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101CN BC: Man Convicted For Dispensary Pot BuyTue, 04 Oct 2016
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Dickson, Louise Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2016

People who buy pot from medical marijuana dispensaries can still be charged criminally, even though the City of Victoria has implemented regulations for the storefronts, warns a local defence lawyer.

Last month, Chantelle Sutton represented a Victoria man who bought marijuana at a local dispensary in August 2015. After a brief trial, Leslie Ian Hall was convicted of possessing marijuana.

But Hall was handed an absolute discharge when the judge found Hall honestly believed he could legally buy marijuana with a doctor's prescription and his membership with the Vancouver Island Compassion Society.

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102 CN ON: City Installing Needle BinsFri, 23 Sep 2016
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Moodie, Jim Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:09/26/2016

A bright yellow bin, about the size of a mailbox but taller, is now positioned on the edge of the Junction Creek trail near Hnatyshyn Park.

The sunny hue, however, belies the gravity of its contents and the issue it's mean to address.

The receptacle also boasts a biohazard symbol, and is there to contain used drug needles that might otherwise be left on the ground and cause a prick wound and possible infection.

It appeared within the last week, and in the wake of concerns raised in late July about the dangers of discarded syringes.

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103 CN ON: City Seeks Local Input On Injection CentresTue, 20 Sep 2016
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Dongen, Matthew Van Area:Ontario Lines:125 Added:09/22/2016

Hamilton will join the vanguard of Ontario cities studying whether to give drug users a legal, supervised site to inject opioids such as heroin.

The board of health voted Monday to study supervised injection sites - so long as the cost fits within the 2017 budget.

But the panel asked for emphasis on public consultation in areas that could host such a centre.

The vote was one of several Monday that will move the city from laggard to provincial pioneer in public health "harm reduction" strategies, including a decision to offer free, clean crack pipes and potentially expanding distribution of anti-overdose kits.

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104 Canada: OPED: How Patients With Addiction Problems Showed Me A BetterMon, 12 Sep 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hirsh, Alana Area:Canada Lines:198 Added:09/13/2016

In the discussion about Canadian drug policy, the unspoken question is: Why should we take care of drug addicts? I have had to ask myself this because my job is taking care of people with drug dependence and mental illness in the Downtown Eastside, Vancouver's notoriously drug and disease-ridden inner city. What does society gain from assisting people who engage in illegal activity, who bring their diseases and, with increasing prevalence, their death, upon themselves?

I am a McGill and UBC-trained family and emergency physician, and have practised in Canada, the United States and West Africa. I have delivered babies, treated trauma victims, managed chronic disease, and comforted dying people.

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105 CN AB: PUB LTE: Legalizing Drug Use Makes SenseMon, 29 Aug 2016
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Currie, James Area:Alberta Lines:43 Added:08/30/2016

Re: "Drug scourge devastating our city and nothing is being done," Chris Nelson, Opinion, Aug. 25.

Thanks for Chris Nelson's excellent column, which raises important issues.

Firstly, it is outrageous that it has taken 17 months for ASIRT to release its findings in the shooting death of Anthony Heffernan. I do understand why prosecutors declined a criminal prosecution of the policeman involved, as success would require proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

On the other hand, no such requirement is necessary for city police to immediately fire the officer. If CPS wants to "protect and serve," this should happen immediately.

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106 US MA: OPED: Turning The Tide On Opioid AddictionMon, 29 Aug 2016
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Murthy, Vivek H. Area:Massachusetts Lines:114 Added:08/29/2016

RECENTLY I MET a man in Phoenix who told me that being diagnosed with cancer had made him happy. "How could this be?" I asked him. He told me having cancer meant he would likely need surgery, which in turn meant more prescriptions for the pain pills to which he had become addicted. He had started using prescription painkillers when he was young. Over the years, addiction hijacked his brain, compromising his health, altering his reasoning, and leaving broken relationships and deferred dreams in its wake.

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107 CN BC: Inmate Access To Needles Draws DebateTue, 23 Aug 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:106 Added:08/24/2016

Advocates Say Clean Paraphernalia for Inmates Will Curb Blood-Borne Illness Rates in Prison, but Correctional Staff Say They're Unsafe

The availability of illicit drugs in B.C. prisons underscores the need for needle exchanges to curb the transmission of blood-borne illnesses behind bars, civil liberties advocates say, but correctional staff are strongly opposed to the idea, arguing that the increased availability of clean needles could do more harm than good.

