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1CN QU: Preventing ODs: Coalition Decries 'Systemic Barriers'Wed, 18 Oct 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Fidelman, Charlie Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

With just enough methadone to last the trip home to Montreal, Melodie was in a panic that she'd missed her flight. She was in Paris, and her supply of prescription methadone, a medicine that helps lower cravings and withdrawal symptoms caused by opiate use, was about to run out. Without it, she worried about a relapse, going into the street in desperation, and doing something dangerous for a fix.

But an online search brought her to a Parisian mobile health clinic. And they welcomed her. They gave her the methadone that she needed to stay sober. There was no bureaucracy, no delay, and no prescription signed by someone in authority - just instant help.

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2CN AB: A Magnet For Crime, Drug Use, Critics WarnThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Wakefield, Jonny Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Supporters of Edmonton's Chinatown and urban community league members say they 're disappointed with the Ottawa's approval of four supervised drug consumption sites in the city's core.

"We feel that it's an extremely unfair decision, and not well-informed," Michael Lee, chairman of the Chinese Benevolent Association, said Wednesday.

"The basic rights of some communities (were) totally ignored."

Alberta Health announced Wednesday that its federal counterpart had approved three supervised injection sites in Edmonton's downtown core and supervised consumption services for inpatients at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

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3CN AB: Inner City To Host Four Supervised Injection SitesThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Gerein, Keith Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Alberta's first supervised drug injection sites will open within months at four locations in Edmonton's inner city after receiving approval from Health Canada, the provincial government announced Wednesday.

Proponents hailed the news as a "long overdue" step that will save lives and direct more addicts into treatment.

The goal is to get three community sites open by late December or early January, while a fourth facility at the Royal Alexandra Hospital is anticipated to open sometime in the spring of 2018.

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4CN BC: OPED: Rethink Our Approach To Opioid BattleThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Novotna, Gabriela Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Thirteen Canadians a day were hospitalized for an opioid overdose in 2014-2015, according to the Canadian Institute of Health Information, and the rate of opioid poisoning hospitalizations has been steadily rising.

What began with the over-prescription of opioids such as OxyContin, a painkiller once thought to have a low potential for addiction, led to the diversion of legal drugs to the illegal market, and later to the dramatic expansion of the illegal production of fentanyl.

As the horror stories of addiction and death multiply, it is clear that what was once a medical issue is now a population-health crisis.

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5CN BC: UBC Will Offer Fentanyl Antidote Training ProgramTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2017

Students to learn to detect overdoses and reverse them using naloxone kits

The University of B.C.'s Alma Mater Society is organizing mass training events to teach students to recognize and reverse drug overdoses amid a devastating provincial health emergency that shows no sign of slowing down.

Organizers say 120 students are registered for a two-hour training session Thursday in the student union building at UBC's Vancouver campus, where they'll learn the signs of an overdose, how to use a naloxone kit and the role stigma-free language plays in improving the lives of people who use drugs.

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6 CN ON: City Firefighters To Have NaloxoneTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, CN ON) Author:Langlois, Denis Area:Ontario Lines:113 Added:10/20/2017

This is looking after our own people here as well as the public." Doug Barfoot, fire chief

Owen Sound firefighters will soon have a new tool at their disposal that could potentially save lives.

Fire Chief Doug Barfoot said within the next month or so, Owen Sound Fire & Emergency Services will begin carrying naloxone - the highly effective drug that can temporarily reverse an overdose by fentanyl or other opioids - on their main truck.

"We're trying to be proactive here," he said in an interview.

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7 CN AB: Consumption Site Approved For LethbridgeThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Martin, Tijana Area:Alberta Lines:102 Added:10/20/2017

Health Canada approved the first few supervised consumption facilities in Alberta on Wednesday, including a site in downtown Lethbridge.

ARCHES and Edmonton-based coalition AMSISE received an exemption from federal drug legislation, allowing them to operate supervised consumption sites.

Four sites are slated to open, three in Edmonton and one in Lethbridge, which will operate out of the former night club Pulse.

