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1 CN ON: Column: Prescribing A Solution To Opioid AddictionThu, 16 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Reevely, David Area:Ontario Lines:126 Added:03/16/2017

City health authorities considering heroin to treat addicts

Ottawa's health unit supports prescribing heroin to treat severe addicts and at least one treatment clinic is considering it as the city fights the rising rates of overdoses from it and similar opioid drugs.

"We really see it as more an extension of our opiate substitution therapy program than part of our supervised injection efforts," said Rob Boyd, the head of the drug-treatment programs at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre on Rideau Street. Boyd has been leading the charge to add an injection site to the centre's existing methadone clinic.

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2CN ON: Health Unit, Clinic Support Prescribing HeroinWed, 15 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Reevely, David Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/15/2017

Ottawa's health unit supports prescribing heroin to treat severe addicts and at least one treatment clinic is considering it as the city fights the rising rates of overdoses from it and similar opioid drugs.

"We really see it as more an extension of our opiate substitution therapy program than part of our supervised injection efforts," said Rob Boyd, the head of the drug-treatment programs at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre on Rideau Street. Boyd has been leading the charge to add an injection site to the centre's existing methadone clinic.

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3 CN ON: Column: Drug Counterfeiters Using Fentanyl Are Getting AwayTue, 07 Mar 2017
Source:Chatham Daily News, The (CN ON) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Ontario Lines:71 Added:03/09/2017

While it seems out of context for a career progressive, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has gone law-and-order rogue in his quest to stem the plague of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the nation's capital.

He wants manslaughter charges laid against drug dealers if the illicit narcotics they peddle end up causing death. And he is not wrong in wanting this. The time is now to stop whistling past the graveyard, and ignoring the fact there is a fentanyl crisis that is not going away anytime soon - aided by the fact the lethal drug, 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin, is being laced into counterfeit pain killers disguised as known prescription narcotics of specific strengths.

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4 CN MB: Column: Drug Counterfeiters Using Fentanyl Getting Away WithSun, 05 Mar 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Manitoba Lines:94 Added:03/08/2017

While it seems out of context for a career progressive, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has gone law-and-order rogue in his quest to stem the plague of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the nation's capital.

He wants manslaughter charges laid against drug dealers if the illicit narcotics they peddle end up causing death.

And he is not wrong in wanting this.

The time is now to stop whistling past the graveyard, and ignoring the fact there is a fentanyl crisis that is not going away anytime soon - aided by the fact the lethal drug, 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin, is being laced into counterfeit pain killers disguised as known prescription narcotics of specific strengths.

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5 CN AB: Column: Drug Dealers Getting Away With MurderSun, 05 Mar 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Alberta Lines:95 Added:03/08/2017

While it seems out of context for a career progressive, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has gone law-and-order rogue in his quest to stem the plague of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the nation's capital.

He wants manslaughter charges laid against drug dealers if the illicit narcotics they peddle end up causing death.

And he is not wrong in wanting this.

The time is now to stop whistling past the graveyard, and ignoring the fact there is a fentanyl crisis that is not going away anytime soon - aided by the fact the lethal drug, 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin, is being laced into counterfeit pain killers disguised as known prescription narcotics of specific strengths.

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6 CN ON: Column: Time To End The SlaughterSun, 05 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Ontario Lines:98 Added:03/08/2017

Drug counterfeiters using fentanyl getting away with murder

While it seems out of context for a career progressive, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has gone law-and-order rogue in his quest to stem the plague of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the nation's capital.

He wants manslaughter charges laid against drug dealers if the illicit narcotics they peddle end up causing death.

And he is not wrong in wanting this.

The time is now to stop whistling past the graveyard, and ignoring the fact there is a fentanyl crisis that is not going away anytime soon - aided by the fact the lethal drug, 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin, is being laced into counterfeit pain killers disguised as known prescription narcotics of specific strengths.

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7CN ON: Test Strips Let Users See If They've Been Exposed To FentanylSat, 04 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Gillis, Megan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/06/2017

AIDS committee hopes to use results for study

A project launched this week by the AIDS Committee of Ottawa is offering urine test strips that reveal to people who have used drugs whether they've been unwittingly exposed to the powerful opioid fentanyl.

"We're hoping to give community members a free and simple way to find out whether or not they've been exposed to fentanyl through recent substance use and we're also hoping, if we can, to collect a bit of data on what those results might be," ACO harm reduction coordinator Caleb Chepesiuk said.

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8 CN BC: VPD Uses Naloxone For First Time To Reverse Drug OverdoseThu, 02 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Courier (CN BC) Author:Howell, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:113 Added:03/06/2017

Officer used the nasal spray form of the drug inside Rogers Arena

A Vancouver police officer working at a Vancouver Canucks hockey game has become the first member of the department to use the overdose-reversing drug naloxone on an overdose victim.

