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1 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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2 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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3 CN ON: Region Gathers To Battle Opioid CrisisThu, 07 Dec 2017
Source:Cambridge Times (CN ON) Author:Jackson, Adam Area:Ontario Lines:189 Added:12/07/2017

While regional councillors have heard bits and pieces about the opioid response in the region, they heard it from the horse's mouth on Tuesday.

Members from various regional and community groups spoke before council in a public meeting to encourage a broad understanding of the complex issue.

The public meeting was broken down into core areas, such as policing, mental health services and public health services.

Bruce Lauckner, CEO of the Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), said opioids have become similar to cancer, where the general population is impacted by one or two degrees of separation at most.

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4 CN BC: PUB LTE: Thoughts On PotTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Harris, Scott Area:British Columbia Lines:52 Added:11/28/2017

Re: "Smoking pot hard on health."

The reason that "disparate points of view on the whole issue" exist is simply because those in the prohibitionist camp seem to be highly selective about what they choose to acknowledge as fact. Tobacco use provides the No. 1 source of preventable deaths in Canada and no one in the span of recorded history has ever died just from smoking cannabis.

At the same time, studies that indicate that the use of cannabis slows or even stops the growth of tumors are completely ignored.

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5 CN BC: PUB LTE: In Support Of Cannabis DispensariesFri, 03 Nov 2017
Source:Kelowna Capital News (CN BC) Author:Rk, Area:British Columbia Lines:70 Added:11/03/2017

To: Mayor and Council of the City of West Kelowna

I find myself writing this in support of the cannabis dispensaries in West Kelowna which have either been closed or are threatened to be closed by this current council. Over the past one-and-a-half years I have been a regular customer of a number of those businesses. They have become an important part of our daily lives dealing with arthritis, achy backs, anxiety, stomach issues, restless leg syndrome, etc. etc. The cannabis products provided by these businesses have been instrumental in helping us enjoy our time at this point in our lives. We (my wife and I ) are in our late 50s and have found that we prefer to use more natural methods to tend to our more minor health issues if possible and these dispensaries provide this for us and thousands of others in your community.

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6 CN AB: Injection Site ConcernsSun, 29 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:97 Added:10/29/2017

Safe sites for drug users stir up heated debate at MP-led community forum in southwest Edmonton

Heated debate erupted in the gymnasium at Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour School Saturday as residents of Edmonton-Riverbend argued over whether their suburban community would ever welcome supervised injection sites.

"It was pretty clear that a lot of people weren't supportive of safe injection sites coming into suburban areas, which we've been hearing through letters to the office and phone calls," said Matt Jeneroux, member of parliament for Edmonton-Riverbend.

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7 CN BC: Editorial: Discarded Needles Just The Tip Of The Opioid CrisisThu, 26 Oct 2017
Source:Comox Valley Record (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:49 Added:10/26/2017

As little as five years ago, we imagine most people would have scoffed at the idea of needing a special group to pick up discarded needles in the community.

Though the Comox Valley is not as badly affected as others, which are in the middle of a needle epidemic directly related to the opioid crisis that has killed so many across B.C. in the last several years, it isn't immune, either.

The provincial statistics for 2017 to date are horrifying. This province has never faced a drug threat like that of fentanyl.

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8 CN ON: For Many Parents, Motherisk Was A Formidable Foe In The CourtsSun, 22 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Mendleson, Rachel Area:Ontario Lines:294 Added:10/22/2017

Analysis of 50 cases sheds light on how people often suffering from poverty or other disadvantages were tarred by test results indicating that they were drinkers or drug users

In an Elliot Lake, Ont., courtroom in 2011, a woman fighting for custody of her step-grandchild tried to convince the judge that Motherisk's results were bogus.

The Children's Aid Society of Algoma had submitted Motherisk's tests of the woman's hair, which were positive for cocaine and opioids, as proof she had recently used drugs. The woman, identified by the court as L.G., argued the lab must have miscalculated because she had been clean for several months. The judge was not swayed.

