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1 CN BC: Drug Users Need To Be Part Of Solution To Overdose DeathsSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:101 Added:06/21/2017

VANCOUVER - Drug users are the solution to addressing overdose deaths and providing services to people before they die alone, says a woman who attended a meeting of health professionals in Vancouver trying to develop new strategies to deal with a growing crisis in B.C.

Karen Ward, a board member of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, was among about 20 drug users who joined doctors, including the provincial health officer, and the chief coroner at the all-day meeting Friday.

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2 Canada: Demystifying A Instead Of Decrying A Drugs For TeensSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Canada Lines:169 Added:06/19/2017

Educating teenagers about the safety of recreational drug use is an age-old conundrum for Canada, one at the forefront as the country pushes ahead with legalizing marijuana by next year

The ad shows four pretty young women laughing as their convertible rips past the picturesque Rockies on a warm sunny day, the driver - eyes narrowed slightly - joyfully passing a doobie to her friend.

In the next one, a hip young guy with high-top dreadlocks pinches a smouldering joint (backwards) in one hand and adjusts the car stereo with his other as his date leaves her house and approaches in a red party dress.

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3 CN AB: Beltline Tabbed For Safe SiteThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Cameron, Elizabeth Area:Alberta Lines:84 Added:06/19/2017

Province hopes to open public health service by end of 2017

The Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre in the Beltline could soon be Calgary's first supervised consumption site, pending federal approval.

Associate Minister of Health Brandy Payne confirmed on Thursday the province has applied to provide supervised consumption services in Calgary at the downtown health facility and will soon begin discussions with nearby residents.

"It's our hope that we'll be able to open the doors by the end of this year," Payne said, speaking to a large crowd who gathered at the health facility's lobby for the announcement.

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4US OH: More Victims Of ODs: First Responders Suffer CompassionMon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Courier-Journal, The (Louisville, KY) Author:DeMio, Terry Area:Ohio Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

The man was still, mouth open, head back in a white Crown Victoria stalled in the middle of a neighborhood street.

A paramedic pushed a flexible tube in the man's vein to pump in lifesaving naloxone to block the effects of whatever opioid he had taken and, if all worked well, revive him. Routine work. A little girl stopped her bicycle, clutching a melting red ice pop as she watched.

"This is just normal for her," said David Geiger, director of Covington Emergency Medical Services, nodding toward the child.

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5 CN BC: Instability Threatens Opioid FixFri, 09 Jun 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Ball, David P. Area:British Columbia Lines:66 Added:06/14/2017

Advocate fears lack of action due to power vacuum

A British Columbian mother whose son died from a fentanyl overdose is watching the province's political uncertainty with some unease since the May 9 razor-thin election.

With neither party commanding a majority of seats, government ministries have been treading water - maintaining existing programs but prevented from taking new policy directions.

Leslie McBain's 25-year-old son Jordan died of an opioid overdose in February 2014. She wants whoever takes power to listen to those most directly impacted.

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6 CN NF: If You Build It, They Might ComeSat, 10 Jun 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Oliver, Kenn Area:Newfoundland Lines:129 Added:06/13/2017

Advocates support idea of supervised injection and consumption site in St. John's, but unsure if drug users would use it

Advocates endorse supervised injection and consumption site in St. John's The number of supervised injection and consumption facilities - often referred to as safe-injection sites - in Canada will soon grow exponentially.

Over the last month, a new facility opened in Surrey, B.C., two were approved for Montreal, three more were approved for Toronto and there's one on the way for Ottawa. There's also talk in the addiction treatment and outreach community of Halifax having its own.

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7CN AB: NDP Says Safe Site For Drug Consumption ComingFri, 09 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/13/2017

Associate health minister Brandy Payne says she anticipates a supervised consumption site for users of dangerous opioids will be operating in Calgary within months.

Payne also said Thursday she expects there will ultimately be multiple safe-consumption sites in the city to try to combat a rising death toll from fentanyl and other opioids.

A Calgary application for a supervised consumption site is one of five Alberta proposals - the rest are from Edmonton - that have been submitted to Health Canada for an exemption under the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

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8 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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9 US: Drug Trade Rises In Dark Corners Of The InternetSun, 11 Jun 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Popper, Nathaniel Area:United States Lines:232 Added:06/11/2017

Opioid Dealers Embrace the Dark Web to Send Deadly Drugs by Mail

Anonymous online sales are surging, and people are dying. Despite dozens of arrests, new merchants - many based in Asia - quickly pop up.

As the nation's opioid crisis worsens, the authorities are confronting a resurgent, unruly player in the illicit trade of the deadly drugs, one that threatens to be even more formidable than the cartels.

The internet.

In a growing number of arrests and overdoses, law enforcement officials say, the drugs are being bought online. Internet sales have allowed powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl - the fastest-growing cause of overdoses nationwide - to reach living rooms in nearly every region of the country, as they arrive in small packages in the mail.

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10 CN BC: Illicit Drug-death Numbers Continue To RiseWed, 07 Jun 2017
Source:Delta Optimist (CN BC) Author:Jacques, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:60 Added:06/07/2017

The number of illicit drug deaths in B.C. continues to be a major cause of concern, with April showing the second-highest recorded numbers in a single month in the province, according to the latest statistics from the BC Coroners Service.

Provisional data show that 136 people died as a result of illicit drug use during April, an average of 4.5 each day, and almost double the April 2016 total of 69.

The April deaths bring the provisional numbers for the year-to-date to 488, and they show that more than half of all illicit drug deaths involved persons between the ages of 30 and 49 years. Four out of five who died were male.

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11CN BC: Music Festivals Arm For Overdose RiskFri, 02 Jun 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Petrescu, Sarah Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:06/06/2017

'The new reality': Fentanyl test strips and naloxone kits are part of the mix

Vancouver Island music festivals are stepping up harm-reduction measures with fentanyl test strips, more naloxone kits and outreach in light of B.C.'s drug overdose crisis.

