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141 Australia: OPED: A Drug-Free World Is An Impossible DreamTue, 19 Apr 2016
Source:Age, The (Australia) Author:Chipp, Greg Area:Australia Lines:120 Added:04/19/2016

World leaders have an opportunity to act on the global drug problem that causes untold human suffering and costs billions a year.

The discussions will have an immediate flow-on effect to changes in drug policy being contemplated in Australia and around the world.

In 1998, a special session of the United Nations General Assembly agreed to set a 10-year deadline to make the world "drug free". After an embarrassing failure to achieve this goal, the deadline was extended a further 10 years, setting the world up for another inevitable failure in 2019.

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142 US NY: Has The War On Drugs Failed?Tue, 19 Apr 2016
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Simmons, Ann M. Area:New York Lines:128 Added:04/19/2016

A U. N. Special Session Will Examine the Effects of the Hard- Line Approach and Will Study Alternatives.

At what is being billed as the most significant high-level gathering on global drug policy in two decades, the stage will be set for world leaders to discuss what would have once been unthinkable - reversing course in the war on drugs.

The United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem, which begins Tuesday in New York, will bring together government, human rights and health leaders to discuss whether the hard-line tactics of combating drug trafficking and money laundering have failed.

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143Canada: Ex-justice Joins World Leaders, Celebs Urging New DrugSat, 16 Apr 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Duffy, Andrew Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2016

Former Supreme Court Justice Louise Arbour is among a host of international jurists, politicians, celebrities and sports stars to sign a letter that denounces the "disastrous" war on drugs and urges the United Nations to lead the world toward a more enlightened drug policy.

"Humankind cannot afford a 21st century drug policy as ineffective and counter-productive as the last century's," reads the letter, delivered to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in advance of next week's UN special session on drugs.

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144 CN BC: Inside Insite: B.C.'s Supervised Injection ClinicSat, 16 Apr 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:218 Added:04/17/2016

Supporters of Vancouver Facility Have Faced Many Obstacles but Are Seeing Successes

Before there was fentanyl, the highly addictive opioid at the centre of an ongoing national crisis, there was OxyContin, another drug that took the lives of vulnerable populations. And before Oxy, there was heroin.

In Vancouver's impoverished Downtown Eastside, heroin's ravages helped tip the province into a public-health crisis in the late 1990s. Born of necessity 13 years ago, Insite, a supervised injection clinic that remains the only one of its kind of North America, persevered under the former Conservative government's tough-on-crime anti-drug strategy, which ran counter to such treatment models. After successfully battling the government in a series of court cases, the facility has emerged as a model in harm reduction, representing a new approach to addiction treatment that the federal Liberal government has embraced - and one many communities, including Toronto, are trying replicate.

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145CN ON: Injection Site Champion Says Watson Lacks InsightThu, 14 Apr 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Duffy, Andrew Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:04/14/2016

The Vancouver politician who championed supervised injection sites in that city says Mayor Jim Watson should try to understand drug addicts before rejecting a plan that would keep more of them alive.

"I just get annoyed at politicians who don't go out into the field and talk to the participants and find out what's really going on," former Vancouver Mayor Philip Owen said in an interview with Postmedia. "You can't always rely on reports from your staff."

Watson attends hundreds of community events each year, but Sean LeBlanc, chair of the Drug Users Advocacy League of Ottawa, said the mayor has yet to accept one of his invitations. "We have invited Mr. Watson to several events over several different years. He has attended none of them," said LeBlanc.

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146 CN ON: Sticking It To WatsonThu, 14 Apr 2016
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Duffy, Andrew Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:04/14/2016

Ex-Vncouver Mayor Pans Ottawa Boss Over Safe-injection Sites

The politician who championed supervised injection sites in Vancouver says Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson should try to understand drug addicts before rejecting a plan that would keep more of them alive.

"I just get annoyed at politicians who don't go out into the field and talk to the participants and find out what's really going on," former Vancouver mayor Philip Owen told Postmedia. "You can't always rely on reports from your staff."

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147CN SN: Time For A Safe Injection Site?Wed, 13 Apr 2016
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Charlton, Jonathan Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:04/14/2016

Saskatoon Tribal Council wants to study establishing a location in city

The chief of the Saskatoon Tribal Council wants to investigate the merits of a safe injection site in the city.

"We haven't determined whether or not there should be one here yet. My standpoint is we need to look at the facts and the data and make an informed decision," Felix Thomas said.