The application process for Lethbridge moved quicker than most and Jill Manning, the managing director of ARCHES, feels that may be a result of the unique issues Lethbridge is facing around substance use.

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8 CN ON: OPED: The Opioid Crisis Is A Health Issue, Not A CriminalTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Novotna, Gabriela Area:Ontario Lines:116 Added:10/20/2017

According to the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI), the rate of opioid poisoning hospitalizations has been steadily on the rise with about 13 Canadians a day hospitalized for an opioid overdose in 2014-2015.

The over-prescription of opioids such as OxyContin, a painkiller previously thought to have a low potential for addiction, led first to the diversion of legal drugs to the illegal market, and later, to the dramatic expansion of the illegal production of fentanyl.

As the horror stories of addiction and death have multiplied, it is now clear that what was once a medical issue is now a population health crisis.

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9 CN ON: Letter: Torn Over Safe Injection SitesTue, 17 Oct 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Renout, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:39 Added:10/20/2017

Re: Local safe injection sites urged for drug strategy (Oct. 11)

Safe injection sites are being considered for Brantford following the model of Vancouver and, soon, Toronto. I am torn. My first visceral response is why should taxpayer dollars be used to promote drug use. My kinder gentler side (the side that usually wins) says safe injection sites don't legitimize drug use. Instead, they simply provide a safe environment so drug users don't die.

I don't have the answer but I hope that, if a safe injection site is funded, that counselling services are available to encourage drug users to leave the drug scene and return to a healthy productive lifestyle. I also hope that officials will be prudent and search for way to do this in a fiscally responsible manner.

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10 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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11 CN ON: Editorial: Get Smarter On DrugsFri, 06 Oct 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:89 Added:10/11/2017

The chorus calling on Ottawa to decriminalize possession of all drugs is growing louder and more urgent. The government should listen

The chorus calling on Ottawa to rethink its approach to the epidemic of opioid overdoses sweeping this country is growing louder and more urgent. Two new reports issued this week echo a broad consensus among public health experts: decriminalizing the possession of all drugs is crucial if we're going to tackle this crisis.

In Ontario, more than two people died from opioid overdoses every day last year - and the rate seems to have risen in 2017. In British Columbia, the problem is even worse.

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12 CN NK: N.B. Lagging On Opioid Response: ActivistsTue, 10 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Leeder, Jessica Area:New Brunswick Lines:138 Added:10/10/2017

Grassroots harm-reduction initiative launched as those on the front lines lament provincial government's boardroom approach

Health officials in New Brunswick are taking too long to address the serious and growing opioid problem in the province's two largest cities, say local harm-reduction activists who have launched a grassroots initiative in the face of what they describe as government inaction.

It has been more than six months since the province's top doctor formed an advisory group to come up with solutions to address the issue, but the government's response so far has been lean compared with that of other Atlantic provinces and the rest of the country.

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13 CN BC: Expert Calls For Drug DecriminalizationThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:106 Added:10/06/2017

VANCOUVER - Canada's political leaders must take bold action by joining forces to decriminalize illicit drugs and save lives in the midst of an unprecedented overdose crisis, a leading drug-policy expert says.

Donald MacPherson of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's stance on legalizing marijuana to protect youth and stop the flow of profits to organized crime must also apply to drugs that have killed thousands of Canadians.

"That's very sad that he can't see the logic that he's using so loudly on cannabis to shift that logic to a far more serious problem," MacPherson said Wednesday.

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14 CN BC: Decriminalize Drugs To Fight Overdoses: ExpertThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:87 Added:10/06/2017

VANCOUVER - Canada's political leaders must take bold action by joining forces to decriminalize illicit drugs and save lives in the midst of an unprecedented overdose crisis, a leading drug-policy expert says.

Donald MacPherson of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's stance on legalizing marijuana to protect youth and stop the flow of profits to organized crime must also apply to drugs that have killed thousands of Canadians.

"That's very sad that he can't see the logic that he's using so loudly on cannabis to shift that logic to a far more serious problem," MacPherson said Wednesday.