"If you're a festival organizer, it's imperative to have this on your radar. This is the new reality," said Emmalee Brunt, communications manager for the Tall Tree Music Festival.

The festival takes place in Port Renfrew from June 23 to 26 and is expected to draw about 3,000 people.

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12 CN AB: Support Key To Drug BattleFri, 02 Jun 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Mabell, Dave Area:Alberta Lines:80 Added:06/06/2017

Police chief updates SACPA audience

"Catch and release" may work with fish conservation, but it's no answer to the issues of drug addiction.

That's the word from Rob Davis, Chief of the Lethbridge Police Service. He says repeatedly arresting people addicted to alcohol or drugs and then releasing them - with no assistance offered - is very expensive and it solves nothing.

"That's what we were doing," and so were police services across the nation.

But Lethbridge has a myriad of social service agencies, he told a Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs audience Thursday, and now police officers make an effort to connect repeat customers with an appropriate service agency as they're released.

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13 CN ON: Ottawa Approves 3 Toronto Supervised-Injection SitesSat, 03 Jun 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:Ontario Lines:103 Added:06/06/2017

The federal government has approved three supervised-injection sites for Toronto, further expanding a contentious harm reduction service in its latest effort to counter a surging number of overdose deaths in Canada.

Illicit fentanyl and chemically similar drugs have caused fatal overdoses to skyrocket. Opioid overdoses in Ontario increased 11 per cent in the first half of 2016 compared with the same period the year before, B.C. is on pace to have 1,400 deaths this year, and fentanyl-related fatalities in Alberta in the first quarter of 2017 are 60 per cent higher than in the same period last year.

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14CN AB: Column: Alberta Takes Important Step In Fight To Stop OpioidThu, 01 Jun 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Braid, Don Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/06/2017

There, the NDP finally said it. Alberta's fentanyl deaths are an "emergency."

That's pretty obvious after 113 fatalities already in the first three months of this year, after 363 in 2016. Overdoses now kill more people in Alberta than traffic crashes and homicides combined.

In 2011, there were only six deaths from this scourge. Opioids have become an undeniable public emergency.

It's also a suburban problem, not just a blight on the inner city. Last year, 80 per cent of Calgary deaths were outside the city core.

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15CN BC: OPED: Our Approach To Opioid Addiction Isn't WorkingFri, 26 May 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Oviedo-Joekes, Eugenia Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/29/2017

"Yes, and how many deaths will it take till he knows, That too many people have died?" - Bob Dylan, Blowin' in the Wind

Beginning in 1993, Justice Horace Krever led a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the tainted-blood scandal in Canada. Inquiries were held in other countries. One of the key questions was why people with hemophilia were forced to continue to inject blood products that were not screened for HIV, when newer and safer products were already available.

Criminal charges were laid in a number of settings. The Canadian Red Cross pleaded guilty to the crime of distributing a contaminated drug and made a large donation in exchange for six criminal charges being dropped.

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16 CN ON: Do You Know What Your Kids Are Vaping?Wed, 24 May 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:81 Added:05/29/2017

High school students in North Bay are vaping marijuana juice and crushed Oxycontin before and during school.

The startling news came in March when Almaguin Highlands Secondary School principal Donna Breault made a presentation to the Near North District School Board about vaping and its dangers.

Board chairman David Thompson says parents need to be aware of what their kids are doing.

"I think parents would be shocked," Thompson says. "Students are vaping marijuana juice, crushed Oxycontin and sharing filters, which is putting them at risk of some serious health concerns like hepatitis."

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17 CN BC: Health Canada OKs Consumption SitesMon, 29 May 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Denis, Jen St. Area:British Columbia Lines:58 Added:05/29/2017

Vancouver will get one new site, while Surrey gets two

Health Canada is allowing three additional supervised drug consumption sites to operate in the Lower Mainland - two in Surrey and one in Vancouver.

The move fulfils a promise from Jane Philpott, Canada's federal health minister, to support and expedite applications to open more of the sites. At supervised drug consumption sites, nurses are present as people take illicit drugs and can assist in case of an overdose as well as connect people to other health or social services. Insite at 139 E. Hastings St., operated by Vancouver Coastal Health and the Portland Hotel Society, opened in 2003, while a supervised consumption site at Vancouver's Dr. Peter Centre has operated since 2002.

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18 CN ON: 'Parents Would Be Shocked'Tue, 23 May 2017
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:05/28/2017

Students vaping marijuana juice, crushed Oxycontin, says principal

High school students are vaping marijuana juice and crushed Oxycontin before and during school.

The startling news came in March when Almaguin Highlands Secondary School principal Donna Breault made a presentation to the Near North District School Board about vaping and its dangers.

Board chairman David Thompson says parents need to be aware of what their kids are doing.

"I think parents would be shocked," Thompson says. "Students are vaping marijuana juice, crushed Oxycontin and sharing filters, which is putting them at risk of some serious health concerns like hepatitis."

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19CN BC: Canada Urged To Set Up More Drug ClinicsSun, 28 May 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/28/2017

European experts say facilities like Vancouver's Crosstown can save lives, money in battling opioid crisis

Addiction experts from five European countries say their experience with prescription heroin programs have provided overwhelming evidence to suggest Canada should expand its one clinic to tackle the deadly opioid crisis.

Researchers from the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada held a symposium in Vancouver on Friday to share lessons they've learned from multiple clinical trials and years of treatment.

Wim van den Brink of the Netherlands told a news conference that some European programs started as a way to deal with the public nuisance of drug use but the medical health benefits improved people's quality of life and saved money in the criminal justice system.

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20 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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