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1 CN AB: Passing The Sniff TestMon, 12 Mar 2018
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Cranker, Mo Area:Alberta Lines:66 Added:03/16/2018

Plenty of hard work goes into training police service dogs to sniff out illicit substances

For the vast majority of the dog population, sitting, shaking their paw and possibly rolling over is more than enough to get a treat, or some time with their favourite toy.

For police service dogs Astor and Flint, some of the highest praise comes after sniffing out drugs hidden in a home or a vehicle.

The Medicine Hat Police Service is two weeks into training PSD Astor to detect drugs and to notify his handler of any illegal substances he may sniff out.

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2 CN AB: Police Witness Suffering On Front Lines Of Battle AgainstThu, 08 Mar 2018
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Kalinowski, Tim Area:Alberta Lines:95 Added:03/13/2018

The sheer volume of human suffering has been increasing exponentially in recent months as a new and deadly wave of opioids scythes through local drug users and addicts, says Const. Ryan Darroch, a 15-year veteran of the Lethbridge Police Service, and a beat cop with the downtown policing unit.

"We have not yet confirmed carfentanil (behind the recent overdoses) through our lab analysis," he emphasizes, "but we have seized carfentanil in the city. A lot of the street people we talk to in the downtown, and all over this city, refer to it as 'Car.' It almost looks like that candy Nerds. They tell us they take that carfentanil and mix it with a water solution in those little blue vials people may see on the streets on the ground. They mix that solution in little green mixing bowls, and it breaks down the opioid inside that and they may then draw that solution into a needle and inject it into themselves. Fentanyl or

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3 CN AB: Lethbridge OD Spike Watched Closely In The HatThu, 01 Mar 2018
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Slade, Gillian Area:Alberta Lines:72 Added:03/05/2018

The significant spike in illicit drug overdoses in Lethbridge has not reached Medicine Hat - yet.

There is no way to predict that it will or when, said Insp. Tim McGough, Medicine Hat Police Service.

Lethbridge recently experienced its largest spike in overdoses - 16 cases - ever recorded in a 24-hour period. There were 42 overdose calls to first responders in the week after Feb. 19.

"We've had no specific overdose spike (in Medicine Hat) but we are always concerned with illicit usage." said McGough.

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4 CN BC: Laundering Linked To Drug Trade A 'structural' Issue: SFUWed, 28 Feb 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:102 Added:03/01/2018

Structural changes are required to clamp down on the unregulated private lending networks that drug traffickers are using to launder their illicit gains, a Simon Fraser University criminologist says.

A recent Globe and Mail investigation identified people connected to the local fentanyl trade who are also private lenders, using Vancouver-area real estate to clean their cash.

Neil Boyd, a criminology professor at SFU, said the complexity of these private lending networks and similar white-collar crimes make them notoriously hard to prosecute.

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5 CN ON: Parents Push Premier To Fill Treatment Gaps For Addicted TeensSat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Moro, Teviah Area:Ontario Lines:154 Added:02/10/2018

Dundas mom says 17-year-old is on 'lockdown' in home after knife-wielding outburst

When his father roused his son from a drug-induced slumber, he flew into a rage.

The 17-year-old ended up pulling a knife and locking his dad out in the freezing cold.

Now, his parents take turns watching him - constantly.

"We just kind of keep him down on what we call 'lockdown,'" says his mom, a school teacher who lives in Dundas.

Her son is addicted to drugs and alcohol. He has tried to kill himself, been in and out of hospital, in homeless shelters and jail.

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6 CN ON: Etown Firefighters Want To Opt Out Of Naloxone KitsSat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Bedford, Sabrina Area:Ontario Lines:97 Added:02/10/2018

The fire department in ElizabethtownKitley wants to opt out of carrying naloxone kits in its fire trucks.

In a report to council set to be discussed on Monday, the township's fire department says it unanimously decided it does not want to participate in the Ontario Naloxone Program at this time.

The provincial fire marshal and chief of emergency management informed the township in December they will be expanding the naloxone program to include funding for two naloxone kits for each fire truck used in their role as first responders.

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7 CN ON: TDSB To Put Naloxone Kits In Every Secondary SchoolFri, 09 Feb 2018
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Rizza, Alanna Area:Ontario Lines:80 Added:02/09/2018

Overdose-prevention plan would equip 112 high schools and train some staff

Toronto District School Board high schools will soon be provided with a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses.