Staff Sgt. Bill Spearn of the VPD's organized crime section said the officer was working with a partner Dec. 28 at a Canucks game at Rogers Arena and noticed a commotion outside one of the gates involving a man who collapsed on the ground.

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9CN ON: Local Opioids Death Rate Double Ontario AverageFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Cross, Brian Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/06/2017

A "huge spike" in local opioid-related deaths - an overdose death rate that's double the Ontario average - is one of the disturbing findings of a health unit report that is spurring officials to quickly collaborate on a plan of action.

"The gravity of the situation, it's prompting us to move faster," the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit's associate medical officer of health, Dr. Wajid Ahmed, said Thursday, expressing hope that a coalition of local police, paramedics, hospitals and health unit officials will devise "strong recommendations and actions to help our community," in the next few months.

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10 CN NF: LTE: Budget 2017 Must Cut Crime, Not JusticeFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Western Star, The (CN NF) Author:Drover, Devin Area:Newfoundland Lines:65 Added:03/06/2017

It is evident by recent cuts to our public sector that the provincial government's commitment to austerity measures will undoubtedly continue through the upcoming spring budget.

However, as the rise of violent crime and introduction of dangerous new drugs to our province risks tearing apart our families and communities, it remains clear that we cannot afford further cuts to justice and public safety initiatives within our province.

Appealing to relevant statistics about drug use and crime in our province brings only heartwrenching conclusions. Drug-related deaths within Newfoundland and Labrador increased 42 per cent from 2014 to 2015. Fentanyl, an extremely dangerous street drug, has been the subject of a recent public warning by the RCMP after the fatal opioid was spotted on the Burin Peninsula. Furthermore, this warning comes merely a month after a St. John's drug bust seized over 250 fentanyl pills that were manufactured to appear like OxyContin, an often abused prescription painkiller.

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11 CN BC: Carfentanil Bust In NelsonFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Johnson, Will Area:British Columbia Lines:168 Added:03/06/2017

It's an elephant tranquilizer, and it can kill you.

The Nelson Police Department recently busted a man for possession, and after sending away his faux oxycodone tablets to Health Canada they were informed the batch contained carfentanil.

"I was extremely upset when I saw that. I've been reading about it North America-wide,hearing about it in major cities, but I didn't expect to see it in Nelson this fast," detective David Laing told the Star.

The deadly synthetic opioid is 100 times more potent than fentanyl, the primary drug responsible for nearly 1,000 B.C. overdose deaths in 2016. Chief Paul Burkart has named addressing this issue as the department's number-one priority, holding numerous community meetings on the subject.

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12 CN ON: 'Escobars Of Marijuana'Wed, 01 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:117 Added:03/06/2017

In trouble for selling weed

Nova Coates recognized the armed man in the black balaclava as soon as he burst into her Bank Street store.

The clerk had served him as one of her "patients" at the Weeds Glass & Gifts marijuana dispensary.

"I said to the cop, 'I recognize you.'"

The undercover Ottawa police officer and other squad members raided Weeds that afternoon in January, hauling away bags of dried weed, cannabis oils, cookies, candies and concentrates.

Coates and the other clerk behind the counter, Cassandra Morrison, were arrested. The handcuffs were pink, Coates recalls. "I was like, 'Wow, did you know there were two women working here?'"(Coates correctly speculated that the pink cuffs were part of a police campaign to support a breast cancer charity.)

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13CN ON: 'Budtenders' Push Past Raids, ArrestsWed, 01 Mar 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/06/2017

One month later, they're back at work

Nova Coates recognized the armed man in the black balaclava as soon as he burst into her Bank Street store.

The clerk had served him as one of her "patients" at the Weeds Glass & Gifts marijuana dispensary.

"I said to the cop, 'I recognize you.' "

The undercover Ottawa police officer and other squad members raided Weeds that afternoon in January, hauling away bags of dried weed, cannabis oils, cookies, candies and concentrates.

Coates and the other clerk behind the counter, Cassandra Morrison, were arrested. The handcuffs were pink, Coates recalls. "I was like, 'Wow, did you know there were two women working here?' " (Coates correctly speculated that the pink cuffs were part of a police campaign to support a breast cancer charity.)

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14 CN ON: Life-Saving Drug Comes To OxfordMon, 27 Feb 2017
Source:Sentinel Review (CN ON) Author:Tapley, John Area:Ontario Lines:158 Added:03/04/2017

Higher-dosage, easier-to-use Naxolone kits, which cane help prevent opioid overdoses, are now available through Oxford County public health

Higher-dosage and easier-to-use Naloxone kits will soon be available free of charge to anyone in Oxford County to help prevent opioid overdose deaths.

