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1 CN ON: Crackdown On Opioids Fuels Heroin IncreaseMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bieman, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:110 Added:08/15/2017

The deadly painkiller fentanyl, thrust under a spotlight by a rare warning by three health agenices and city police, isn't the only dangerous street drug raising eyebrows in London.

Heroin is also showing up, in levels-those who work with addicts say they haven't seen before.

One agency blames the spike on the province tightening the prescription drugs it covers under a program for people on social assistance and seniors, which has driven some users to heroin instead.

"I've never known it (heroin) here. Now it is," said Karen Burton, needle and syringe program coordinator at Regional HIV/AIDS Connection in London, whose work includes a drug needle exchange program. "Heroin is here and I don't see it disappearing anytime soon."

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2 CN ON: Street Drugs 101: A PrimerSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bieman, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:204 Added:08/15/2017

As deadly fentanyl fuels a public health crisis, Free Press reporter Jennifer Bieman reveals what you should know about common London street drugs

Forget the old adage that what you don't know, can't hurt you. When it comes to street drugs, what you don't know can kill you.

That was the thrust of a rare public health warning - three health agencies and London police joined in its release - last week in London, when authorities stressed that the latest villain in Canada's opioid drug crisis, deadly fentanyl, is turning up in other illegal street drugs.

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3 US TX: Texans May Be Able To Buy Medical Cannabis Oil By JanuaryThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (TX) Author:Samuels, Alex Area:Texas Lines:123 Added:08/14/2017

In 2015, Gov. Greg Abbott signed the first bill allowing any growing or sale of marijuana in Texas. The Texas Compassionate Use Act legalized the selling of a specific kind of cannabis oil derived from marijuana plants for a very small group of customers: epilepsy patients whose symptoms have not responded to federally approved medication.

Two years later, Texans still can't legally buy cannabis oil, but a handful of companies believe they are weeks away from receiving the official go-ahead to become the state's first sellers.

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4 CN AB: Medical Marijuana Patient Numbers Continue To ClimbTue, 01 Aug 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Slade, Gillian Area:Alberta Lines:75 Added:08/05/2017

Number of patients has more than doubled in Alberta compared to last year

The number of patients for whom medical marijuana is being prescribed has more than doubled in Alberta compared to last year, says the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta.

In 2015 there were 109 authorized physicians prescribing medical marijuana for 1,750 patients. That would be the equivalent of 438 patients for every quarter of that year. In 2016 there were 329 physicians prescribing for 5,254 patients or 1,314 patients per quarter, said Kelly Eby, spokesperson for CPSA. In the first three months alone of this year, 178 physicians prescribed medical marijuana for 2,845 patients.

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5CN BC: OPED: Opioid Crisis Victims Are People, Not StatisticsSat, 29 Jul 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Peach, Derek Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/02/2017

NDP Leader John Horgan held a town-hall meeting in Victoria in April, and I got a chance to ask a question.

"John, 914 human beings died here last year of drug overdoses and my child was one of them. What will our party do about that when we form the government?"

The answer was gratifying because it came slowly. First, Horgan spoke to me as a father and expressed his condolences without rushing into some glib reply. Then he spoke of the intention of the NDP to create a Ministry of Mental Health and Addiction so that in this province at least, there would be a clear line of responsibility for realizing some solutions to this national crisis. He did not pretend to know those solutions, but he promised to get to work on them.

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6 CN NF: LTE: Recreational Marijuana Should Not Be LegalizedTue, 25 Jul 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Parsons, Lydia Area:Newfoundland Lines:36 Added:07/28/2017

Medical marijuana/medical cannabis has shown both anecdotal and clinical evidence that it can be used to manage and or alleviate symptoms of many illnesses, such as neuropathic pain, arthritis pain, multiple sclerosis, HIV, bone or inflammatory cancer pain, fibromyalgia, Crohn's disease, colitis, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, insomnia and headaches. There are others.

There should be no problem with this as long as its use is managed by your doctor or pharmacist.

Now, recreational marijuana could certainly create problems, especially when people are permitted to smoke it. The smoke will bother other human beings, especially the elderly and people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or any respiratory disease, and heart disease patients. Recreational purposes are just a means for people to have a high.

There will be more crime and loss of life if this is legalized. It should not be OK for the government to OK this problem, and not in workplaces either.

Lydia Parsons St. John's

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7 CN NF: LTE: Recreational Marijuana Should Not Be LegalizedTue, 25 Jul 2017
Source:Western Star, The (CN NF) Author:Parsons, Lydia Area:Newfoundland Lines:38 Added:07/28/2017

Medical marijuana/medical cannabis has shown both anecdotal and clinical evidence that it can be used to manage and or alleviate symptoms of many illnesses, such as neuropathic pain, arthritis pain, multiple sclerosis, HIV, bone or inflammatory cancer pain, fibromyalgia, Crohn's disease, colitis, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, insomnia and headaches. There are others.

