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1 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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2CN BC: Ecstasy May Offer Help For PTSD: StudyFri, 12 May 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Shore, Randy Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/12/2017

Independent local researchers are raising money for the third phase of a groundbreaking study that uses the party drug ecstasy to treat patients with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The study combines psychotherapy with the use of MDMA, which "enhances the effectiveness of the psychotherapy by helping patients to access and rework the unconscious painful emotions and memories in a safe environment," according to the researchers.

MDMA has already shown promise as an adjunct to psychotherapy, according to the prestigious Lancet Psychiatry medical journal. A randomized controlled pilot study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that 83 per cent of PTSD patients responded positively to psychotherapy combined with MDMA compared with just 25 per cent in the group that received psychotherapy alone.

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3 CN ON: Fentanyl Continues To Wreak HavocFri, 28 Apr 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Crosier, Steph Area:Ontario Lines:120 Added:05/03/2017

Naloxone kits are flying off the shelves at local pharmacies and the Street Health Centre, as fentanyl continues its disastrous wave across eastern Ontario.

Dr. Meredith Mackenzie, a physician at the centre, said on Wednesday that its clients are listening to their advice and reading news reports and are making an effort to curb their use, but it's not working.

"People are much more aware of the drug contamination problem," Mackenzie said. "That means people are using more safely, they're using less, but they are still overdosing, even though they have a big tolerance. We're seeing people with high-opioid tolerance overdosing on smaller amounts of drugs."

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4 CN ON: He Saved 17 People But Police Want To Jail HimSun, 30 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Contenta, Sandro Area:Ontario Lines:394 Added:05/01/2017

Mark Baratta works with drug users on the front lines of Ontario's opioid epidemic. But as deaths mount, Baratta's story illustrates how far society has to go to end the crisis . . . if it so chooses

Like most people who might be called heroes, Mark Baratta shies away from the label. A lean and purposeful man, Baratta has saved 17 people, each on separate occasions. He chalks it up, with a shrug of his shoulders, to keeping his head in the presence of death.

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5Canada: A Parent's Worst NightmareSat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Kalaichandran, Amitha Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:04/24/2017

Young brains more vulnerable to fentanyl and opioid addiction

At 23, Cameron Shaver seemed to be on track for success with a landscaping business, a new car, and he was thinking about heading back to school to take culinary arts.

The jack-of-all-trades from Winnipeg was an inspiration to his friends. He'd come a long way from his earlier teen years, when he had struggled with drug addiction. Back then, it was ecstasy.

Cameron had been clean for years when, last September, his mother Sandi received the phone call that no mother should get. Cameron had died of a fentanyl overdose.

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6 CN ON: Column: In The Eyes Of The Law, Where's The Breathalyzer ForThu, 20 Apr 2017
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Sommerfeld, Lorraine Area:Ontario Lines:107 Added:04/24/2017

Canada loves being way up there, even No. 1, in those surveys about the best places to visit or live. Not so cool? We're also No. 1 in alcohol-related vehicle deaths among wealthy countries, according to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reporting on 2015.

If we can't get our game together on alcohol, what's going to happen when we add legalized marijuana to the mix? I pity the cops tasked with judging a cornucopia of drug-addled drivers, dabbling from both the illegal and legal sides of the aisle.

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7 CN AB: The War On Deadly OpioidsWed, 19 Apr 2017
Source:St. Albert Gazette (CN AB) Author:Henderson, Jennifer Area:Alberta Lines:135 Added:04/22/2017

How drug units deal with fentanyl

The death toll for fentanyl continues to rise in 2017, with nearly double the number of deaths being reported in the first six weeks of the year.

According to Health Canada, from Jan. 1 to Feb, 11, 51 people died from overdosing on fentanyl. In 2016 during the same six weeks, 28 Albertans died as a result of a fentanyl overdose.

The drug was first found in St. Albert in 2014 and since then the St. Albert RCMP's drug unit said that currently there is at least one pill found in around 80 per cent of their overall drug cases.

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8CN BC: Family Doctors Key To Screening For Addiction In Fight AgainstSat, 15 Apr 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2017

A tag hanging from a dead man's left toe says the cause of death was an overdose of fentanyl, "unknowingly taken with other drugs."

The cadaver draped in a white sheet is displayed in transit ads funded by the Vancouver Police Foundation and represents 922 people who died in British Columbia from drug overdoses last year alone.