Marijuana is the most commonly seized intoxicant from federal prisons in British Columbia, with 225 seizures from eight sites between January, 2010, and June of this year, according to records obtained by The Globe and Mail under freedom of information legislation.

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108 CN ON: Tangled Up In Pot RulesSat, 13 Aug 2016
Source:Barrie Examiner (CN ON) Author:Browne, Cheryl Area:Ontario Lines:161 Added:08/16/2016

Medical marijuana dispensaries and users getting mired in new regulations

Growing your own dope just got a little easier.

Sure, there's all kinds of legal mumbo-jumbo, fire and zoning codes and doctor's notes to obtain, but technically, the federal government just gave medical-marijuana users the green light to grow their own pot.

After federal court Judge Michael Phelan struck down the previous Marijuana for Medical Purposes (MMPR) legislation in February, which barred medical marijuana patients from growing their own cannabis (which they could under the previous Marijuana Medical Access Regulations), he gave the newly-elected Liberal government six months to create new medical marijuana laws.

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109 CN ON: Marijuana Dispensary Open In AldervilleThu, 11 Aug 2016
Source:Northumberland Today (CN ON) Author:Fisher, Pete Area:Ontario Lines:94 Added:08/12/2016

ALDERVILLE - A marijuana dispensary appears to be the first of its kind in Northumberland County.

The store is called South Shore Wellness - Full Service Cannabis Dispensary and is located at 8987 on Hwy. 45 in Roseneath.

The store has been open for approximately two months at the location and after a recent visit by Northumberland Today, it seems business is flourishing.

It is located in an area where there is another store which would be for this type of product including a hydroponic store.

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110CN BC: Injection Site Set Up On The StripThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/30/2016

Drug-user support groups set up temporary, illegal SIS to aid with OD crisis

A small tent pitched in Surrey on Wednesday symbolized the desperate measures being taken to end the ongoing overdose crisis killing drug users across B.C.

In an act of rebellion, drug-user support groups established an illegal, temporary supervised-injection site (SIS) in the city ahead of income-assistance payments Wednesday.

Two weeks ago, Fraser Health responded to 36 non-fatal overdoses in Surrey within 48 hours. Research has shown overdose deaths in B.C. increase by 40 per cent during income-assistance weeks.

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111 US OH: County Looks To Start Needle Swap ProgramFri, 29 Jul 2016
Source:Blade, The (Toledo, OH) Author:Harris-Taylor, Marlene Area:Ohio Lines:92 Added:07/29/2016

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department will soon begin a local needle exchange program aimed at preventing intravenous drug users from contracting HIV or Hepatitis C.

The health board voted unanimously Thursday in support of starting a program which will be administered at two local sites. Both the Talbot Center, a drug addiction recovery center in East Toledo, and St. Paul United Methodist Church downtown have agreed to be access points for the exchanges, said Kelly Burkholder-Allen, acting director of health services.

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112 US MD: PUB LTE: MD. Prisons Must Offer Better Drug TreatmentMon, 25 Jul 2016
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Stoller, Kenneth B. Area:Maryland Lines:54 Added:07/26/2016

Maryland has recently enacted or proposed two work-arounds for the problem of Suboxone being smuggled into prisons. The first action, taking Suboxone off the Medicaid preferred drug list ("State action limits opioid addiction treatments," June 23), destabilized patients in recovery without reducing demand in prisons. Last week, Maryland correctional officials proposed a ban on prisoners receiving personal letters by mail. This proposal was later withdrawn, presumably as a response to criticism by the ACLU ("Maryland corrections officials withdraw proposal to limit inmate mail to postcards," July 21).

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113 CN BC: LTE: Health Dollars Going To Crack Pipes, SyringesWed, 20 Jul 2016
Source:Cowichan Valley Citizen (CN BC) Author:Mathews, Anthony Area:British Columbia Lines:40 Added:07/20/2016

It is without doubt ironic that you use the word 'crack' in your editorial when hundreds of millions of Canadian dollars are thrown down the drain with regards to the so-called "harm reduction" in the form of freebies to the drug dealers and drug addicts.

Like all things, it started with a simple idea of giving syringes to prevent the spread of hepatitis. Then they were advised by the drug companies to give them crack pipes, push sticks, mouth pieces, swabs, heroin fryers and rubber bands etc. Please note the rubber bands are medical rubber bands and the crack pipes are medical crack pipes. That way the drug companies make more profit.

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114US CA: Editorial: Address Drug AbuseSun, 17 Jul 2016
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/17/2016

With fatal drug overdoses at a 10-year high in O.C., it is important to take the time to reevaluate our approach to drug abuse and tackle the harms of such abuse through evidence-based practices proven to save lives.

