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1 CN ON: Column: Legal Pot Gives Teens The Best ProtectionSat, 04 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:D'Amato, Luisa Area:Ontario Lines:72 Added:03/06/2017

Marijuana will soon be legal in Canada. But what does that mean for the safety of our teenagers?

The simple election promise made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, one which he shows every sign of keeping, turns out not to be simple at all. What kind of restrictions should there be around selling weed? Will it be tested so that we can be sure it's safe?

What should be the minimum age to buy it? Who's going to sell it? If the government taxes it, what should happen to the money? And what about impaired driving?

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2 CN BC: Legal Pot Will Protect Kids: TrudeauFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:71 Added:03/06/2017

ESQUIMALT - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says regulating the sale of marijuana will protect young people and take money away from criminal gangs, but the government is drawing the line at pot when it comes to legalizing illicit drugs.

The federal government's approach on marijuana has two goals, Trudeau said Thursday during a visit to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in the Victoria area.

"The first is to protect our kids. Right now we know that young people have easier access to marijuana than just about any other illicit substance. It's easier to buy a joint for a teenager than it is to buy a bottle of beer. That's not right," he said.

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3CN BC: Legal Pot Will Keep Youth Safe, Take Money From Gangs: PMFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/06/2017

Federal government has no plans to include other illicit drugs in legislation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says regulating the sale of marijuana will protect young people and take money away from criminal gangs, but the government is drawing the line at pot when it comes to legalizing illicit drugs.

The federal government's approach on marijuana has two goals, Trudeau said Tuesday during a visit to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt.

"The first is to protect our kids. Right now we know that young people have easier access to marijuana than just about any other illicit substance.

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4CN BC: PM Says Legalized Pot Safer For YouthFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Meissner, Dirk Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/06/2017

Trudeau looks to take money away from criminals and put it toward those 'facing challenges'

ESQUIMALT - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says regulating the sale of marijuana will protect young people and take money away from criminal gangs, but the government is drawing the line at pot when it comes to legalizing illicit drugs.

The federal government's approach on marijuana has two goals, Trudeau said Tuesday during a visit to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in the Victoria area.

"The first is to protect our kids. Right now we know that young people have easier access to marijuana than just about any other illicit substance. It's easier to buy a joint for a teenager than it is to buy a bottle of beer. That's not right," he said.

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5CN ON: Facts, Not Fear, Advised In Talks With KidsWed, 22 Feb 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:02/25/2017

Like parents across the city, I was shaken by the photograph of Chloe Kotval, her long straight hair and big, hopeful eyes so like those of my own daughter, attached to a story about death. Gone at 14,apparently of a drug overdose.

That evening I sat down with my 12-year-old. "A very sad thing has happened to a teenager in Kanata," I began.

"Oh, you mean Chloe?" she said. "I know all about it. It's all over Instagram."

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6CN 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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7CN ON: A Father's Emotional Open Letter About Teen Drug Overdoses InMon, 20 Feb 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:O'Leary, Sean Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:02/21/2017

In light of the recent death of popular Kanata teenager Chloe Kotval from an apparent drug overdose, and warnings from Ottawa police and Ottawa Public Health about counterfeit prescription drugs they suspect have been the cause of "recent life-threatening overdoses" in the city, on Saturday, concerned father Sean O'Leary posted an emotional Facebook message about teen drug overdoses in Kanata.

Below is the text of his message:

To all whom are concerned, As many if not all of you are aware from news reports a beautiful 14-year-old Kanata girl passed away this week as a result of a drug overdose.

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8 CN BC: LTE: Mixed Messages On Drugs Imperils KidsSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Estey, Richard D. Area:British Columbia Lines:41 Added:02/14/2017

Re: No easy answer to addiction, letters, Feb. 4; and Get addicts off drugs, editorial, Jan. 28.

So B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake takes "great exception" to The Sun's editorial assertion that harm reduction policies "send the message that it's OK to be a drug addict." Unfortunately, his subsequent discussion is a reiteration of the rationale for harm reduction, not a refutation of The Sun's assertion.