On Wednesday evening, the board voted to move forward with equipping every secondary school with a naloxone kit, as part of TDSB's overdose-prevention plan implemented in November 2017.

TDSB spokesperson Ryan Bird said one kit will be provided to each of the board's 112 high schools and alternative schools.

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8 CN ON: City Examines Injection SiteWed, 31 Jan 2018
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Keown, Mary Katherine Area:Ontario Lines:82 Added:02/05/2018

Committee to look at report next week

Sudbury could become home to a safe injection site.

The community services committee will hear next week about the prospect of undertaking a feasibility study for a site, which will cost $150,000 to $200,000. Council is being asked to endorse the report.

"Through community consultations, under the mental health and compassionate city community priorities, the suggested action includes the study of and possible

establishment of a supervised injection site," a staff report indicates. "In addition, the establishment of (a safe injection site) has been prioritized by the community drug strategy as part of the harm reduction pillar area of responsibility."

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9 CN ON: Region Looks For Improvement On Needle DisposalThu, 01 Feb 2018
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Weidner, Johanna Area:Ontario Lines:93 Added:02/05/2018

WATERLOO REGION - Regional councillors thanked the public health department for its harm reduction efforts, but said more needs to be done to ensure used needles aren't ending up in public spaces.

"I do appreciate the efforts of public health," Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig said at a council meeting on Tuesday. "But we still have a problem."

The number of needles distributed through Waterloo Region's needle syringe program has been rising steadily in recent years, reaching a peak in 2017, according to a report presented this week.

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10 CN BC: Vancouver Blazes Psychedelic Research TrailThu, 01 Feb 2018
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Lupick, Travis Area:British Columbia Lines:373 Added:02/03/2018

Decades after Canada abandoned the field, the B.C. Centre on Substance Use is investigating the benefits of drugs like MDMA and psilocybin

In 2011, Gerald Thomas was invited to an Indigenous community in a remote area of British Columbia. Working for the Centre for Addictions Research of B.C., he was one of a small team of scientists who observed 12 people take ayahuasca, an Amazonian mixture that induces vivid visual and auditory hallucinations as well as deep emotional and intellectual reflection.

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11 CN ON: LTE: Columnist Off The Mark On Drug LegalizationSat, 27 Jan 2018
Source:Chatham Daily News, The (CN ON) Author:Prokop, Dave Area:Ontario Lines:47 Added:02/01/2018

After reading the column written by Tyler Dawson on why it's time to legalize all drugs, I couldn't help butt my head as to why he would even suggest such a dangerous and ill thought-out plan.

I myself am opposed to these so-called "safe" injection sites. Sure, it will save people from overdosing on heroin, but it also enables those to go out and do it all over again and again.

It's unsafe for you to be injecting this poison into your body in the first place.

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12 CN ON: Group Urges Safe Use Of Psychedelic SubstancesThu, 25 Jan 2018
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Crosier, Steph Area:Ontario Lines:80 Added:01/25/2018

In the hope of spreading awareness of the therapeutic benefits of MDMA, commonly known as ecstacy, one local psychotherapist is encouraging Kingstonians to explore and discuss the opportunities of psychedelic drugs.

"MDMA is an empathogen, it gives you more empathy and self-compassion, and so when you're in therapy with it you can look at your trauma with a little bit more openness," Richard Tyo, a registered psychotherapist and member of the Kingston Psychedelic Society, said on Wednesday. "It can really accelerate a lot of therapy."

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13 CN NS: Countdown To Cannabis LegalizationWed, 17 Jan 2018
Source:Victoria Standard, The (CN NS) Author:Barber, Carolyn Area:Nova Scotia Lines:81 Added:01/17/2018

Victoria Cooperative Fisheries GM Osborne Burke says employers need more time for training and education

When it comes to consuming substances that carry the risk of impairment, what employees ingest on their own time can become the employer's business. In safety-sensitive worksites, establishing a clear drug and alcohol policy is paramount. So too is encouraging employees with a substance abuse problem to seek help.

Victoria Cooperative Fisheries (VCF) in Neil's Harbour has long been ahead of the curve when it comes to a comprehensive workplace drug and alcohol policy. With cannabis legalization on the horizon, VCF'S Health and Safety Committee has taken steps to ensure management and employees have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities post-legalization.