The new Liberal federal government appears more friendly to the concept than its Conservative predecessor - last month, Health Canada granted a four-year exemption from federal drug laws for Vancouver's Insite.

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148 CN AB: Local Mom Urges New Drug PoliciesMon, 11 Apr 2016
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Ellwand, Otiena Area:Alberta Lines:84 Added:04/12/2016

She'll take the message to the UN ...

An Edmonton mother is part of a Canadian contingent attending a global drug policy summit at the United Nations headquarters in New York next week to urge governments to forego the "war on drugs" and embrace harm reduction.

The harm reduction approach promotes policies and programs that support and reduce the risks and dangers drug users face, rather than prohibiting the drug itself and punishing users.

Lorna Thomas's 24-year-old son, Alex Thomas-Haug, died by suicide in 2012. Thomas-Haug was a welder and snowboarder who suffered from depression. His mother later found out he'd also been using cocaine.

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149 Canada: Column: Real Adrug Crisisa Is Failed Policy ResponseMon, 11 Apr 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Picard, Andre Area:Canada Lines:124 Added:04/12/2016

The most dangerous consequences of narcotics largely stem from their criminalization, yet we continue to try to control supply

Canada is in the midst of a fentanyl crisis. Actually, fentanyl is just the latest drug to take centre stage in a seemingly never-ending string of crises featuring the "fill-in-theblank" drug du jour: opium, cocaine, heroin, crack, OxyContin, heroin again and now fentanyl.

What's next? The word on the street is that W-18, a drug 100 times more potent than fentanyl, is displacing it.

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150CN AB: Edmonton Mother Heads To New York For UN Summit On DrugsMon, 11 Apr 2016
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Ellwand, Otiena Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:04/12/2016

An Edmonton mother is part of a Canadian contingent attending a global drug policy summit at the United Nations headquarters in New York next week to urge governments to forego the "war on drugs" and embrace harm reduction.

The harm reduction approach promotes policies and programs that support and reduce the risks and dangers drug users face, rather than prohibiting the drug itself and punishing users.

Lorna Thomas's 24-year-old son, Alex Thomas-Haug, died by suicide in 2012. Thomas-Haug was a welder and snowboarder who suffered from depression. His mother later found out he'd also been using cocaine.

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151 CN BC: Downtown Injection Site Has SupportersSat, 09 Apr 2016
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Duffy, Andrew Area:British Columbia Lines:73 Added:04/10/2016

Addiction Treatment Agencies Say It's Needed

A coalition of addiction treatment agencies has unanimously endorsed the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre's plan to open a supervised injection site in downtown Ottawa.

"There is clear evidence of need for supervised injection services in Ottawa," Lise Girard, chair of the Champlain Addiction Co-ordinating Body, wrote in a letter of support obtained by Postmedia. The co-ordinating body represents 20 government-funded agencies in the region that offer drug and alcohol treatment programs.

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152CN ON: Safe Injection Site Called a 'No-Brainer'Sat, 09 Apr 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Duffy, Andrew Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:04/10/2016

Those in the Field Say Such a Facility Would Be First Step in Treatment

A coalition of addiction treatment agencies has unanimously endorsed the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre's plan to open a supervised injection site in downtown Ottawa.

"There is clear evidence of need for supervised injection services in Ottawa," Lise Girard, chair of the Champlain Addiction Co-ordinating Body, wrote in a letter of support obtained by Postmedia. The co-ordinating body represents 20 government-funded agencies in the region that offer drug and alcohol treatment programs.

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153CN ON: Drug Site Needs City Approval, Hoskins SaysFri, 08 Apr 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Duffy, Andrew Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:04/09/2016

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins has suggested he will only consider funding a safe injection site for Ottawa if the project has municipal approval.

In a statement issued to Postmedia, Hoskins said decisions about safe injection sites rest mostly with federal and municipal governments.

"I understand that such a proposal is currently being considered by the City of Ottawa," he said. "Our government has been clear that we will consider a request for a safe injection site if a municipality were to come forward with a proposal." Asked to clarify whether the province would consider a proposal that came directly from a health centre, not a municipality, an official in Hoskins's office said, "We're not going to prejudge the outcomes of the municipal process."

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154US CA: Safe Sites For Drug Users ProposedThu, 07 Apr 2016
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Chandler, Jenna Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:04/08/2016

A lawmaker from Stockton wants California to take a radical approach to prevent overdose deaths: Give users a clean place and medical supervision to shoot up.

Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman has introduced a bill that would allow local health departments such as the OC Health Care Agency to set up "supervised consumption services" in their communities, typically places where people bring in drugs they bought on the streets and safely ride out their high while monitored by nurses.

"I know when you first hear about it, it's like, 'What? You're condoning drug use.' No, we're acknowledging people are dying on the streets," Eggman said Tuesday at the Assembly's public safety committee hearing in Sacramento. "In the U.S., we have chosen to treat addiction from a criminal perspective. It's high time we start treating it like a public health issue."

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155US CA: Supervised Drug Use UrgedWed, 06 Apr 2016
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:Noon, Alison Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:04/06/2016

Lawmaker's Proposal Comes As S.F., Other Cities Weigh Sites

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A lawmaker wants to allow California addicts to use heroin, crack and other drugs at supervised facilities to cut down on overdoses, joining several U.S. cities considering establishing the nation's first legal drug-injection sites.

The proposal introduced Tuesday comes as San Francisco, Seattle, New York City and Ithaca, New York, weigh ordinances to set up the facilities, citing the success of a site operating in Canada since 2003.

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156 CN ON: Unpleasant SurpriseMon, 04 Apr 2016
Source:Kenora Daily Miner And News (CN ON) Author:Lamb, Sheri Area:Ontario Lines:107 Added:04/06/2016

Melting snow brings out the natural beauty of a community, unfortunately it also brings into sight garbage which was previously hidden underneath the snow.

Among the garbage can be discarded needles, which Kenora residents have been reporting, mainly through social media, that they have found at various places, including Anicinable Park. The Northwestern Health Unit's needle exchange program, which is part of its Harm Reduction Program services, has been blamed as the source of these needles.

Gillian Lunny, manager of the health unit's harm reduction program, said she cannot confirm whether the number of needles being found around Kenora in the spring of 2016 is higher or lower than in previous years.

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157CN AB: Column: We Need A Discussion On Safe Injection SitesTue, 05 Apr 2016
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Simons, Paula Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:04/06/2016

A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll says 44 per cent of Edmontonians surveyed support the establishment of a safe injection site for IV drug users in this city.

Another 30 per cent opposed the idea, while 26 per cent were undecided.

That's not overwhelming public support. But it suggests an intriguing degree of public receptiveness. And this is the right time for us to be having that discussion.

Historically, heroin hasn't been a problem drug in Edmonton. But that's changing. In 2013, there were 19 visits to emergency rooms in the Edmonton health zone because of heroin overdoses. Last year, there were 118. In the first two months of 2016, there were about as many heroin overdoses as there were in all of 2013.

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158CN ON: Injection-Site Proponents Undeterred By OppositionTue, 05 Apr 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Duffy, Andrew Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:04/06/2016

Bid will go ahead even without local officials' blessing, health centre says

Officials at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre intend to pursue their plan to open a safe-injection service in downtown Ottawa even if the proposal is ultimately rejected by city council.

"We are very open to continuing the dialogue locally with city council or the board of health, but if local officials can't or won't provide letters of support for us, we just have to accept that and move on," health centre executive Rob Boyd told reporters Monday.

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159CN AB: Poll Finds Many Unsure On Safe-Injection SitesMon, 04 Apr 2016
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Gerein, Keith Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:04/05/2016

The idea of a supervised-injection site in Edmonton appears to have lukewarm support among city residents, a new poll has found.

One of the researchers assembling a proposal for medically supervised injection services in the city said Sunday she hopes support will grow once people find out more about how the service would work.

"We're helping people stay alive, and also helping them find an off-ramp from using injection drugs," said Elaine Hyshka, a University of Alberta public health researcher and core member of Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton.

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160 US WA: Seattle Ponders Safe Haven for Heroin, Other Drug UseTue, 05 Apr 2016
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Beekman, Daniel Area:Washington Lines:189 Added:04/05/2016

Safety Push

Local officials are showing interest in making Seattle the first U.S. city to offer a medically supervised site for drug use, which advocates say could reduce overdose deaths, disease transmission and discarded needles on the ground.

Seattle could become the first city in the U.S. with a public site where users can inject and smoke hard drugs under medical supervision.

One local group plans to open a bare-bones safe-consumption site on a shoestring budget as soon as possible, while another group has launched an awareness campaign to build support among politicians and communities.

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