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81 CN BC: Suburbs Eye Injection SitesThu, 21 Jul 2016
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Lupick, Travis Area:British Columbia Lines:79 Added:07/26/2016

The City of Vancouver has long led the way on harm reduction. For more than a decade now, its two supervised-injection sites have made it the only jurisdiction in North America with facilities where addicts can inject drugs under the watchful care of nurses. But the suburbs that surround Vancouver have taken more cautious and conservative approaches to drugs, declining to host safe-consumption sites of their own.

That's finally beginning to change. Fraser Health, the authority responsible for care in communities from Burnaby to Hope in the Fraser Valley, has revealed that it plans to open multiple sites where users can inject heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other drugs.

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82 CN ON: LTE: Addicts The Best?Fri, 22 Jul 2016
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Boyd, Valerie Area:Ontario Lines:39 Added:07/25/2016

Re "Council OKs injection sites" (Shawn Jeffords, July 15):

If Councillor Gord Perks really believes his statement when referring to drug addicts that "you are the best of us", then he obviously has more problems than the addicts themselves. When did drug addicts become "the best of us"? They certainly aren't the worst - that would be reserved for murderers and rapists - but to refer to them as "the best" is greatly insulting to just about everyone. The drug addicts did not agitate for a treatment centre or new treatment facilities of any kind. They agitated for an injection site where they could go and inject illegal drugs and not have to deal with people stepping over them in an alley. The only reason that Insite can brag about saving addicts from dying of overdoses is that there are medical personnel at the injection sites to revive them should they overdose anyway. The councillors have been fooled into thinking this is an acceptable lifestyle that should be enabled. We will soon see how wrong they are.

Valerie Boyd Woodbridge

(Perks may have gone over the top but addiction is a disease, not a sign of moral failure)


83 CN BC: B.C. Urged To Provide Prescription Drugs At SupervisedFri, 22 Jul 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:113 Added:07/24/2016

Health officials in British Columbia want to provide pharmaceutical-grade opioids to some addicts at supervised-consumption sites to tackle the province's soaring number of overdose deaths.

While they caution that there are no concrete plans yet, such a measure would make British Columbia the first province in Canada to provide prescription narcotics to addicts outside a clinical trial, while significantly expanding the role of facilities such as Vancouver's Insite - the country's first public supervised injection site, which has never offered drugs to users who inject there.

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84 CN BC: Region Looks At Safe Injection SitesWed, 20 Jul 2016
Source:Maple Ridge News (CN BC) Author:Melnychuk, Phil Area:British Columbia Lines:169 Added:07/22/2016

Maple Ridge will work with Fraser Health

Fraser Health will identify priority sites for supervised drug consumption as part of a broader strategy to contain a surge in illicit drug overdoses, and Maple Ridge could be one.

Fraser Health has to talk with the City of Maple Ridge first.

"This is not something we've really ever talked about as a community," said Mayor Nicole Read.

"It sounds like this is a decision that's been made by Fraser Health in response to an emerging situation that's a real crisis. Obviously, we're going to be working with Fraser Health however we can to deal with the situation in our own community. But what that looks like, I'm not sure yet."

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85 CN BC: B.C. Poised To Open New Supervised Drug-Use SitesWed, 20 Jul 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:109 Added:07/21/2016

A steep and steady climb in the number of drug overdoses has put increased pressure on health authorities in British Columbia to open additional spaces for users to consume illicit substances under medical supervision.

Fatal drug overdoses have increased almost every year since 2009, spiking with the emergence of illicit fentanyl in 2012. Advocates have long called for more supervised-consumption sites - particularly in the Fraser Valley and on Vancouver Island.

And now, after being accused of dragging their heels, Fraser Health and Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) appear poised to submit applications to Health Canada to open multiple consumption sites, which would include injection facilities similar to Vancouver's Insite, but could also allow people to inhale drugs such as crack-cocaine. Vancouver is expected to pursue additional sites as well. Just four months ago, the Fraser Health Authority said it had no plans to open such a site. That same month, the Vancouver Island Health Authority said it was working with stakeholders to look at what an appropriate supervised-injection model would look like.

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86 CN BC: Drug Use Sites Part Of Strategy On OverdosesWed, 20 Jul 2016
Source:Surrey Leader (CN BC) Author:Nagel, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:132 Added:07/21/2016

Fraser Health will quickly identify priority sites for supervised drug consumption as part of a broader strategy to contain a surge in illicit drug overdoses.

Surrey is certain to be one of the proposed locations, but health authority officials aren't yet saying if they will also propose sites in other drug-troubled downtowns such as Langley City, Maple Ridge and Abbotsford.

"We're at early stages of identifying priority communities and having initial conversations, dialogue and engagement with municipalities," said Dr. Victoria Lee, Fraser's chief medical health officer.

