Painkiller mixed with cocaine by dealers can cause seizures, coma or
Police fear a growing amount of buffing agent being seized in drug
busts means more high-level dealers are bringing wholesale quantities
into Edmonton for redistribution, creating another avenue for profit.
The Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement (EDGE) unit seized more buffing
agent in 2016 - 82.05 kg - than all cocaine, marijuana, heroin and
Buffing agents are used by drug dealers to dilute illicit drugs to
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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
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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When it comes to fighting the illegal drug trade, fentanyl knows no
Overdose deaths attributed to the illicit opioid are skyrocketing each
year in cities, towns and on reserves in Alberta.
The Blood Tribe Police have not been immune to the effects on the
community it serves to protect. They welcome the Alberta Government's
announcement last week that police officers are among those who will
be trained to administer lifesaving Naloxone, which temporarily
reverses the effect of fentanyl.
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After a spike in roadside drug seizures, Athabasca RCMP are reminding
people marijuana is still illegal.
The past month has seen a spike in drug seizures through traffic
stops, with approximately 10 grams of cocaine and methamphetamine and
300 grams of marijuana and marijuana products - such as hash and hash
oil - in 15 separate incidents, said Cpl. Curtis Harsulla, spokesman
for the Athabasca RCMP.
"Some folks think it may be legal soon, but it's not quite there,"
Typically, the traffic enforcement unit may seize 15 to 30 grams of
various drugs every five days, he said.
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Despite a completely clean campus always being the goal, top brass at
Royal Military College are pleased with the results of a blind drug
test conducted in mid-October that weren't exactly perfect.
"Having now tangible, fact-based information is really great. It gives
us a good assessment of the current situation," Brig.-Gen. Sean
Friday, commandant of RMC, told the Whig-Standard on Wednesday. "The
whole idea of a blind drug test is so that we can get actual
information to see if our [Canadian Armed Forces] drug control program
at large is succeeding or not."
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'These people aren't going out there to die,' enforcement unit officer
The victims of fentanyl, which saw its deadly toll reach new highs in
2016, rarely fit the stereotypes people sometimes imagine, advocates
"We're not concerned because we don't believe it can impact us in any
way - but these are soccer moms and accountants and lawyers," said
Rosalind Davis, whose partner Nathan Huggins-Rosenthal held an MBA and
was a stockbroker when he became addicted to the opioid that
ultimately killed him.
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A startling dissection of drug use in London - with the personal
illnesses and public ills exposed - has laid on the table a compelling
case for a supervised injection site in the city.
But the sticky questions of exactly where the site or sites should go,
whether the city can take the other steps necessary to make a site
worthwhile, and how crystal meth and fentanyl will play a role remain
The lead researcher of a study on providing supervised injection in
London did have one answer for residents still questioning the sanity
of giving people a place to inject their illicit drugs.
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Harm-reduction focus oversimplifies problem, writes Michael
Breaking news! There is actually a place called hell. No, it's not
where you think it is. On a recent trip to Norway I learned that
"Hell" is a sleepy rural village. Actually the word means luck, from
the overhanging cliff caves in the area known as hellir in old Norse.
Gosh, all this time I thought hell was located in the Downtown
Eastside. In reality, it is.
Hell is found in those DTES alleyways where any hour of the day you
can find some poor soul doing the funky chicken, "tweaking" from an
overdose on crack cocaine. These days the drug of choice is the opioid
fentanyl, which leads to a lot less dancing and lot more dying. The
body count is edging towards a thousand a year.
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Finally some good news related to fentanyl.
That is, there's now less of the deadly filth on the streets, since
the Surrey RCMP recently busted three suspects and seized thousands of
doses of illegal drugs.
An investigation was launched in November that focused on drug
traffickers supplying addicts on 135A Street.
Police raids in January removed 4,140 doses of suspected
heroin/fentanyl, 521 doses of methamphetamine and 410 doses of crack
It's no secret what a horrible toll deadly opioids like fentanyl have
taken on our local streets, particularly that forsaken strip of road
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A man in his 20s sat handcuffed in the back of a police car Monday night
after about $500,000 worth of narcotics was found in a southeast Fresno
home, Fresno police Major Narcotics Unit Supervisor Timothy Tietjen said.
Several undercover investigators waited outside a home on the 700 block of
south 4th Street, south of Ventura Avenue.
Tietjen said around 6 p.m. officials made their move while family members,
including children between 4 and 7 years of age, were home.
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Canada's organized-crime groups and gangs are much less likely to
produce and traffic marijuana than they are other illicit drugs such
as cocaine and crystal methamphetamine, according to a new federal
study that tracked drug violations from police forces in four cities
across three provinces.
