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1 CN ON: PUB LTE: A Progressive Approach To Drug AddictionFri, 21 Jul 2017
Source:Chatham Daily News, The (CN ON) Author:Hodgson, Dave Area:Ontario Lines:74 Added:07/25/2017

Instead of overlooking the true issue of drug addiction in Chatham-Kent and participating in the stigma that surrounds it, our community must be proactive. Now is our opportunity to help individuals suffering from drug addiction and prevent needless overdoses while simultaneously protecting public health.

Last year in Canada there were 2458 opioid related overdose deaths (two every day in Ontario), all which were preventable. Some readers may turn a blind eye to this statistic and argue, "who cares?" and "better for the rest of us". My question for those people is, when did we lose our sense of community? When did we become so individualistic that our judgment of others has clouded our ability to feel empathy?

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2 CN SN: Meth On The Rise In Moose JawFri, 07 Jul 2017
Source:Moose Jaw Times-Herald (CN SN) Author:Ladik, Sarah Area:Saskatchewan Lines:78 Added:07/10/2017

MJPS call recent arrests a success, but more work still to be done

Crystal methamphetamine isn't a newcomer to the Friendly City, but it does seem to be getting better acquainted with it.

"It's a drug that's much more available than it was even five years ago," Cpl. Kevin Pilsworth of the Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS) said on Thursday. "In the past few years, we've really seen it make its way onto the map in Moose Jaw."

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3 CN BC: Two Supervised Sites Approved For Taking Nasal And Oral DrugsWed, 28 Jun 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:102 Added:07/03/2017

Two sites in the Vancouver region have become the first in Canada to receive federal approval to allow users to snort or swallow drugs while under supervision.

Until now, supervised drug-consumption sites have been limited to injection drug users. Two sites have been operating in Vancouver for more than a decade, while others have recently received approval in the Vancouver area, Montreal and Toronto.

The two sites approved to expand services to non-injectable drugs are in Surrey, south of Vancouver. The public SafePoint supervised-consumption site, located on what's known as the "Surrey Strip," opened three weeks ago. The Quibble Creek Sobering and Assessment Centre began offering supervised consumption for clients one week ago.

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4 CN BC: New Plan Needed To Fight Overdose Crisis: Police ChiefWed, 28 Jun 2017
Source:Abbotsford News (CN BC) Author:Hopes, Vikki Area:British Columbia Lines:86 Added:07/03/2017

Prevention, early intervention key, Rich says

Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich recalls the phone call he received from a mom traumatized by the death of her adult son.

The man was prescribed opioids to cope with the physical pain following an operation, but he became addicted and turned to buying drugs on the streets.

His habit turned fatal when he ingested a substance that was, unknowingly to him, laced with fentanyl.

"That's just horrible to me. We're talking about somebody who never would have been a drug addict … That makes me angry," Rich said of the incident.

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5 CN AB: Circling Traditional DisciplineFri, 30 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:French, Janet Area:Alberta Lines:216 Added:07/03/2017

Restorative justice offers better way to discipline students than suspension

A decade ago, principal Keith MacQuarrie was frustrated with the number of students he was suspending for drugs and sending to board hearings for chronic absenteeism.

The tipi room is sometimes used for restorative circles at the Ermineskin Junior Senior High School in central Alberta.

He piped Frank Sinatra songs into the lunch detention room at Ermineskin Junior/Senior High School in Maskwacis, hoping students would be annoyed enough to follow the rules. It didn't work.

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6 CN BC: New Opioid Restrictions Create Greater Drug Crisis, DoctorsMon, 26 Jun 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:78 Added:07/01/2017

Desperate for relief from unbearable pain following knee surgery, Lorna Bird says she was forced to buy drugs from the Downtown Eastside streets of Vancouver when her doctor stopped prescribing an opioid in response to new standards aimed at preventing fatal overdoses.

"I started with heroin because I couldn't stand the pain," Ms. Bird said, recalling her fears about dying from fentanyl-laced street drugs because "everybody was croaking" and she didn't want her grandchildren dealing with that outcome.

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7 CN YK: Opioid-Related Death Rate Called No SurpriseMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:Whitehorse Star (CN YK) Author:Blake, Emily Area:Yukon Territory Lines:117 Added:06/12/2017

The Yukon and British Columbia experienced the highest rates of apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada last year.

According to a new national report from the federal government, the territory and province had a rate of over 15 deaths per 100,000 population compared to a national rate of 8.8 in 2016.

"I don't think it's a surprise," Dr. Brendan Hanley, the Yukon's chief medical officer, told the Star of the findings this morning.

He noted that the territory's high rates are driven by the five deaths officially linked to fentanyl since April 2016.

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8 CN ON: OPED: Don't Criminalize Drug UsersSat, 27 May 2017
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Lester, Brian Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:05/27/2017

The article Needles the cause, cure (May 23) postulates possible reasons for higher rates of HIV and hepatitis C virus in London.

As an organization that advocates with and for people who inject drugs ( PWID), we note that, while unsafe injection practices may be a potential driver of these increased rates, it is probably not the only influence. There are multiple social and systemic influences that may not only contribute to the increase of disease, but also contribute to overall diminished health of those who inject drugs.

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9 CN ON: OPED: Don't Criminalize Drug UsersSat, 27 May 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Lester, Brian Area:Ontario Lines:77 Added:05/27/2017

The article Needles the cause, cure (May 23) postulates possible reasons for higher rates of HIV and hepatitis C virus in London.

As an organization that advocates with and for people who inject drugs (PWID), we note that, while unsafe injection practices may be a potential driver of these increased rates, it is probably not the only influence. There are multiple social and systemic influences that may not only contribute to the increase of disease, but also contribute to overall diminished health of those who inject drugs.