There should be no problem with this as long as its use is managed by your doctor or pharmacist.

Now, recreational marijuana could certainly create problems, especially when people are permitted to smoke it. The smoke will bother other human beings, especially the elderly and people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or any respiratory disease, and heart disease patients. Recreational purposes are just a means for people to have a high.

There will be more crime and loss of life if this is legalized. It should not be OK for the government to OK this problem, and not in workplaces either.

Lydia Parsons

St. John's

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8 CN NF: LTE: Recreational Marijuana Should Not Be LegalizedThu, 27 Jul 2017
Source:Packet, The (CN NF) Author:Parsons, Lydia Area:Newfoundland Lines:38 Added:07/27/2017

Medical marijuana/medical cannabis has shown both anecdotal and clinical evidence that it can be used to manage and or alleviate symptoms of many illnesses, such as neuropathic pain, arthritis pain, multiple sclerosis, HIV, bone or inflammatory cancer pain, fibromyalgia, Crohn's disease, colitis, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, insomnia and headaches. There are others.

There should be no problem with this as long as its use is managed by your doctor or pharmacist.

Now, recreational marijuana could certainly create problems, especially when people are permitted to smoke it. The smoke will bother other human beings, especially the elderly and people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or any respiratory disease, and heart disease patients. Recreational purposes are just a means for people to have a high.

There will be more crime and loss of life if this is legalized. It should not be OK for the government to OK this problem, and not in workplaces either.

Lydia Parsons

St. John's

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9CN BC: Addiction As Chronic Disease: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?Sat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Petrescu, Sarah Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/25/2017

Marc Lewis is a neuroscientist who believes the opioid crisis is made worse by a medical profession that views addiction as a chronic brain disease.

"I think it's harmful. It completely disempowers addicts and takes away the likelihood that they will fix themselves," said Lewis, who spoke Friday at a forum on addiction organized by the Salvation Army Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre. This was his first visit to Victoria.

He views addiction as a developmental and psychological issue that "develops like other mental and emotional behavioral habits," starting as early as childhood and exacerbated by traumatic experiences.

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10 US As Trump Wages War On Legal Marijuana, Military Veterans Side WithSat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Halper, Evan        Lines:173 Added:07/25/2017

U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions is pressing Congress to allow federal law enforcement to target medical marijuana operations in states where they are legal. (July 21, 2017)

U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions is pressing Congress to allow federal law enforcement to target medical marijuana operations in states where they are legal. (July 21, 2017)

The Trump administration's attack on legal marijuana, already stymied by large states determined not to roll back the clock, is increasingly confronting an even more politically potent adversary: military veterans.

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11 CN MB: Province's Stance On Legalization Frustrates MarijuanaSat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Brandon Sun (CN MB) Author:Clarke, Tyler Area:Manitoba Lines:147 Added:07/25/2017

While Brandon's political representatives encourage the delay of the legalization of marijuana, local advocates of the plant are saying the day couldn't come soon enough.

Picking up related paraphernalia at Growers N' Smokers on Friday, veteran Michael Gibson said that his "disrespect" for Premier Brian Pallister is "huge, right now."

This week, Pallister publicly requested that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delay legalization for an extra year beyond the proposed date of July 1, 2018.

With too many questions that still need answering, we're just not ready for legalization, Brandon East Progressive Conservative MLA Len Isleifson said, sharing in some of Pallister's concerns about marijuana, more accurately called cannabis.

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12 CN ON: Pot Couple's 'Offence Of Compassion'Sat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:127 Added:07/25/2017

In potentially precedent-setting case, operators of marijuana dispensary get an absolute discharge

KITCHENER - A provincial court judge granted an absolute discharge to a young Kitchener couple who were running an illegal marijuana dispensary in Waterloo.

Justice Colin Westman said Nour and Shady Louka committed "an offence of compassion" when they operated a medical marijuana dispensary in uptown Waterloo and sold pot to adults with medical marijuana licences.

Westman described the couple as "activists in favour of their fellow human beings" and running a marijuana dispensary was "essentially civil disobedience."

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13 US KY: Oped: Ky.'s New Opioid Law Will Only Result In More DeathSun, 16 Jul 2017
Source:Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) Author:Bloom, Josh Area:Kentucky Lines:92 Added:07/19/2017

As the death toll from opioid overdoses in Kentucky and the rest of the Midwest continues to soar, it's truly disconcerting to see that policymakers are taking steps that are not only devoid of medical and common sense, but virtually guaranteed to make matters worse.

The recent passage of the ill-conceived House Bill 333, which imposes a three-day limit (with certain exceptions) on opioid prescribing, reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the reasons behind the addiction epidemic.

All this new law will accomplish is to make matters worse for both pain patients and addicts. The former will suffer needlessly; the latter will die in even greater numbers.