A spiralling number of deaths, often involving the painkiller fentanyl, prompted the provincial government to declare a public health emergency on April 14, 2016, and to launch its own awareness campaign on TV, radio, Facebook, transit and at bars and restaurants.

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9 Canada: Column: Why Stop With Pot? Let's Decriminalize All DrugsTue, 11 Apr 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Picard, Andre Area:Canada Lines:106 Added:04/13/2017

Canada is preparing to legalize and regulate possession of marijuana - with a target date of July 1, 2018.

It's a long overdue public policy with sound economic and health arguments to back it up, notably: More harm is caused by criminal prohibition and prosecution than the use of marijuana itself; Criminal laws prohibiting possession do not deter use; Decriminalization of possession does not lead to greater use; Decriminalization frees up resources for police and the courts to deal with more serious crimes;

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10 CN ON: Overdoses, One Fatal, Spark New ConcernSun, 09 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Rider, David Area:Ontario Lines:69 Added:04/13/2017

Four others in serious condition after ecstasy use at two city dance clubs

Five overdoses near Toronto nightclubs early Saturday, including one that killed a 24-year-old woman, triggered a health warning and calls for clubs and authorities to take new steps to save lives.

Police say the overdoses involved the party drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy. Tests should reveal if the woman also ingested fentanyl, a toxic anesthetic sometimes mixed into other drugs, or another substance.

The overdoses near Uniun Nightclub, near Adelaide and Portland Sts., and Rebel Nightclub at Polson Pier are part of an alarming trend, said Councillor Joe Cressy, who chairs the city's drugstrategy.

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11 CN NS: Exhibits Still Unaccounted For From Evidence StorageMon, 27 Feb 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Woodford, Zane Area:Nova Scotia Lines:67 Added:03/04/2017

Force believes missing money placed in police bank account

Halifax Regional Police have located 34 of 72 exhibits that were missing from their evidence storage, but the remaining 38 - including nearly $5,000 in cash - are still unaccounted for.

Chief Jean-Michel Blais will present a report to the municipality's Board of Police Commissioners on Monday updating the force's progress on finding the missing items from the Drug Exhibit Audit released last year.

That audit was conducted between June and November 2015 after an officer was accused of stealing from an evidence vault. Police originally found 90 per cent of the drug exhibits in one vault were unaccounted for, and 55 per cent of the evidence in the money vault wasn't where it was supposed to be.

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12 CN ON: Opioid Overdose Crisis Draws A CrowdTue, 28 Feb 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Elliot Area:Ontario Lines:74 Added:02/28/2017

Health, community and emergency service agencies from the Kingston area gathered Monday to plan for what many fear is a coming public-health crisis.

With a sudden spike in opioid overdoses across the country, medical experts, paramedics, firefighters, police officers, community health groups and representatives from public health units from Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Grenville and Lanark and Prince Edward County met for a daylong set of table-top exercises and discussions about how best to cope with the opioid overdose crisis should it hit the Kingston area.

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13 CN ON: Region Struggles With Drugs That Claim More Lives Than CarSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:271 Added:02/21/2017

WATERLOO REGION - A group of parents sit around a small table. Their eyes are red from crying.

Nearby are framed photos of the children they have lost to drug overdoses. Among them are Iain Goddard, Brittany Cobbing and Austin Padaric.

Janice Walsh-Goddard didn't even know what fentanyl was when she heard it killed her son.

Iain Goddard died last May while Janice was in England on vacation. She got the call on the last day of her weeklong trip.

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14 CN BC: Marijuana Could Contain Fentanyl: RCMPWed, 15 Feb 2017
Source:Rocky Mountain Goat News, The (CN BC) Author:Matthews, Evan Area:British Columbia Lines:110 Added:02/15/2017

When asked if fentanyl is the now biggest reason to fear recreational drugs, Valemount RCMP Officer, Chris Gallant said, "To answer the question simply, yes."

The Valemount Secondary School hosted a fentanyl forum to educate residents on what fentanyl is, what an overdose looks like and how to reverse the effects of an overdose. A similar presentation was given to students earlier in the day.