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87CN BC: Health Authorities Seek Safe Inhalation Site AfterTue, 19 Jul 2016
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Colebourn, John Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/20/2016

At Least 43 Treated After Taking Crack Laced With Fentanyl on the Weekend

At least 43 overdoses in Surrey's Whalley area over the weekend are being attributed to crack cocaine being laced with the deadly opioid fentanyl.

And as police and health care workers scramble to warn people of the unprecedented risks they face in using crack cocaine, those on the front lines think it is time to open up a safe inhalation site.

At the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, spokesman Hugh Lampkin said they used to have a "consumption room" for both intravenous and crack cocaine users.

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88 Canada: Ithaca Mayor Talks Drug Strategy, Supervised-InjectionMon, 18 Jul 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:Canada Lines:104 Added:07/19/2016

Svante Myrick, the young mayor of Ithaca, N.Y., made international headlines earlier this year when he backed a drug strategy that included the opening of a supervised-injection site. While two such facilities have existed in Vancouver for more than 13 years - and Toronto recently approved three - supervised consumption remains a controversial idea for many in North America. If approved, Ithaca's could be the first of its kind in the United States.

The Globe and Mail spoke with Mr. Myrick, who recently visited Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, where he toured the Insite supervised-injection site; the Providence Crosstown Clinic, where drug users who were part of a clinical trial receive prescription heroin; and other social-service providers.

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89CN BC: Victoria Gets Ok To Apply For Drug Use SiteSat, 16 Jul 2016
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Cleverley, Bill Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/18/2016

Victoria has taken another step closer to establishing supervised injection sites in the city.

The city has been invited by the federal minister of health to apply for an exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for a supervised drug consumption site.

"I continually look for ways to keep Canadians healthy and reduce risks and harms to them," Health Minister Jane Philpott says in a letter to Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps.

"For this reason the government's approach to supervised consumption sites will be guided by evidence, which in this case is clear - when properly established and managed, supervised consumption sites can save lives and improve health without increasing drug use and crime in the surrounding area."

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90 CN BC: Crystal Meth, Heroin Use On Par: SurveyFri, 15 Jul 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:99 Added:07/17/2016

Drug users report highest-ever rate of stimulant's use in study's history, which suggests need for change to harm-reduction resources

Crystal methamphetamine use has climbed across British Columbia and is now on par with heroin use, according to a new provincewide survey of drug users.

The finding suggests a need to reassess the availability of harm-reduction resources and supplies across the province, according to an epidemiologist behind the study.

The survey, prepared by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, was distributed across 34 sites offering harm-reduction supplies and completed by 812 drug users. It builds on annual surveys dating to 2012 and paints a picture of substance-use trends among harm-reduction clients across B.C. Before these surveys, most knowledge of local drug trends was based on data from two major cities: Vancouver and Victoria.

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91CN BC: U.S. Mayor Sees 'Hope' In Harm ReductionSun, 10 Jul 2016
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/12/2016

Svante Myrick aims to bring Vancouver's pioneering programs back to his small city in upstate New York

Svante Myrick has led a lifelong battle against the devastation caused by illicit drugs.

He spent much of his childhood homeless while his father, a crack cocaine user, walked in and out of his world through "a sort of revolving door of jail and rehab," he said.

Now Myrick, 29, the youngest and the first black mayor of Ithaca, N.Y., is fighting ideology and policy to make his city the first in the U.S. to be home to a legal supervised-injection facility (SIF) for heroin users.

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92CN BC: Peer Advisers Use Street-Level ExperiencesThu, 07 Jul 2016
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Ip, Stephanie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/08/2016

Recruits Know First-Hand About Life for Many in the Downtown Eastside

Those who attempt to provide care in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside without first understanding the complex issues faced by the area's population might as well be speaking an entirely different language.

That's according to Daniel Benson, one of 12 newly hired peer advisers who are helping Vancouver Coastal Health roll out its Second Generation Strategy (SGS) in the DTES.

"I've seen the pendulum swing both ways as far as the laws and people's attitudes go and now it's going in a positive direction with all the harm reduction, so that's refreshing to see," said Benson. "We hope to - and I hope to - influence their decisions, to make service deliveries down here more efficient, more compassionate and do a better job all around.

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93 CN ON: Gaining Insight Into InsiteMon, 04 Jul 2016
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Yuen, Jenny Area:Ontario Lines:80 Added:07/07/2016

Vancouver experts weigh in

While the Board of Health will deal Monday with a call to open three safe injection sites, Vancouver is in the midst of grappling with the introduction of five such projects to combat the city's fentanyl overdose crisis. The Vancouver Coastal Health department and the Vancouver Police Union weigh in on the pros and cons.

Vancouver Police Union President

Did crime go up when Insite, Vancouver's first supervised injection site, opened in 2003?

