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1 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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2 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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3 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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4 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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5 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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6 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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7 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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8 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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9 CN AB: Four-Legged LeadersWed, 23 Aug 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Smith, Alanna Area:Alberta Lines:61 Added:08/23/2017

Alberta shepherds in new era in global fight against fentanyl

INNISFAIL - Alberta is leading the world in fentanyl detection, having developed the first safe method for police dogs to detect the deadly drug.

All but one of the 136 drug-detecting dogs schooled at the RCMP facility just north of Calgary have been trained to aid in the fentanyl crisis that's taking thousands of live.

The RCMP developed a liquid solution for training because powdered fentanyl was too dangerous.

The equivalent of just two grains of salt is enough to kill someone and was the reason agencies across the world didn't attempt to develop the solution themselves, said Staff Sgt. Gary Creed, senior trainer for the RCMP police dog service.

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10 CN BC: Column: How Could A Spiritual Guru Die From Street Drugs?Mon, 21 Aug 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Proulx, Shaun Area:British Columbia Lines:139 Added:08/22/2017

Last month, you could hear the collective global gasp when news broke that eminent Zen Buddhist Michael Stone had passed away in Victoria, B.C. The shock was a natural reaction to the unexpected death of a beloved force of nature, a powerful communicator who, through his ability to make ancient spiritual ideas fresh and relevant, helped improve the lives of countless people around the world.

Stone left behind a wife and two children - with another on the way - and would have celebrated his 43rd birthday this past Saturday. But what also caused thousands of jaws to drop from the news was the Stone's cause of death: the charismatic, world-renowned and respected yoga/meditation/mindfulness expert, author, and speaker - who founded the Centre of Gravity in Toronto-died after OD-ing on street drugs.

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11 CN AB: Mothers Advocating For Drug Addiction AwarenessThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Airdrie City View (CN AB) Author:Ruth, Dustin Area:Alberta Lines:153 Added:08/15/2017

Two local mothers are bringing awareness to the rippling effect drugs leave on families by sharing the stories of their own children enveloped in the throes of addiction.

Opening a public discussion about drug addiction is how mothers Shawna Taylor of Airdrie and Christina Sackett of Crossfield first connected.

"There are so many families being affected," Taylor said. "I think the stigma is so incredible that people are embarrassed to come forward. It took us a long time."

Taylor has been married to her husband Jeff for 23 years and said the two raised their daughter, Kenedee, and son, Nathan, to respect curfews and stay away from drugs.

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12 CN ON: Mayor Targets OpioidsTue, 01 Aug 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Richmond, Randy Area:Ontario Lines:109 Added:08/05/2017

On top of city, region and provincial efforts, Matt Brown makes new bid to tackle local crisis, issues

Another drug crisis, another drug strategy.

In the midst of an ongoing London drug strategy, a regional drug strategy and a provincial drug strategy - none of them completed yet - the city's mayor wants his own drug strategy.

But the new effort will be nimble with a concrete focus, battling opioid overdoses and other problems in large part through the establishment of a supervised injection site, city health leaders promise.

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13 CN ON: Run Of Overdoses AlarmingFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Elliot Area:Ontario Lines:124 Added:08/04/2017

Five people in two days sent to hospital after taking drugs believed to be laced with fentanyl

Local health officials are raising the alarm after a string of fentanyl overdoses this week.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, five people, including three in Kingston, were sent to hospital after taking drugs believed to be laced with bootleg fentanyl.

"What we know is all five did require paramedic services and support in hospital, and we believe that they are related to fentanyl-contaminated drugs, just from the clinical signs and symptoms we saw," said Fareen Karachiwalla, associate medical officer of health with Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health.

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14 CN ON: Column: Fixing The Addiction Problem Will Be ExpensiveThu, 03 Aug 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:D'Amato, Luisa Area:Ontario Lines:93 Added:08/03/2017

The people who want to walk the riverside trails in Galt without being confronted by the discarded syringes of drug addicts have every right to voice concern.

I don't blame them one bit for wanting to reclaim their community and asking that it be cleaned up.