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9 CN AB: Site Will Be 'Clean And Safe Space'Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Villeneuve, Melissa Area:Alberta Lines:150 Added:10/21/2017

Supervised drug consumption site set to open Jan. 2

What's old will be renewed again in a bid to save lives from the rising number of drug overdoses in Lethbridge. Government officials and local media received a tour Friday of the city's future supervised consumption site, currently under construction.

The former Pulse nightclub is being transformed into what will become a "clean and safe space" area for drug users to snort, inhale, inject or swallow drugs while under the supervision of healthcare professionals and without fear of arrest.

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10 CN ON: Roots Of A ScandalSat, 21 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Mendleson, Rachel Area:Ontario Lines:314 Added:10/21/2017

Hair testing by Motherisk was presented as evidence in a murder case. It was deemed not up to forensic standards, tossed out and even mocked by the judge. That was in Colorado - 22 years before the Motherisk scandal blew up

Twenty-two years before controversy shuttered the Motherisk lab, before its hair-strand drug tests were deemed unreliable, before the outcomes of thousands of child protection cases were called into question, a Colorado court threw out Motherisk's evidence in a hearing that foretold the crisis that is now playing out across Canada.

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11 Canada: Separated By A HairFri, 20 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Mendleson, Rachel Area:Canada Lines:385 Added:10/20/2017

Once-respected Sick Kids lab performed tests for more than 100 child welfare providers in five provinces, an investigation reveals. For families who have been torn apart, the fallout is a 'tragedy'

In British Columbia, a mother is desperate to convince the children she lost years ago that she didn't choose drugs over them.

In Nova Scotia, a 7-year-old girl prays for her brother, who was adopted into another family.

And in Ontario, a mother whose daughters were taken shortly after they were born is waiting for a reunion that may never come.

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12 CN ON: Expansion Of Needle Collection WelcomeSat, 14 Oct 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Ball, Vincent Area:Ontario Lines:85 Added:10/14/2017

A plan to increase the availability of needle containers in the community is being welcomed by some city residents.

"I think it's a good idea," said Tracey Bucci, of the Grand River Environmental Group.

"It would help reduce the risk of innocent people and animals from becoming infected by discarded needles. However, addiction issues do still need to be addressed because that's the root of the problem."

Bucci and her group of volunteers led clean-up efforts this year aimed at collecting used syringes in the area of Mohawk Lake.

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13 CN BC: Schools Mull Use Of Overdose Treatment KitsTue, 12 Sep 2017
Source:Whistler Question (CN BC) Author:Chua, Steven Area:British Columbia Lines:73 Added:09/13/2017

The provincial health officer is asking B.C. schools to consider buying naloxone

The provincial health officer is recommending B.C. schools - including those in Sea to Sky area - obtain the tools to deal with opioid overdoses.

A letter sent to superintendents across B.C. said that while schools aren't considered high-risk environments, they are advised to have naloxone kits and train staff to use them.

This advisory comes in the midst of what provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall has called a "public health emergency" - the use of fentanyl has been blamed for a sharp increase in the amount of deaths from drug overdoses.

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14 CN AB: Experts OverwhelmedSun, 03 Sep 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:232 Added:09/08/2017

Chief medical examiner's office pores over deaths in opioid fight

EDMONTON - In the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner each morning, medical examiners, investigators, and morgue staff divide the stack of files containing unexplained deaths that have come in from the night before.

Five years ago, this department, headquartered in a low-slung grey building in Edmonton, investigated between 1,900 to 2,000 cases a year.

But in the last couple of years the caseload has jumped to between 2,500 to 2,600 annually - the bulk of that increase, officials say, is due to fentanyl and other opioid deaths.

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15 CN ON: Opioid EmergencyTue, 29 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Daniszewski, Hank Area:Ontario Lines:139 Added:09/01/2017

Urged to declare an emergency, province promises "significant resources and supports"

The opioid drug crisis flaring up in Southwestern Ontario is becoming so bad across the province, hundreds of doctors, nurses and others are pushing Queen's Park to declare an emergency.