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10 CN BC: Fentanyl Test Boosts Dose-Reduction RateMon, 15 May 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:84 Added:05/19/2017

A pilot project operated by Vancouver Coastal Health has found success with a simple detection strip for the notorious opioid

Drug users who test their drugs and discover fentanyl are 10 times more likely to reduce their dose, raising the possibility that making such tests widely available could reduce overdoses.

That is one finding of a drug checking pilot project at Insite, Vancouver's supervised-injection site, operated by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). Launched last July, the initiative offers drug users the option of testing their drugs for fentanyl using a simple test strip, which produces results in seconds.

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11 CN AB: Safe-Injection Site A Plausible Scenario For Medicine HatFri, 05 May 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Cranker, Mo Area:Alberta Lines:89 Added:05/08/2017

A safe-injection site could be coming to Medicine Hat.

Though still early in the process, HIV Community Link executive director Leslie Hill says this is something communities around Alberta could be seeing over the course of the next year or so.

"Right now we have a researcher in Medicine Hat working on creating a survey to get to drug users," she said. "We are doing this in response to a rise in opioid use across the province and we are trying to be proactive with this."

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12 CN AB: The War On Deadly OpioidsWed, 19 Apr 2017
Source:St. Albert Gazette (CN AB) Author:Henderson, Jennifer Area:Alberta Lines:135 Added:04/22/2017

How drug units deal with fentanyl

The death toll for fentanyl continues to rise in 2017, with nearly double the number of deaths being reported in the first six weeks of the year.

According to Health Canada, from Jan. 1 to Feb, 11, 51 people died from overdosing on fentanyl. In 2016 during the same six weeks, 28 Albertans died as a result of a fentanyl overdose.

The drug was first found in St. Albert in 2014 and since then the St. Albert RCMP's drug unit said that currently there is at least one pill found in around 80 per cent of their overall drug cases.

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13 CN ON: Trying To Stop A 'Tidal Wave'Sat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:193 Added:02/21/2017

WATERLOO REGION - Five years ago, local paramedics responded to one opioid overdose a week.

Now the rate is almost two overdoses every day.

"Where does it end?" says Robert Crossan, deputy chief of the Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services.

The drug at the core of the crisis is fentanyl - a painkiller 80 times stronger than morphine.

It's a pain medication prescribed and taken by patients through patches.

But 'bootleg' fentanyl is coming in from China, and trace amounts - as small as grains of salt - are being mixed with heroin and cocaine sold on the streets.

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14 CN ON: Health Board Backs Moves Toward City Safe Needle SiteFri, 17 Feb 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Brown, Dan Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:02/21/2017

The members of the Middlesex-London Board of Health endorsed Thursday evening a motion to take the "next steps" to set up a supervised-injection site for drug users in London.

That essentially means determining what the method will be for moving forward with the project. As part of that, there will be a public consultation before setting up any such site, including talking to the people in the chosen neighbourhood, including residents and business.

The first part of the three-pronged motion covered accepting a feasibility study. Dr. Gayanne Hovhannisyan, the acting medical officer of health, led the discussion.

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15 CN BC: Drug Reform Day Of Action PlannedThu, 16 Feb 2017
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Lupick, Travis Area:British Columbia Lines:93 Added:02/21/2017

On Tuesday (February 21), exactly 914 feathers will hang from the trees in Oppenheimer Park.

They will symbolize the 914 people who died of an illicit-drug overdose in B.C. in 2016. The feathers will be carved out of wood and as many as possible will bear the name of somebody who died after taking drugs.

The Vancouver demonstration is part of a national day of action that is so far planned for seven cities across Canada. In B.C., events are also planned for Victoria and Nanaimo.

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16 CN ON: Region Struggles With Drugs That Claim More Lives Than CarSat, 18 Feb 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:271 Added:02/21/2017

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 Padaric.

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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17 CN BC: MLA Still Supports Legalizing Hard DrugsThu, 16 Feb 2017
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Lupick, Travis Area:British Columbia Lines:112 Added:02/21/2017

In the late 1990s, Sam Sullivan, today the Liberal MLA for Vancouver-False Creek, paid for a 20-year-old sex worker's heroin habit for a period of three weeks.

He was a city councillor at the time. The story was front-page news in 2005, when Sullivan made a successful run for mayor. During the campaign, he refused to apologize for helping the girl purchase drugs.

"I had become very angry with a society that would let this lovely young woman degrade herself because our morals wouldn't allow us to accept where she was and help her try to move past it without destroying her life in the process," Sullivan told the Vancouver Courier that year.

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18 CN ON: Set Up Safe Needle Site In London, Study SaysThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:135 Added:02/11/2017

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 unanswered.

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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19 CN ON: Safe London Needle Site Study's Out TomorrowTue, 07 Feb 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Richmond, Randy Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:02/10/2017

Amid rising HIV rates and an entrenched needle culture, London researchers will unveil Wednesday a study on the value of a supervised injection site in the city.

Researchers interviewed 200 people who are or were injection drug users to assess people's willingness to use the sites and about 20 representatives from health care, law enforcement, government and community organizations to get feedback.

"There are several general recommendations based on the results of the study," but no specific direction to any agency or organization, Western University researcher Ayden Scheim said Monday.

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20 CN BC: Editorial: Let's Come Down Hard On Pushers Of FentanylThu, 02 Feb 2017
Source:Now, The (Surrey, CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:45 Added:02/02/2017

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 cocaine.

It's no secret what a horrible toll deadly opioids like fentanyl have taken on our local streets, particularly that forsaken strip of road in Whalley.

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