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14 US MI: Oped: In Easing Chronic Pain, Marijuana May Be A Better ChoiceSun, 16 Jul 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Clauw, Daniel Area:Michigan Lines:112 Added:07/19/2017

Chronic pain is a tremendous public health problem. The Institute of Medicine estimates chronic pain affects 100 million Americans at an estimated annual cost of $600 billion. But the rampant use of opioids to treat chronic pain stands out as the least-defensible and most-harmful of our maltreatments. Many U.S. physicians remain resistant to this, though I would argue other options should be considered.

More than 14,000 Americans died in 2014 from unintentional overdose of prescription opioids, making this the leading cause of death among younger individuals in many states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Countless others continue to take opioids not because they have meaningful pain and functional improvement, but because they enjoy feeling numbed, or simply have not been presented with more appropriate and helpful therapeutic options.

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15 CN NS: Researchers Want Two Weed StreamsTue, 18 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Fida, Kashmala Area:Nova Scotia Lines:81 Added:07/19/2017

Dalhousie duo say recreational, medical need to be separate

Dalhousie researchers are lending their voices to the debate on keeping the medical and recreational streams of marijuana separate.

The Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation published recommendations in a framework for legalization of cannabis in Canada in 2016.

It stated recreational marijuana be accessed separately from medical marijuana.

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) came out against that recommendation in favour of a single stream instead.

The task force noted patients felt a separate system was necessary to avoid losing their current access rights to cannabis.

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16 US KY: Bevin And Beshear Ask Judge To Dismiss Medical MarijuanaThu, 13 Jul 2017
Source:Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) Author:Cheves, John Area:Kentucky Lines:89 Added:07/14/2017

Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear want a Frankfort judge to dismiss a lawsuit calling for the legalization of medical marijuana in Kentucky.

In a motion filed Monday in Franklin Circuit Court, Bevin's attorneys said medical marijuana is a "political question" that should be decided by the General Assembly, not a judge.

"Since at least 2014, the legislature has debated bills advocating for the lawful use of medicinal marijuana in every legislative session," attorney Barry Dunn wrote for the governor's office. "The General Assembly will consider legalizing medicinal marijuana again in the 2018 session. It is solely within the General Assembly's constitutional powers to determine whether to make medicinal marijuana lawful."

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17US: Study: Adults With Mental Health Disorders Consuming More OpioidsMon, 10 Jul 2017
Source:Tennessean, The (Nashville, TN)          Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:07/14/2017

Adults with mental health disorders are consuming more than half of all painkillers prescribed in the United States, according to a new study.

While adults suffering from depression, anxiety and mood disorders represent just 16 percent of the nation's population, they received 51 percent of all opioid prescriptions.

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center said that rethinking pain management among this group is "critical" to combat a growing national opioid addiction epidemic - -- one that has hit Tennessee particularly hard.

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18 CN BC: CannabusinessSun, 09 Jul 2017
Source:North Shore News (CN BC) Author:Seyd, Jane Area:British Columbia Lines:424 Added:07/11/2017

The greening of a grey economy

Down in North Vancouver's Lower Lonsdale, just a couple of blocks in from the neighbourhood's bustling main drag, the LotusLand Cannabis Club's storefront proudly displays its green logo in a stripe across the front windows. The words "British Columbia's finest," almost look official.

Inside, through a set of double doors that help keep the smell of marijuana off the street, there's a chalkboard with daily specials behind a large gleaming display counter. The light and airy atmosphere feels a bit like a high-end coffee or chocolate shop. Except it's not. On top of a low table in a seating area, there's a tray with Zigzag rolling papers.

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19CN BC: Editorial: Change Strategy On Pain DrugsSun, 09 Jul 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/11/2017

A new window has opened on the epidemic of overdose deaths engulfing our province. It is being alleged in the U.S. that some manufacturers of opioid drugs misled physicians about the addictive power of these medications. Several states, including Ohio, are suing pharmaceutical firms on that basis. They claim physicians were told that later generations of opioids such as oxycontin - a powerful painkiller - were much less addictive than earlier versions. In 2012 alone, pharmacies in Ohio dispensed 790 million opioid pills.

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20 US FL: Medical Marijuana Bill Passes In Florida LegislatureThu, 06 Jul 2017
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Sweeney, Dan Area:Florida Lines:148 Added:07/10/2017

The medical marijuana industry officially has its guidelines with the passage of a bill out of the Florida Legislature on the last day of a three-day special session.

The votes were 29-6 in the Senate and 103-9 in the House. The few no votes were mostly Democrats who wanted fewer restrictions in the bill, but also a few Republicans who remain against the idea of medical marijuana on principle.

Gov. Rick Scott said he "absolutely" will sign the bill. That means big changes for patients, caregivers, doctors and growers, compared with the far more limited medical marijuana law passed by the Legislature in 2014, which resulted in seven grower/dispensers in the state.

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