Any state action that makes it easier to belong to the drug culture cannot but send a message that is at odds with the deadly danger there. Many claim irrefutable evidence of a net benefit in harm-reduction initiatives, but none of their studies have considered the softening of public attitude pointed out by The Sun.

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9 CN ON: Edu: Students Weigh In On Minimum Age For MarijuanaThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Charlatan, The (CN ON Edu) Author:Macfarlane, Sarah Area:Ontario Lines:127 Added:02/10/2017

Carleton students shared their opinions on upcoming pot regulations, Sarah Macfarlane wrote.

The federal government is on track to legalize marijuana later this year, which has some people debating the minimum age one should be able to use and possess the drug legally.

A task force appointed by the government to investigate cannabis legalization released a list of recommendations from its final report in December, suggesting that cannabis should only be sold to people who are 18 or older.

While some believe the drug is comparable to alcohol and should be given similar rules, others are concerned about the effects of marijuana on the brains of users under the age of 25.

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10 CN BC: The Children Left BehindSat, 04 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Stueck, Wendy Area:British Columbia Lines:193 Added:02/09/2017

As the province's opioid crisis continues, family, friends or foster care can step in for missing parents

When Mary Purdy died of a suspected fentanyl overdose on January 17, she became another victim of an opioid crisis that killed more than 900 people in British Columbia last year and has made fentanyl a household word.

She also left behind two young children, underscoring the multi-generational impact of the overdose epidemic and raising questions about what more could be done to prevent people from turning to illicit drugs and to help them if they get hooked.

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11 CN AB: Researchers To Study Treating Epileptic Children With CannabisThu, 02 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:78 Added:02/04/2017

As desperate parents of children with severe epilepsy turn to alternative therapies, researchers are launching a study examining the efficacy and safety of treating seizures with medical marijuana products.

"Parents are becoming more aware of the use of cannabis to treat epilepsy from social media and parent support groups," said Richard Tang-Wai, a pediatric epileptologist at the University of Alberta.

"Because there is little scientific evidence regarding the use of cannabis products in children, most physicians are reluctant to prescribe them, resulting in parents trying to make their own preparations at home or turning to suppliers who cannot verify the quality of their product. This adds to the urgency of doing studies like this."

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12CN AB: U Of A Joins Study Into Using Pot Oil To Treat Kids WithThu, 02 Feb 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/04/2017

As desperate parents of children with severe epilepsy turn to alternative therapies, researchers are launching a study examining the efficacy and safety of treating seizures with medical marijuana products.

"Parents are becoming more aware of the use of cannabis to treat epilepsy from social media and parent support groups," said Richard Tang-Wai, a pediatric epileptologist at the University of Alberta.

"Because there is little scientific evidence regarding the use of cannabis products in children, most physicians are reluctant to prescribe them, resulting in parents trying to make their own preparations at home or turning to suppliers who cannot verify the quality of their product. This adds to the urgency of doing studies like this."

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13 CN ON: Sarnia Judge Rules Search Of Teen UnlawfulFri, 27 Jan 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:50 Added:01/27/2017

The search of a teenager by Sarnia police as a common practice for detained persons was ruled unlawful leading to dismissal of drug charges in Sarnia court this week. Sarnia police were raiding a family member's house in 2015 when the adult teenager was seen leaving the premise. The teenager was detained by an officer and asked if he had anything to harm an officer. The teen said he had cocaine and "weed." A search - which the officer testified was for officer safety - turned up cocaine and marijuana.

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14 US MA: A New Head Start Initiative Targets Children Of OpioidMon, 16 Jan 2017
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Pfeiffer, Sacha Area:Massachusetts Lines:87 Added:01/16/2017

In a grim indicator of the toll the opioid crisis is taking on children, a program is being launched in Massachusetts specifically to help newborns, infants, and toddlers with addicted parents.

Health officials say they believe it's the first such early-intervention program in the state to target these children, some of whom were born drug-addicted.

The government-funded initiative will pay for weekly home visits to 36 low-income families in New Bedford, a South Coast community where the number of children born with opiates in their bloodstreams is four times the state average.

