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1 CN ON: Gang Targeted CitySat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Warmington, Joe Area:Ontario Lines:94 Added:06/21/2017

'Sudbury is a lucrative market for the gangs to expand to'

The first thing Greater Sudbury Police noticed was more fentanyl showing up on local people in their arrests.

"Then we noticed there were more people being arrested with Southern Ontario addresses," Insp. Dan Despatie said Friday. Something wasn't adding up. One phone call to Toronto Police and not only did it become crystal clear what was happening, but Sudbury police were suddenly up to their neck in what we now know to be Project Kronic.

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2 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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3US: Smoking Marijuana May Cause You To Puke, Health Experts SayMon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Sullivan, Molly Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

Marijuana has long been lauded as a wonder drug for treating nausea and vomiting. Now, health experts say your pot may be making you sick.

Emergency medicine physicians at UC Davis Medical Center said they've seen young, often college-age patients come in once or twice a day vomiting multiple times an hour and screaming uncontrollably.

"They keep moaning, shouting and yelling after they vomit. It's very dramatic. It sounds like someone is dying," said Dr. John Richards, an emergency medicine physician and professor at UC Davis.

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4CN AB: Medical Pot A Growing Issue Among WorkplacesMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/16/2017

An estimated 500,000 Canadians will be using drug for health reasons by 2024

Apprentice ironworker Johnathan Dickson says his union wouldn't send him out to construction jobs last year while he was using medical marijuana.

While an official with Ironworkers local 720 maintains the situation is far more complicated than that, Dickson's case illustrates some of the workplace issues - mainly involving safety - related to the growing Canadian consumption of prescription pot.

"In talking with our clients, (medical cannabis) is an issue that's coming up more and more," says Cristina Wendel, an Edmonton employment and labour lawyer at Dentons, who cited estimates that 500,000 Canadians will be using the drug for health reasons by 2024.

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5 CN AB: Weed In The WorkplaceMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:123 Added:06/16/2017

Increasing popularity of prescription pot highlights a growing issue for employers

Apprentice ironworker Johnathan Dickson says his union wouldn't send him out to construction jobs last year while he was using medical marijuana.

While an official with Ironworkers local 720 maintains the situation is far more complicated than that, Dickson's case illustrates some of the workplace issues - mainly involving safety - related to the growing Canadian consumption of prescription pot.

Growing issue

"In talking with our clients, (medical cannabis) is an issue that's coming up more and more," says Cristina Wendel, an Edmonton employment and labour lawyer at Dentons, who cited estimates that 500,000 Canadians will be using the drug for health reasons by 2024.

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6 US CA: Oped: A 1930s California Story Shows Why The War On Drugs Is AFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Hari, Johann Area:California Lines:138 Added:06/16/2017

In the early 1930s, the federal government cracked down on California's legal drug programs, leading to numerous arrests. Above, a California jail in 1930, occupying the third floor of Ventura City Hall.

In the early 1930s, the federal government cracked down on California's legal drug programs, leading to numerous arrests. Above, a California jail in 1930, occupying the third floor of Ventura City Hall. (Los Angeles Times)

For one bright and flickering moment last year, it looked like the global war on drugs was about to die. California -- the sixth largest economy in the world -- voted to fully legalize cannabis, while a smorgasbord of countries including Uruguay, Canada and Jamaica were also moving toward more sensible policies. But like Freddie Krueger after the nubile teenagers believe he is finally slain, the drug war is suddenly back with even sharper claws. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions is reviving the worst of the old policies that led to mass incarceration, while President Trump has said that the Philippines is doing "a great job" on the drug war under a President, Rodriguo Duterte, who publicly boasts: "There's 3 million drug addicts. There are. I'd be happy to slaughter them."

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7 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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8 US: Drug Trade Rises In Dark Corners Of The InternetSun, 11 Jun 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Popper, Nathaniel Area:United States Lines:232 Added:06/11/2017

Opioid Dealers Embrace the Dark Web to Send Deadly Drugs by Mail

Anonymous online sales are surging, and people are dying. Despite dozens of arrests, new merchants - many based in Asia - quickly pop up.

As the nation's opioid crisis worsens, the authorities are confronting a resurgent, unruly player in the illicit trade of the deadly drugs, one that threatens to be even more formidable than the cartels.

The internet.

In a growing number of arrests and overdoses, law enforcement officials say, the drugs are being bought online. Internet sales have allowed powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl - the fastest-growing cause of overdoses nationwide - to reach living rooms in nearly every region of the country, as they arrive in small packages in the mail.

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9 US: Drug Deaths In America Are Rising Faster Than EverTue, 06 Jun 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Katz, Josh Area:United States Lines:218 Added:06/09/2017

New data compiled from hundreds of health agencies reveals the extent of the drug overdose epidemic last year.

AKRON, Ohio - Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, according to preliminary data compiled by The New York Times.

