, associate medical officer of health with Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health.

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