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15 US PA: 'Our Children Are Dying': Christie Vows To Fight AddictionThu, 12 Jan 2017
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Hanna, Maddie Area:Pennsylvania Lines:142 Added:01/12/2017

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, arrives in the Assembly chamber of the Statehouse to deliver his State Of The State address Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

TRENTON - Gov. Christie vowed Tuesday to devote his final year in office to battling drug addiction, skirting other challenges confronting New Jersey as he delivered an unusual and impassioned State of the State address focused almost exclusively on the issue.

Telling personal stories of people affected by addiction - a state employee whose son died from a heroin overdose two days after she celebrated his sobriety at a Statehouse vigil; the son of a state Supreme Court justice, now in recovery and opening a treatment center - Christie said he hoped to make New Jersey an example for the nation on drug recovery.

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16 US SC: Child Who Inspired Cannabidiol Law Receives First DosesTue, 10 Jan 2017
Source:State, The (SC) Author:Mcnab, Matt Area:South Carolina Lines:105 Added:01/10/2017

Mary Louise received her first dose of CBD oil Saturday, about four months after the bill allowing children to receive the oil extracted from marijuana was signed into law. The oil helps children like Mary Louise with severe epilepsy control their seizures.

It took only a simple phrase to see how Mary Louise Swing's life would improve from cannabidiol.

On vacation with family in Myrtle Beach last weekend, Mary Louise stunned her mother, Jill, and a roomful of relatives with a simple "Hi everybody" as she got out of bed.

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17US WI: CDC Warns Of High Opioid Use By Women Of Childbearing AgeSun, 08 Jan 2017
Source:Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Author:Fauber, John Area:Wisconsin Lines:Excerpt Added:01/09/2017

Narcotic painkillers - which can cause birth defects - commonly were prescribed for women of reproductive age, according to new data presented Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The research, which looked at the years 2008-2012, found that 39% of women ages 15 to 44 on Medicaid and 28% of those on private insurance received an opioid prescription.

"Many women of reproductive age are taking these medicines and may not know they are pregnant and therefore may be unknowingly exposing their unborn child," CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a statement.

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18 CN AB: Legalized Marijuana Hurts Youth: SenatorWed, 04 Jan 2017
Source:South Peace News, The (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:53 Added:01/07/2017

A Canadian Senator with roots in the Peace Country is deeply concerned with the Liberal government's intention to legalize marijuana.

"We are clearly headed in the wrong direction and our young people will be the most victimized due to the damage that marijuana causes to a young person's brain development," Senator Betty Unger states in a news release dated Dec. 14.

She responded to the final report of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, a process led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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19 US MA: Ten-month Old Methuen Child Revived Twice After Exposure ToThu, 05 Jan 2017
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Levenson, Michael Area:Massachusetts Lines:122 Added:01/05/2017

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Lieutenant Michael Pappalardo said the 10-month-old girl's family is cooperating with an investigation that includes state child-protection authorities.

METHUEN - A 10-month-old girl who narrowly survived after ingesting fentanyl is the latest victim of an opioid epidemic that has been blamed for hundreds of deaths in Massachusetts.

Police were called to the baby's home shortly before 12:30 p.m. Saturday when the girl was having trouble breathing. She was rushed to Lawrence General Hospital, where she stopped breathing twice and had to be resuscitated. She was later flown by helicopter to Tufts Medical Center in Boston and was listed Monday in stable condition, according to police.

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20 US: Medical Marijuana For Kids: Often, No Clear Path, Legally AndSat, 31 Dec 2016
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Kohn, David Area:United States Lines:60 Added:01/05/2017

Across the country, thousands of children use medical marijuana for a range of ailments including intractable epilepsy, pain, anxiety and symptoms of multiple sclerosis. As the number of pediatric medical users grows, so do issues that confront parents, patients, doctors and policymakers. There are no federal laws specifically covering children's use of medical marijuana, and state laws on the subject are a complex and sometimes contradictory patchwork.

Twenty-nine states and the District have made medical marijuana of all kinds legal. Among those state is Maryland, which has not yet set up a system for distribution.

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