The death count is the latest consequence of an escalating public health crisis: opioid addiction, now made more deadly by an influx of illicitly manufactured fentanyl and similar drugs. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.

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10 CN ON: Overdose Kits In SchoolsFri, 02 Jun 2017
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Bedford, Sabrina Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:06/06/2017

Regional Catholic board has purchased Naxalone to counter possible opioid overdoses

The region's Catholic education board is responding to the growing threat of opioids in Eastern Ontario by placing overdose remedy kits in all of its schools.

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario( CDSBEO) announced Tuesday it has purchased Naloxone kits for all of its schools in response to the growing Fentanyl crisis that is making its way through the counties, and in some cases claiming lives.

"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," said the board's director of education, William Gartland.

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11CN 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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12 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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13 CN ON: Spike In Violent Home Invasions Tied To DrugsMon, 05 Jun 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:O'Reilly, Nicole Area:Ontario Lines:115 Added:06/06/2017

Guns, yes - but knives, pepper spray, hammers, bats, batons and pipes have all been wielded as invaders strike in Hamilton

The number of violent home invasions in Hamilton nearly doubled last year, highlighting a growth in what police say is crime fuelled by the illegal drug trade in the city.

Last year Hamilton police investigated 67 violent home invasion robberies, up from 36 in 2015, said police spokesperson Const. Steve Welton.

As of March this year there had already been 12 home invasions, according to police records. The Spectator is aware of at least five more since then, including two in which people were shot.

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14 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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15 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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16 CN BC: VANDU Names First Aboriginal PresidentThu, 25 May 2017
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Lupick, Travis Area:British Columbia Lines:73 Added:05/29/2017

At her office in the Downtown Eastside, Lorna Bird argued that Canada's drug laws actually hurt people a lot more than the drugs themselves.

"I lost two daughters to the war on drugs," she told the Georgia Straight.

The first one died of AIDS in 1994. Bird explained that at the time, Vancouver needle-exchange programs operated with a strict one-for-one requirement. That forced intravenous drug users to share dirty needles, spreading HIV.

In 2008, another daughter died of an overdose. Bird maintained that if she had been able to purchase drugs legally, from a supply that was regulated and, therefore, clean, she would still be alive today.

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17 CN ON: Halton Sergeant Charged After Probe Into Evidence TamperingMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:McLean, Jesse Area:Ontario Lines:147 Added:05/29/2017

Cop led unit that encouraged residents to drop off prescription drugs

The former head of Halton Region's police drug squad, who once boasted of major busts and encouraged residents to drop off their unused prescription painkillers so police could properly dispose of them, has been arrested and accused of using his position to steal drug exhibits stored in an evidence vault.

Brad Murray, a staff sergeant with 16 years on the Halton force, was charged Sunday with obstruction of justice and two counts each of theft under $5,000 and breach of trust following a seven-month internal probe and external investigation by Toronto police.

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18 US: Older Women And Cannabis: A Growth IndustrySun, 28 May 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Ellin, Abby Area:United States Lines:148 Added:05/28/2017

Jeanine Moss never expected to get into the cannabis industry. But that was before her hip-replacement surgery.

Ms. Moss, 62, of Marina Del Ray, Calif., had quit her job as a marketing consultant before she had her hip done in 2014. As she left the hospital, her doctors handed her a "shopping bag filled with opiates," she said. The drugs made her disoriented and woozy.

So she switched to medical marijuana, which is legal in California and was familiar to her, having grown up in the nearby Venice section of Los Angeles. Within a week, she had tossed away her pharmaceuticals.

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19 CN ON: Police Bust Marijuana DispensarySat, 27 May 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:47 Added:05/27/2017

CAMBRIDGE - Waterloo Regional Police drug officers closed down a marijuana dispensary in Cambridge on Wednesday.

Police raided the storefront business at 184 Samuelson St. near Elgin Street North at 1 p.m.

Police spokesperson Cherri Greeno said the illegal business did not have an official name.

During the raid, police seized a large amount of marijuana, marijuana products, a small amount of suspected cocaine and prescription pills, including Xanax and Oxycocet.

A 29-year-old Cambridge man and a 21-year-old Cambridge woman were arrested. Both face several charges, including possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.

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20 US: OPED: Mandatory Minimums Don't Deserve Your IreFri, 26 May 2017
Source:Wall Street Journal (US) Author:MacDonald, Heather Area:United States Lines:110 Added:05/26/2017

Mandatory Minimums Don't Deserve Your Ire Jeff Sessions's policy won't lock up harmless stoners, but it will help dismantle drug-trafficking networks.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is being tarred as a racist-again-for bringing the law fully to bear on illegal drug traffickers. Mr. Sessions has instructed federal prosecutors to disclose in court the actual amount of drugs that trafficking defendants possessed at the time of arrest. That disclosure will trigger the mandatory penalties set by Congress for large-scale dealers.

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