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1 CN ON: Editorial: Feds Must Ensure Medical Pot SupplyMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:64 Added:10/20/2017

There are concerns that once pot is legalized for recreational use, it'll be flying off the shelves at such a rate that those who justifiably need it for pain - medical users - won't be able to get their stash.

Cannabis growers have been expanding their operations as fast as possible, and Health Canada is issuing more licences, but it still might not be enough to meet the coming demand.

Some analysts expect a countrywide shortage once the cannabis market goes legit in July 2018.

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2 CN MB: Editorial: Feds Must Ensure Medical Pot SupplySun, 15 Oct 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)          Area:Manitoba Lines:66 Added:10/20/2017

There are concerns that once pot is legalized for recreational use, it'll be flying off the shelves at such a rate that those who justifiably need it for pain - medical users - won't be able to get their stash.

Cannabis growers have been expanding their operations as fast as possible, and Health Canada is issuing more licences, but it still might not be enough to meet the coming demand.

Some analysts expect a countrywide shortage once the cannabis market goes legit in July 2018.

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3 CN ON: Editorial: Feds Must Ensure Medical Pot SupplyMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:64 Added:10/20/2017

There are concerns that once pot is legalized for recreational use, it'll be flying off the shelves at such a rate that those who justifiably need it for pain - medical users - won't be able to get their stash.

Cannabis growers have been expanding their operations as fast as possible, and Health Canada is issuing more licences, but it still might not be enough to meet the coming demand.

Some analysts expect a countrywide shortage once the cannabis market goes legit in July 2018.

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4 CN NK: N.B. Lagging On Opioid Response: ActivistsTue, 10 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Leeder, Jessica Area:New Brunswick Lines:138 Added:10/10/2017

Grassroots harm-reduction initiative launched as those on the front lines lament provincial government's boardroom approach

Health officials in New Brunswick are taking too long to address the serious and growing opioid problem in the province's two largest cities, say local harm-reduction activists who have launched a grassroots initiative in the face of what they describe as government inaction.

It has been more than six months since the province's top doctor formed an advisory group to come up with solutions to address the issue, but the government's response so far has been lean compared with that of other Atlantic provinces and the rest of the country.

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5 CN ON: Grieving Moms Now Advocates On Opioids CrisisThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Grimsby Lincoln News, The (CN ON) Author:Forsyth, Paul Area:Ontario Lines:162 Added:10/06/2017

Mothers galvanize regional politicians with powerful stories of loss of kids to overdoses

NIAGARA - Wilma Thompson was hearing about the horrific death toll the opioid crisis sweeping across the country was having, so she pulled her daughter Jaena, age 19, aside last year.

"I said please don't ever try this stuff: it will kill you," the St. Catharines mom said. "She said 'mom, I would never do that.' "

Two months later, Jaena didn't answer repeated calls to her phone. Her family called 911 and emergency responders found her dead in her apartment. Of an opioid overdose.

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6 CN ON: PUB LTE: Reality Of MarijuanaThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Port Colborne Leader (CN ON) Author:Fairchild, Grant Area:Ontario Lines:48 Added:10/06/2017

Re. Why not legalize everything?, Letter, Sept. 23:

I am a "senior" in my fifth decade who is offended deeply by this letter. Marijuana was purely and simply outlawed in the 1930s by Harry J. Anslinger merely because of corporate pressure for what scientists could manufacture in a lab to soar profits.

Is the writer even aware of the many medical benefits of CBDs or the many societal uses of hemp, the non-psychoactive parts of marijuana (hint: these are the very reasons it was outlawed in the first place).

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7 CN ON: Grieving Moms Now Advocates On Opioids CrisisThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Port Colborne Leader (CN ON) Author:Forsyth, Paul Area:Ontario Lines:162 Added:10/06/2017

Mothers galvanize regional politicians with powerful stories of loss of kids to overdoses

NIAGARA - Wilma Thompson was hearing about the horrific death toll the opioid crisis sweeping across the country was having, so she pulled her daughter Jaena, age 19, aside last year.

"I said please don't ever try this stuff: it will kill you," the St. Catharines mom said. "She said 'mom, I would never do that.' "

Two months later, Jaena didn't answer repeated calls to her phone. Her family called 911 and emergency responders found her dead in her apartment. Of an opioid overdose.