Robin Thomas, who carries her dog in order to protect it from stepping on drug paraphernalia, often sees clothes and backpacks stowed in the underbrush. Sometimes she even sees people who are "almost comatose."

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15 CN ON: Task Force To Battle Fentanyl CrisisFri, 28 Jul 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:117 Added:08/02/2017

Cambridge mayor says group will offer solutions, but will take 'whole community to solve this problem'

CAMBRIDGE - Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig says he's creating a city task force to find solutions to the fentanyl crisis plaguing his city.

The city initiative has been in the works for three months, said Craig, and is not a "knee-jerk" reaction to recent comments made by Cambridge coroner Dr. Hank Nykamp.

Nykamp, a coroner since 1985, said Cambridge is becoming the drug capital of Ontario with "drug houses" and "crystal meth factories."

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16 CN ON: 'This Is My Community, Too'Wed, 02 Aug 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:159 Added:08/02/2017

Drug use, disposed syringes a concern in downtown Galt

CAMBRIDGE - Robin Thomas often holds her pet Chihuahua in her arms when she takes him for a walk on the trail along the Grand River behind her condo building.

She's afraid her dog will step on used syringes that litter the brush near the trail.

Thomas lives at The Grand Condominium at Waterscape on Water Street. She moved there almost two years because she wanted to live in downtown Galt and was attracted to the view of the river from her balcony.

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17 CN AB: Property Crime Increases Are Due To Drugs, Police SaySat, 29 Jul 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Revell, Peggy Area:Alberta Lines:67 Added:07/29/2017

Property crimes of all sorts have increased in 2016, according to statistics included within the Medicine Hat Police's 2016 annual report published last week - numbers police say are linked together with the increased amount of meth and opiates being seen in the city.

"The biggest thing is thefts of convenience," said Insp. Brent Secondiak of the MHPS. "They will take stuff to make money that's convenient for them ... they won't do a lot of work for it."

"They will steal stuff from vehicles that are left open, they'll steal stuff from bicycles left in the yard."

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18 CN AB: Opiates, Meth Pose Big Problem For PoliceWed, 26 Jul 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Revell, Peggy Area:Alberta Lines:89 Added:07/28/2017

A "huge spike" in opiate and methamphetamine seizures this past year poses a deadly and multifaceted problem for local law enforcement, says a police inspector.

"We are hugely concerned with meth," said Insp. Brent Secondiak, speaking about the 2016 annual police report released last week.

In 2016, police seized 52.5 grams of heroin and 1,474 grams of meth, a 563 per cent and 300 per cent increase from 2015 respectively.

While fentanyl has made headlines across Canada for its deadliness, Secondiak said it hasn't been a problem in Medicine Hat compared to other drugs.

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19 CN ON: 'We Can' Wait On Politicians': Cambridge Coroner On FentanylThu, 27 Jul 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Martin, Ray Area:Ontario Lines:142 Added:07/27/2017

CAMBRIDGE - Cambridge coroner Dr. Hank Nykamp is tired of political rhetoric and inaction as the local fentanyl crisis deepens.

The longtime city doctor has been a Cambridge coroner since 1985. He has seen the best and worst of the city during his career. He loves this city, but believes more must be done to stem the growing number of opioid overdose cases crossing his examination table.

"Five years ago it was oxycodone. Now it's fentanyl and carfentanil, which is even more powerful and used to knock out elephants," he said. "Something needs to be done and we can't wait on the politicians."

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20 CN AB: Alberta Cannabis Survey Sees 35,000 RespondentsWed, 26 Jul 2017
Source:Ponoka News (CN AB) Author:Vaughan, Todd Colin Area:Alberta Lines:108 Added:07/26/2017

The provincial government has begun to amp its plans for when the federal cannabis legislation comes into effect next year by July 1st.

The Alberta Government is currently conducting a survey asking Albertans how they would like to see cannabis use and distribution be implemented in this province.

Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kathleen Ganley said July 1st, 2018 is an ambitious timeline, however this provincial survey - which has already had over 35,000 respondents - will help provincial legislation reflect the values of Albertans.

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