Principal Dan Kenkel emceed the forum and the panel consisted of the B.C. Ambulance Service's (BCAS), Dakota Stone, B.C. Emergency Health Services' (BCEHS) Community Paramedic, Jasmin Gasser, Northern Health Mental Health and Addictions Counselor, Heather Whalen, Northern Health Community Health Nurse, Bernita Nesjan, and RCMP Officer, Chris Gallant.

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15CN SN: The Dope On Driving While Drug-ImpairedThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Cowan, Pamela Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:02/11/2017

Reporter's eerie experience in simulator suit

I felt like Jimmy Hoffa with one leg encased in cement.

I was lurching because of my super heavy left leg, which made it tough to walk and impossible to navigate in a straight line.

My ears buzzed with random sounds.

My double vision was blurry with flashing red, blue and green lights on the periphery.

If I shut one eye I could kind of focus on what was straight ahead. But barely.

When four tennis balls were lobbed my way, I was so uncoordinated and my reaction time so slow I couldn't catch one. My right arm chronically twitched and I could barely turn my neck or bend my elbows because of my restricted movement.

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16CN BC: Column: Less Enabling Needed To Battle B.C.'s Drug CrisisMon, 06 Feb 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Clark, Gordon Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/09/2017

Here we are in the biggest fatal overdose epidemic in B.C. history and what's top of mind for the province's addiction treatment experts? The need to "destigmatize" addiction. In fact, let's not even call the taking of deadly illegal drugs an "addiction" or "drug abuse" any more, they tell us. We're supposed to call addicts "patients" with a "substance-use disorder."

Excuse me if I don't buy the nicey-nicey language. And I doubt if most people who live in the real world and who have to pay millions of dollars in taxes for all these latest trendy approaches to drug addiction do, either.

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17 CN BC: Fernie Prepares For FentanylThu, 02 Feb 2017
Source:Free Press, The (Fernie, CN BC) Author:McLachlan, Phil Area:British Columbia Lines:98 Added:02/05/2017

All first responders in the Fernie area are now equipped to take on a potential opioid crisis.

Fernie Fire and Rescue were the last group in the area to become trained in opioid overdose situations by BC Emergency Health Services. The main area of focus for training was on Naloxone, the antidote for opioid overdoses.

Unable to give any numbers at this time, Elk Valley RCMP Corporal Bob Wright did state that, "We have responded to Fentanyl drug use in the Elk Valley. It has resulted in overdose-type situations."

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18 CN BC: Carfentanil May Explain Overdose SurgeThu, 02 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Givetash, Linda Area:British Columbia Lines:87 Added:02/02/2017

Provincial health officer says powerful drug, found in recent treatment-facility tests, may be to blame for spike in deaths last year

The appearance of the deadly opioid carfentanil may explain the dramatic spike in overdoses in British Columbia, despite efforts to slow the carnage, the provincial health officer says.

Perry Kendall said as the number of overdose deaths climbed to record levels in November and December, officials suspected the synthetic drug normally used as a tranquilizer on large animals such as elephants was to blame.

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19 CN BC: Burkart Spearheads Fentanyl Task ForceFri, 27 Jan 2017
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Johnson, Will Area:British Columbia Lines:158 Added:01/31/2017

Nelson Police Chief aims to educate public and those vulnerable to overdose

The numbers are terrifying.

Nelson Police Chief Paul Burkart has the B.C.Coroners Service annual report sitting on his desk, as well as alarming Interior Health statistics that show fentanyl has come to the Kootenays.

In 2016 there were 914 overdose deaths in B.C.,a record number for the province and more than double the total for 2015.

"It certainly does scare me," Burkart told the Star.

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20 CN ON: Drug Overdoses IncreaseThu, 12 Jan 2017
Source:Delhi News-Record, The (CN ON) Author:Sonnenberg, Monte Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:01/16/2017

The Haldimand- Norfolk Health Unit wasn't exaggerating last year when it warned about the threat of illegal street drugs cut with powerful synthetic opioids.

Norfolk paramedics responded to 37 drug overdoses in all of 2014. This rose to 59 in 2015. In 2016, the total was 90.

"These are only the number of calls that were specifically dispatched as drug overdoses and do not account for other primary problems associated with overdose that the crews were sent to such as vital- signs- absent, unconscious-unresponsiveness, seizures, respiratory problems or behavioural-psychiatric occurrences," Sarah Townsend, Norfolk's manager of emergency medical services, said Jan. 6 in an update on opioid occurrences.

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