"We're just finishing up our policies to be able to dispense it, so we're really close," said Lisa Gillespie, a nurse with Oxford County public health. "We should be able to dispense it within the next few weeks."

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15 CN ON: Ttc Investigator Warns Of Booze, Drug Use Among WorkersTue, 28 Feb 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Spurr, Ben Area:Ontario Lines:106 Added:02/28/2017

Union slams allegations in court document as 'absolutely false'

The TTC's workforce has a substance abuse problem that could put passengers and the public at serious risk if it's not addressed, according to a court document filed by the transit agency.

But a representative of the union that represents TTC workers calls the allegations of substance abuse "absolutely false."

In a factum the TTC submitted before a hearing this week on its proposed random drug and alcohol testing policy, the agency said that between October 2010 and December 2016 there were 291 incidents in which employees' behaviour raised safety concerns. In almost half of those, the TTC either suspected or confirmed drug or alcohol use.

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16CN ON: A Funeral, And Calls To Help The KidsMon, 20 Feb 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Pilieci, Vito Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:02/25/2017

Kotvals want action on counterfeit drugs; Kanata man details daughter's struggles

The family of Chloe Kotval called on police and public officials on Sunday to immediately address the availability of "high-grade counterfeit pharmaceuticals" in the community.

Releasing a statement hours before her funeral, the grieving family remembered Kotval as a "well-loved" and "warm" person who was cherished by her friends before losing her life far too soon.

"Our beloved daughter, Chloe, was a sweet girl adored by family and friends for her warmth, good nature and energy. This week, we have become even more aware of how well-loved she was through the outpouring of support by the community, the schools and services," Kotval's family said in a statement released to the Citizen.

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17 CN BC: Letter: B.C. Government Failing To Prevent Drug DeathsSat, 25 Feb 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Zilm, Duane Area:British Columbia Lines:56 Added:02/25/2017

Editor: I presented the following proposal to the government of B.C. last December. This proposal was, if acted upon, intended to expand our arsenal to fight the losing battle against deaths caused by the drugs fentanyl and carfentanil.

Each of these compounds are, by far, the most potent chemicals in the class of drugs known as opiates.

Fentanyl is far more powerful than codeine, heroin, oxycontin, morphine, etc.

Carfentanil is at least 100 times more powerful than fentanyl.

Opiates work by stimulating "opiate receptors" residing on nerve cells in the brain. The part of the brain most richly endowed by opiate receptors is the part of the brain that controls breathing. When certain cells in the respiratory centre are stimulated, the brain becomes insensitive to the presence of carbon dioxide. If there is a build-up of carbon dioxide, the brain dies and the heart stops. The heart stops and the patient dies.

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18 CN ON: Every Dose A Potential KillerSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Latif, Anam Area:Ontario Lines:218 Added:02/21/2017

WATERLOO REGION - Sally has been taking drugs since her mother introduced her to them when she was 14.

Today, the 26-year-old Kitchener woman is on methadone to curb her cravings.

But Sally, not her real name, still does illicit drugs like crystal meth.

Her drug of choice is crack but last summer while looking for a hit, she bought a "point" of fentanyl and injected it (a point is one-tenth of a gram). She doesn't want to do it again but fears it could be laced in the drugs she usually buys.

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19 CN ON: Trying To Stop A 'Tidal Wave'Sat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:193 Added:02/21/2017

WATERLOO REGION - Five years ago, local paramedics responded to one opioid overdose a week.

Now the rate is almost two overdoses every day.

"Where does it end?" says Robert Crossan, deputy chief of the Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services.

The drug at the core of the crisis is fentanyl - a painkiller 80 times stronger than morphine.

It's a pain medication prescribed and taken by patients through patches.

But 'bootleg' fentanyl is coming in from China, and trace amounts - as small as grains of salt - are being mixed with heroin and cocaine sold on the streets.

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20CN ON: Big Jump In Opioid Deaths Worries City Health OfficialSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Deachman, Bruce Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

The arrests on Thursday of a dozen people in Ottawa believed to be involved in the trafficking of illicit opioids, coupled with the spike in recent years of drug overdose deaths in this city, underscores the need for greater public awareness, says Ottawa Public Health's manager of clinical programs.

"We follow what's happening across Canada - in Vancouver and Alberta - where they're seeing large increases in people dying from opioid overdoses," Andrew Hendriks said.

In Ottawa in 2015, there were 48 deaths from unintentional drug overdoses, a jump of 32 per cent over the previous year (the rest of Ontario saw just a six-per-cent increase in the same period). Of the 48 Ottawa deaths, 29 were the result of opioid use, of which 14 were attributable to fentanyl.

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