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14 CN MB: NDP Calls For Safe Drug Injection SitesSat, 13 Jan 2018
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Martin, Nick Area:Manitoba Lines:81 Added:01/13/2018

DP Leader Wab Kinew demanded Friday that provincial Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen create safe consumption sites for injection drug users in Winnipeg and other communities in Manitoba.

"There are people in our city who are dying," Kinew told reporters.

But Goertzen said in an emailed statement late Friday that he's not considering establishing sites.

Kinew said deaths and overdoses from opioids and methamphetamine have reached crisis proportions in Winnipeg.

"It's time for there to be a safe consumption site in Winnipeg," he said. "We know safe consumption sites save lives."

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15 CN MB: 'Need To See Action'Sat, 13 Jan 2018
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Pursaga, Joyanne Area:Manitoba Lines:70 Added:01/13/2018

NDP lobbying for safe injection sites

Manitoba's official opposition is lobbying for safe injection sites, in Winnipeg and beyond.

NDP leader Wab Kinew said the Progressive Conservative government should spend some of the $10.9 million federal dollars it's received to address mental health and addictions to develop such sites, which he believes are needed in Winnipeg and other Manitoba communities.

Kinew said the effort is critical to combat a surge in crystal meth and fentanyl abuse.

"We know that safe (injection) sites save lives and we know that (addiction) is reaching crisis proportions. So we need to see action," said Kinew.

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16 CN ON: Ontario Clears Way For City OD-Fighting SiteFri, 12 Jan 2018
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Sher, Jonathan Area:Ontario Lines:90 Added:01/12/2018

Three weeks after Ontario said it would fast-track creation of temporary safer drug-injection sites, the province has finally cleared away the bureaucratic red tape - a move that will soon lead to a site or sites in London.

The red tape - the Ontario government had promised a 14-day turnaround - - was the last barrier to health units across Ontario to creating safer places to lessen the death toll of opioids. The Middlesex-London Health Unit used the last three weeks to have its application ready to go.

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17 CN BC: Search Of Phone Called Into QuestionFri, 12 Jan 2018
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Boyd, Dale Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:01/12/2018

The methods Penticton police used to search phones connected to a drug investigation were again called into question on Thursday in B.C. Supreme Court. Jennifer Montgomery, 31, is facing one charge of possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking and two counts of simple possession of heroin and methamphetamine. Her trial began Wednesday.

Montgomery's phone was seized by police after a search warrant was executed June 22, 2016, at her Penticton home, where RCMP Const. Chad Jackson testified drugs and paraphernalia associated with drug dealing were found.

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18 CN BC: Judge Rules Rcmpas Use Of Text Messages Was OKThu, 11 Jan 2018
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Boyd, Dale Area:British Columbia Lines:73 Added:01/11/2018

Jennifer Montgomery, 31, was charged with a number of drug offences after Mounties obtained a search warrant for her home

Police had every right to use text messages found on a woman's phone to launch a subsequent drug investigation inside the home she had just left, a judge ruled Wednesday in Penticton. The validity of that tactic was challenged in a voir dire at the outset of the B.C. Supreme Court trial for Jennifer Montgomery, 31, who is charged with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, plus simple possession of heroin and methamphetamine.

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19 CN ON: Peer-Based Program Aims To Reduce Unsafe Needle DisposalTue, 19 Dec 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Weidner, Johanna Area:Ontario Lines:102 Added:12/24/2017

CAMBRIDGE - An innovative new peer-based pilot project will be launched in Cambridge early next year with the aim of curbing improper needle disposal in the community.

The project is a partnership between Region of Waterloo Public Health, which will provide funding, Sanguen Health Centre and the City of Cambridge.

Along with removing needles through patrols and education, it will offer employment and skill development to people who have experienced substance abuse; they will be hired as the peer workers.

"There is no harm in trying other methods to connect people and get them on board," said Violet Umanetz, Sanguen's outreach manager. "The peers do so well working in the community."

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20 CN ON: City Shooting For Quick OD-Prevention SiteWed, 20 Dec 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Bieman, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:127 Added:12/24/2017

In the wake of a deadly opioid drug crisis that's killed hundreds in Ontario, London health officials are fast-tracking a pop-up, - -overdose-prevention site they want to have up and running by January.

The stripped-down version of a supervised consumption site will give drug users a safer environment to inject. The location of the site, or the total number if there is more than one, hasn't been pinned down. But the plan is to have at least one as early as possible in 2018.

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