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8 CN AB: Column: Important Things To Know About Recreational AndTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Bharwani, Area:Alberta Lines:87 Added:10/06/2017

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent for CNN is reported to have said, "Every 19 minutes somebody dies of a prescription drug overdose. It doesn't happen with marijuana." In the past Gupta was against legalising medical marijuana in the U.S. but now he is in favour of it. He sees some benefit for certain types of illnesses.

The use of medical marijuana (medical cannabis) as a medicine has not been rigorously tested due to several restrictions. But there is some evidence to suggest cannabis can reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and reduce chronic pain and muscle spasm.

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9Canada: Pot Task Force Member's Move Raises Red FlagTue, 26 Sep 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Platt, Brian Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:09/28/2017

Now heads private firm in marijuana sector

A New Democratic MP is warning of a 'clear appearance of conflict of interest' after it was revealed that a member of the government's marijuana legalization task force is now running a medical marijuana company.

Raf Souccar, a former RCMP deputy commissioner, served on the independent task force that advised the government on legalizing recreational marijuana use. The task force filed its non-binding report on Nov. 30, 2016, and it was made public two weeks later.

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10 CN ON: Edu: It's Not Easy Getting Green.Wed, 27 Sep 2017
Source:Eyeopener, The (CN ON Edu) Author:Wong, Sera Area:Ontario Lines:309 Added:09/27/2017

With marijuana legalization just under a year away, what will happen to the medicinal users when their supplies are controlled by the government?

Janet Bea* crouched down and covered her head. Her breath came in short bursts. She was about to leave for work, and this was happening, once again. She didn't know why, or how. Her mind began racing, and she couldn't stop shaking. She reached for her phone. She couldn't go to work, not like this. Bea called into work and cancelled her shift so another cashier could take over. Then, she reached for her bong.

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11US RI: Federal Drug Agency Asks R.I. For Medical Marijuana PatientSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Providence Journal, The (RI) Author:Bogdan, Jennifer Area:Rhode Island Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A federal anti-drug program has asked Rhode Island - -- and more than two dozen other states where medical marijuana is legal -- to turn over data about patients in the program.

The move has alarmed some who question why the federal government, which has at times appeared to be antagonistic towards the drug, is interested in the information.

The National Marijuana Initiative, an arm of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, which reports to the White House, contacted the Rhode Island Department of Health in August seeking data from 2012 to 2016 on the number of patients in the program, as well as patients' age, gender and a breakdown of the medical conditions under which they qualified.

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12Canada: Column: Americans Urge Calm On Legal WeedThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Cosh, Colby Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

I cannot be the only one who feels the world is a little upside-down after Wednesday's hearings on marijuana held by the House of Commons standing committee on health. The day's proceedings were essentially broken into two parts. First, high-ranking Canadian police came before the committee to complain that they didn't have the technical resources or the training to deal with legalized marijuana. They pleaded for the passage of the Liberals' Cannabis Act to be delayed.

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13 CN QU: Edu: Editorial: McGill Cannot Ignore The Fentanyl CrisisMon, 11 Sep 2017
Source:McGill Daily, The (CN QU Edu)          Area:Quebec Lines:71 Added:09/13/2017

Content Warning: drug use and overdose

Last week, public health officials in Montreal warned of an imminent fentanyl crisis that poses a serious risk to the city's drug users. Fentanyl is an opioid prescribed to relieve chronic pain, but its intensity is 40 times that of heroin, and its toxicity 100 times that of morphine. Fentanyl can be found in opiates, as well as party drugs such as cocaine, PCP, and MDMA. Because it's often present without the consumer's knowledge, it can easily cause a fatal overdose. In British Columbia, 706 overdose deaths from January to July 2017 involved fentanyl. In Montreal, there have been 24 confirmed drug overdose cases since the beginning of August 2017. Faced with this growing public health crisis, the McGill community must waste no time in supplying the tools and information necessary to keep students safe.

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14 CN ON: PUB LTE: Naloxone Kits Can Help Save A LifeMon, 11 Sep 2017
Source:Peterborough Examiner, The (CN ON) Author:Fleming, Kristy N. Area:Ontario Lines:68 Added:09/13/2017

Every day, two Canadians die from opioids and this number is steadily increasing.

Naloxone is a medication that temporarily suspends opioid overdoses.

Free naloxone kits are now available to Ontarians at risk of, or likely to witness, opioid overdoses. This includes youth experimenting with drugs, first-responders, addicts and those managing pain.

People living in poverty are especially affected, being more likely to suffer from addiction and less likely to afford the life-saving kits. This is just one small part of Ontario's Strategy to Prevent Opioid Addiction and Overdose, alongside other such measures as delisting high-strength opioids from the Ontario Drug Benefit and expanding the Fentanyl Patch for Patch Program.