According to reporting by the Register, at least 400 people lost their lives last year due to drug overdoses. More than two-thirds of the overdoses last year were tied to opioids.

Given the tremendous stigma around drug use and abuse, it is often too difficult for people with substance abuse problems to reach out for help. Ingrained and institutionalized attitudes against drug use have in turn left few resources beyond the criminal justice system to actually assist those in need.

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115 CN ON: Naloxone Spray Expected To Be LifesaverWed, 13 Jul 2016
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Gibson, Victoria Area:Ontario Lines:117 Added:07/14/2016

"We're talking about hundreds of deaths," Justine McIsaac lamented.

For the past year, McIsaac has been on the front lines of Canada's opiate crisis, as an outreach worker for the Street Health Centre. The hundreds of lives lost, she explained, go beyond the city's boundaries, extending not just across the province but across the country.

Last week, an announcement was made by Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott regarding the opiate crisis. Philpott signed an interim order to temporarily allow naloxone - a critical overdose-reversing drug - to be imported and sold in spray form across Canada.

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116 CN BC: Needle NightmareThu, 14 Jul 2016
Source:Now, The (Surrey, CN BC) Author:Reid, Amy Area:British Columbia Lines:212 Added:07/14/2016

Every day, hundreds of discarded needles are picked up from Whalley streets, many of them just steps from City Hall. Now, a downtown business group is offering up fresh solutions.

On one side of the street, children glide up and down on their skateboards at Chuck Bailey skate park. Their laughter fills the air.

On the other side of 107A Avenue, not far away, a homeless man named Robert sits on the ground behind a tree, shrieking while feverishly clapping his hands. His belongings, including a handful of needles, are strewn about on a damp, dirty piece of carpet.

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117 CN ON: Brooklyn's LegacySun, 03 Jul 2016
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Monsebraaten, Laurie Area:Ontario Lines:193 Added:07/05/2016

Tireless advocate for safe injection sites ODs days before they are expected to be approved

Brooklyn McNeil spent much of the last year advocating for a service that could have saved her own life.

Instead, there will be an empty chair tomorrow as Toronto's board of health debates whether to proceed with three safe injection sites in the city after a record 258 overdose deaths in 2014 - a 77-per-cent increase over a decade ago.

McNeil, an Ontario scholar, singer, artist and harm-reduction advocate, died of an overdose in an east Toronto alley last month. She would have turned 23 on Tuesday. "She was so amazing at helping so many people," said her grieving mother, Thia Massaro, on the phone from Thunder Bay, where McNeil grew up. "But in the end she couldn't help herself." McNeil began injecting opiates when she was 18 and had survived six previous overdoses.

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118 CN ON: Anti-Overdose Drug Will Be AvailableSat, 02 Jul 2016
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Weidner, Johanna Area:Ontario Lines:82 Added:07/05/2016

Ontario pharmacies to distribute life-saving naloxone free to people at risk, their families or friends

WATERLOO REGION - A life-saving drug that reverses the effects of an accidental overdose will be available for free at pharmacies across Ontario.

People at risk of an overdose, their family or friends can pick up naloxone at a pharmacy and receive training on how to safely administer the drug in the case of an emergency opioid overdose.

"It's fantastic news," said Chris Harold, acting manager of the harm reduction program at Region of Waterloo Public Health.

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119 US NV: Out Of Harm's WayThu, 23 Jun 2016
Source:Reno News & Review (NV) Author:Vagner, Kris Area:Nevada Lines:288 Added:06/23/2016

There's An Antidote for Heroin Overdose, and a Former Addict Is Among Those Working to Spread It Far and Wide

Joshua Livernois woke up hazy, sick and splashed with Dr. Pepper in a hospital bed in Salinas, California. He couldn't piece together the events of the previous day or so, and he's still not even sure which year it was, probably 2005 or '06. He'd been using heroin off and on for about 10 years and almost daily for five.

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120 CN ON: Injection Sites Must Be Spread Around: FleuryMon, 20 Jun 2016
Source:Metro (Ottawa, CN ON) Author:Scholey, Lucy Area:Ontario Lines:101 Added:06/22/2016

Councillor ready for site but wants more than one

An Ottawa councillor says he welcomes a supervised injection site downtown - but only if there are similar services across the city.

On Monday, Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury and five other councillors on the board of health will debate a staff report that recommends opening a supervised injection site in the city.

Given that the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre has already consulted on its plan to provide such a service, a supervised injection site will likely go in his ward.

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