In an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne Monday, the health workers say limited resources and poor data are preventing them from responding properly to a disturbing, sustained increase in overdoses.

"The consequences have been clear: lives lost, families destroyed and harm reduction and health care worker burnout," they write.

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16 CN ON: Cops Blown Away By Coke BustFri, 01 Sep 2017
Source:Enterprise-Bulletin, The (CN ON) Author:Bales, Patrick Area:Ontario Lines:133 Added:09/01/2017

Largest drug seizure in OPP history has three men facing charges

ORILLIA - The OPP showed off the largest ever drug seizure of its nearly 110- year history Monday morning.

Three men have been arrested, accused of importing 1,062 kilograms of pure cocaine. The drugs were displayed by police during a press conference in four specially constructed glass containers, each with a dimension of about four feet tall by eight feet wide.

"This is a massive seizure, bigger than I've ever seen in my 33 years of policing," OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes said during the press conference at OPP Headquarters in Orillia.

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17 CN MB: PUB LTE: Drug Prohibition The ProblemTue, 29 Aug 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Buors, Chris Area:Manitoba Lines:34 Added:08/31/2017

Re: Winnipeg in grips of meth problem, say police (Aug. 27)

Winnipeg police spokesman Const. Jay Murray is wrong when he says "the majority of property crime in the city is related to the methamphetamine subculture." Drug prohibition is responsible, just as it was when cocaine was the drug de jour in the past.

The drug problem boils down to some people want to use those drugs and other people don't want them to.

The short of it is that it is none of your business what drugs the next door neighbours are using since none of that use harms you.

Repeal drug prohibition and the majority of property crime would end since these drugs that people want could be obtained for cheap and of a known purity at the local pharmacy.

Chris Buors

Selkirk

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18 CN ON: Dozens Making Use Of New Safe-Injection SiteSun, 27 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Poisson, Jayme Area:Ontario Lines:97 Added:08/29/2017

Temporary clinic has been open for a week in building at Victoria and Dundas Sts.

It has been nearly one week since Toronto opened its first city-run site for people to use illegal intravenous drugs and, so far, three dozen people have used the controversial service.

"We are thrilled to be offering this life-saving service to the community," Dr. Rita Shahin, Toronto Public Health's associate medical officer of health, said Saturday.

"The very first client that we had when we opened our doors, to us, represents a potential life that we may have saved. We had 36 visits in just five days, which . . . represents a great success. We look forward to more people becoming aware of the service and helping more people in our community."

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19 CN ON: Safe Injection Site Opens Its DoorsTue, 22 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Rider, David Area:Ontario Lines:81 Added:08/25/2017

Temporary space a stopgap until the three planned permanent sites open in fall

Toronto has taken a controversial step to combat overdose deaths, opening its first city-run site for people to use illegal intravenous drugs.

"It provides a safe environment for people who are going to use drugs," Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's chief public health official, told reporters outside the building at Victoria and Dundas Sts. that already houses The Works needle-exchange program.

"We know both through research and lived experience it's highest risk for overdose and deaths when people . . . use alone," she said. "We provide a safe environment, a supervised environment for people to use their drugs safely, so they minimize harm to themselves."

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20 CN AB: Front Line Praised In Drug FightWed, 23 Aug 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Potkins, Meghan Area:Alberta Lines:39 Added:08/23/2017

Alberta's justice minister says the province's law enforcement communities are having to "constantly" adapt in their efforts to combat the evolving methods of illicit drugmanufacturers.

Following news that health workers have found possible fentanyl-laced stickers in Calgary and Edmonton, Kathleen Ganley said police are doing a "very good job" of staying on top of drug trends. That vigilance is key, Ganley says.

"It's like this with most types of drugs, they're sort of constantly adapting to continue to try to keep those hidden and we're having to constantly adapt to continue to try to find those. We'll continue to use intelligence to move forward."

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