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15 CN ON: Column: High Time For New Fix To Opioid CrisisSat, 02 Sep 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Dale, Dave Area:Ontario Lines:119 Added:09/07/2017

There are a lot of very smart people in North Bay. It would be interesting to see if the bright lights here can find an opportunity hiding in the weeds to solve the opioid crisis.

And I'm not referring to emergency funding injections or quick-fix policy.

More than 700 health-care professionals urged the province this week to declare an emergency so more funding can flow to Ontario's front-line programs.

Overdose prevention sites, they say, need a boost to stem the tide as deaths are mounting beyond even the HIV pandemic decades ago.

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16 CN BC: Overdose Event Draws HundredsFri, 01 Sep 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Peacock, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:64 Added:09/01/2017

Helen Jennens knows first-hand the devastation drug overdoses bring to families.

In 2011, Jennens' eldest son Rian died from a prescription drug overdose. Five years later, she lost her second son Tyler to a fentanyl overdose.

Jennens, in partnership with the local Moms Stop the Harm group, organized a drug overdose awareness day at Evangel Church in Kelowna on Thursday.

"It is to commemorate the lives we've lost and give them dignity . . . while raising awareness," said Jennens. "Unless you're touched by it, you don't understand it (and) you don't have the desire to understand. We are losing lives at an alarming rate."

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17 CN ON: Opioid Deaths More Likely Illicit UseTue, 29 Aug 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Frketich, Joanna Area:Ontario Lines:96 Added:08/31/2017

City's death rate among the highest

An Ontario report warns Hamilton shows signs of having among the highest illicit opioid use in the province.

It also flags a potential lack of addiction treatment services here compared to the high death rates found by the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network.

Its alert comes at the same time that city data shows July had the highest number of opioid-related 911 calls so far this year.

"Hamilton has stood out as having one of the higher death rates in the province," said Tara Gomes, a scientist at St. Michael's Hospital and the lead author of the report.

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18 CN NS: OPED: Class Of 420Thu, 31 Aug 2017
Source:Coast, The (CN NS) Author:LaPlante, Lucy Area:Nova Scotia Lines:82 Added:08/31/2017

A smoking syllabus to becoming the most productive pothead on campus.

Harvard studies suggest cannabis enhances cognitive function. German studies conclude micro-dosing weed is an effective ADHD treatment. And with Canada's impending marijuana legalization, the "lazy stoner" stereotype is washing away, making room for the high-functioning user to spark up. Carefully chosen MMJ strains, dosage and smoke methods just might be your path to becoming most productive pothead on campus.

Pre-class anxiety? Live every week like it's shark week with Great White Shark: This stimulating sativa offers an energizing high that melts away the anxiety in a room full of tutorial strangers. Great White's plant parents obliterate depression, stress and pain, so you can stay relaxed yet inspired while scoring full participation marks. Ren, a second-year NSCAD student with a nervous tummy, attributes her stellar grades to this potent strain.

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19CN BC: Cannabis Studied As Opioid ReplacementSun, 27 Aug 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/29/2017

Medical pot viewed as safer, less addictive than painkillers; health officer cautious

A Nanaimo-based researcher believes cannabis could help reduce opioid overdoses and help people overcome addiction.

Philippe Lucas, who works for medical-marijuana producer Tilray, published an academic paper in the Harm Reduction Journal that explores cannabis as a substitute for opioids.

Lucas said doctors should consider prescribing cannabis as a safer, less addictive alternative to opioids for treating chronic pain.

"The evidence is clear at this point that medical cannabis is far less addicting and has … zero risk of overdose compared to opioids," said Lucas, who has been researching the therapeutic use of cannabis for more than a decade. In a case where an opioid addiction has already taken hold, cannabis can be used alongside opioid-replacement therapies such as methadone or suboxone to improve results, Lucas's research suggests.

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20CN BC: Marijuana Can Help Curb Opioid Use, Study FindsThu, 24 Aug 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Robinson, Matt Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/25/2017

A Nanaimo-based researcher has found medicinal cannabis can reduce or prevent opioid use and can even offer addicts an exit strategy.

In an academic paper published this month in the Harm Reduction Journal, Philippe Lucas concluded governments and health care providers should immediately implement "cannabis-based interventions" in the opioid overdose crisis.

For Lucas, years of research have rebutted government lines that cannabis is a "gateway drug" and have instead shown it can be an "exit drug" for problematic substance use.

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