The new report from Statistics Canada analyzed all drug-related
violations over a two-year period in Victoria, Vancouver, Regina and
Waterloo, Ont., and found that police linked organized crime to 39 per
cent of all cannabis-trafficking charges and 6 per cent of cases
involving the production of marijuana.
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Police forces in Canada testing out devices over February
Next time you come across a police checkpoint in Halifax, you might be
asked to help test a roadside drug-screening device.
Halifax Regional Police (HRP) began a new Public Safety Canada pilot
project a week and half ago, and have until the end of February to
collect 100 saliva samples from anyone who'd like to anonymously
volunteer for the testing in a regular traffic stop.
"This is for us. It's not about any of the public, it's about how
user-friendly are these devices for the police at roadside," Const.
Kristine Fraser of the HRP traffic unit said Thursday. "If you say
'um, no,' (it's) 'okay, thank you for your time,' and you drive away.'"
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Tobacco-related illnesses account for a surprisingly large number of
deaths among individuals diagnosed with alcohol- and drug-use disorders,
according to a University of Northern British Columbia study.
A team led by Russ Callaghan, an associate professor in UNBC's Northern
Medical Program, looked at statewide linked hospital and death records in
California over a 16-year period - from 1990 to 2005 - and found 40-to-50
per cent of deaths in the alcohol and drug groups were smoking-related.
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WATERLOO REGION - Waterloo Regional Police officers will be carrying nasal
naloxone beginning in February.
Front-line officers are currently going through training on naloxone - a
drug used to temporarily reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, said
Insp. Mike Haffner.
The training is being provided at police headquarters on Maple Grove Road
by local paramedics, he said.
"We want the ability to save an individual's life," Haffner added.
Local paramedics have lifesaving naloxone kits and can provide someone
overdosing with a naloxone injection. But often police are the first
responders to arrive at drug overdose calls.
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[photo] In this Nov. 26, 2016 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as
he delivers his keynote address during the San Beda College of Law Alumni
Homecoming at the Shangri-La Hotel in Taguig City. (PPD/King Rodriguez)
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday dug up old
controversies including the so-called Pajero scandal and clergy sexual
abuse in his latest tirade against the Catholic Church, which has been
raising concerns over the spate of killings linked to his war on drugs.
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Meth is not good -- and a community in Montana, US, used a young woman who
looked oddly like Elsa from Frozen to remind its citizens.
An anti-drug campaign called the Montana Meth Project (MMP) erected some
billboards and signs calling on people to "just let it go" -- "it" being
meth, an illegal substance that causes misery around the world.
On the boards was a blonde girl, visibly blighted by drug abuse, with a
tired face and jumbled hair. She was shackled, too, apparently caught for
possession by police.
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The Haldimand- Norfolk Health Unit wasn't exaggerating last year when
it warned about the threat of illegal street drugs cut with powerful
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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Dr. [name redacted], 50, of Parkland, was arrested Wednesday on
prescription drug allegations at his Wilton Manors practice, according to
the Drug Enforcement Administration. (Sun Sentinel / Drug Enforcement
A Broward doctor and his medical assistant were arrested on prescription
drug charges Wednesday, according to the federal Drug Enforcement
Dr. [name redacted], 50, of Parkland, was arrested after a six-month
investigation that showed he illegally supplied methamphetamine to some of
his patients at his Wilton Manors practice, authorities said. He is also
accused of dispensing medically unnecessary prescriptions to use with the
methamphetamine "to further enhance the patient's altered state of mind,"
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say officers in Cincinnati
intercepted more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine that was concealed
inside a statue of a snail.
Authorities say the package, which came from Mexico and was labeled
"Mexican stone crafts," contained a decorative snail statue that exhibited
"interior anomalies" during an X-ray inspection on Dec. 30.
Customs officers drilled a hole into the statue and found 53 pounds of a
white crystalline powder that tested positive for meth.
Richard Gillespie, CBP's Cincinnati Port Director, says the agency's
officers excel at preventing dangerous packages from reaching innocent
The snail's intended destination was Lawrenceville, Georgia.
The 81 barangays in Cebu Province that were initially declared by the
police as drug-free are still subject for validation, a top-ranking
official said Tuesday, January 3.
Chief Superintendent Noli Talino, Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central
Visayas director, said that it is up to the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug
Abuse Office (CPADAO) to declare a barangay free from drugs.
"Yung sa amin, hindi pa naman final yung report ng Cebu Province. Ang sabi
ko sa kanila for recommendation as a drug-free barangay pero hindi pa
final yun. Ipapa-validate pa natin 'yun (For our part, the report from the
Cebu Province is not yet final. What I told them was only to submit a
recommendation of drug-free barangays but these are not yet final. This
(recommendation) will still be validated," said Talino. "So if I will not
approve it then it's back to zero."
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