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15 CN ON: Grieving Moms Now Advocates On Opioids CrisisThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Grimsby Lincoln News, The (CN ON) Author:Forsyth, Paul Area:Ontario Lines:162 Added:10/06/2017

Mothers galvanize regional politicians with powerful stories of loss of kids to overdoses

NIAGARA - Wilma Thompson was hearing about the horrific death toll the opioid crisis sweeping across the country was having, so she pulled her daughter Jaena, age 19, aside last year.

"I said please don't ever try this stuff: it will kill you," the St. Catharines mom said. "She said 'mom, I would never do that.' "

Two months later, Jaena didn't answer repeated calls to her phone. Her family called 911 and emergency responders found her dead in her apartment. Of an opioid overdose.

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16 CN ON: Editorial: Grief Turns To Opioid AdvocacyThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Grimsby Lincoln News, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:70 Added:10/06/2017

They're still dealing with crushing grief barely contained, but a group of Niagara mothers who lost children in the prime of their lives to overdoses from opioids delivered a powerful message to regional politicians last week on the desperate need to deal with the opioid crisis sweeping like a freight train across the country.

The powerful drugs such as fentanyl have left a trail of destruction starting on the West Coast and moving east, with soaring numbers of emergency rooms visits due to overdoses in Ontario now.

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17 CN ON: Grieving Moms Now Advocates On Opioids CrisisThu, 05 Oct 2017
Source:Port Colborne Leader (CN ON) Author:Forsyth, Paul Area:Ontario Lines:162 Added:10/06/2017

Mothers galvanize regional politicians with powerful stories of loss of kids to overdoses

NIAGARA - Wilma Thompson was hearing about the horrific death toll the opioid crisis sweeping across the country was having, so she pulled her daughter Jaena, age 19, aside last year.

"I said please don't ever try this stuff: it will kill you," the St. Catharines mom said. "She said 'mom, I would never do that.' "

Two months later, Jaena didn't answer repeated calls to her phone. Her family called 911 and emergency responders found her dead in her apartment. Of an opioid overdose.

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18CN ON: OPED: Why 'Pop-Up' Prevention Sites Are LegitWed, 04 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Elliott, Richard Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

Despite the mounting toll of overdose-related deaths in Ontario, Ottawa's mayor and certain city councillors are trying to close a "pop-up" overdose prevention site in Raphael Brunet Park. The site, staffed by concerned volunteers with Overdose Prevention Ottawa and funded via community donations, provides life-saving harm reduction services for people who use drugs. There have been more than 1,150 visits and no fatalities since it opened five weeks ago.

Various political "leaders" in Ottawa have criticized pop-up site organizers and been quick to presume the illegality of the site. The site operates without a federal ministerial exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, which means that those using illegal drugs at the site can still be charged for possession when using a service that could mean the difference between life and death.

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19 Switzerland: Commission Makes Recommendations For Tackling OpioidMon, 02 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:Switzerland Lines:110 Added:10/06/2017

The Global Commission on Drug Policy has issued recommendations on tackling North America's opioid crisis, calling for the immediate expansion of harm reduction services, the decriminalization and regulation of currently illicit drugs and an initiative to allow interested cities to de facto decriminalize as federal debates over drug policy continue.

The position paper, to be released on Monday, comes in advance of the final report of the White House opioid commission, led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, due out in November.

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20 CN AB: CP Rail Cutting Off Access To Injection SiteSun, 01 Oct 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Schnarr, J. W. Area:Alberta Lines:97 Added:10/06/2017

Stafford Drive bridge area being fenced off

CP Rail is cutting off access to one of the most active illicit injection sites in the city in the coming months, which could drive up drug use in other areas of the city.

In a report to Lethbridge Police Commission on Wednesday, ARCHES Executive Director Stacey Bourque told the commission when CP Rail cuts access to the area under Stafford Bridge, many drug users will lose access to an area where ARCHES cleans thousands of used needles every month.

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