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94 US OR: Should Portland Have A Safe Drug Injection Site?Thu, 30 Jun 2016
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:VanderHart, Dirk Area:Oregon Lines:205 Added:06/30/2016

As the Heroin Epidemic Grows Worse, People Are Finally Talking About It


The call goes up before the bicycles roll to a complete stop on a recent Friday, sending a ripple of energy up and down the Central Eastside block.

Soon, grateful drug users are coming from every direction to speak with four volunteers bearing stuffed backpacks and two bountiful bike trailers.

"Needles?" asks one woman. "Who brought needles?" She's handed a pack of 50 new syringes, and offered her choice of an array of injection materials-three sizes of cotton wads, two kinds of rubber tourniquets (in case anyone's allergic to latex), tiny cups for cooking heroin, kits for treating wounds caused by injections, and more.

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95 CN ON: Tory, Saunders Support Injection SitesSat, 25 Jun 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Gray, Jeff Area:Ontario Lines:105 Added:06/28/2016

Mayor says rising toll of overdose deaths in Toronto 'cannot be acceptable to anyone in a caring city such as ours'

Toronto Mayor John Tory and police Chief Mark Saunders are not opposing a proposal that would see three existing harm-reduction clinics in the city set up supervised drug-injection sites, where addicts can shoot up with a nurse looking on.

For months, Mr. Tory and Chief Saunders were non-committal about the plans, which were announced in March by medical officer of health David McKeown as a response to an alarming increase in overdose deaths in Toronto.

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96 CN ON: PUB LTE: Accept The Evidence, CouncillorThu, 23 Jun 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Davey, Harvey Area:Ontario Lines:26 Added:06/27/2016

Coun. Shad Qadri listened to the evidence from professionals and colleagues. He still could not support the safe injection site - partly because a cabbie would not take him closer than a couple of blocks from the Insite injection site in Vancouver. I wonder how representative that cabbie was.

The evidence is in and has been for some years: safe injection sites save lives and reduce crime. The mayor, the police chief and the councillor need to accept the evidence whether they like it or not. They can make Ottawa a safer place for us all, addicts and non-addicts alike.

Harvey Davey, Ottawa


97CN ON: A 'Yes' Vote for Injection SitesTue, 21 Jun 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Reevely, David Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:06/23/2016

Board of Health Nearly Unanimous in Its Support for Supervised Facilities

Ottawa's board of health voted 10-1 Monday night to encourage supervised-injection sites to open in the city. "Listen to, more than anything, the people who live this," Capital Coun. David Chernushenko told skeptics. He'd come into the health-board meeting not knowing how much he didn't know about addiction, and treatment, and what it's like to be a drug addict, he said.

The board heard from several, all begging the board to say it supports the notion of opening supervised facilities where addicts can inject drugs in the presence of nurses who can rescue them from overdoses.

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98 US DC: U.S. Senate Struggles With Injection SitesThu, 16 Jun 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:District of Columbia Lines:103 Added:06/17/2016

Committee Tries to Understand Supervised Clinic Concept As Crosstown Clinic Physician Testifies to Its Efficacy

Members of a U.S. Senate committee looking to confront drug abuse struggled with the concept of prescription heroin and raised concerns about supervised-injection sites increasing crime as they heard testimony on Wednesday from a B.C. doctor who helped lead one of the most radical interventions in North America.

Scott MacDonald, physician lead at Providence Health Care's Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs at a hearing in Washington titled "America's Insatiable Demand for Drugs: Examining Alternative Approaches." He was one of four experts invited to speak, and the only one from outside the United States.

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99CN ON: Injection Site Now Needed: Top MDWed, 15 Jun 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Reevely, David Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:06/16/2016

Health Unit Cites Looming Overdose Crisis

The capital is on the brink of an injection-drug crisis, the city's top public-health doctor believes, and now is the time to open a safe drug-injection site to try to head it off.

"In Ottawa, we are on the cusp of this larger trend, and we have dodged it because we have been lucky so far," says Dr. Isra Levy, the city's medical officer of health.

Monday night, after years of equivocating, his health unit released a report saying the city should have at least one supervised facility aimed at chronic users of injection drugs, where they can shoot up with clean needles and have nurses on hand to help if they overdose.

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100 CN BC: B.C. Drug Deaths Top Toll From CrashesWed, 15 Jun 2016
Source:Surrey Leader (CN BC) Author:Nagel, Jeff Area:British Columbia Lines:87 Added:06/16/2016

Most Overdose Fatalities Tied to Fentanyl

New statistics show 308 B.C. residents died of illicit drug overdoses in the first four months of 2016, up 75 per cent from the 176 deaths in the same January to May period of 2015.

And the proportion of deaths tied to the synthetic drug fentanyl has climbed further to 56 per cent of the 2016 deaths so far, according to the B.C. Coroners Service.

By comparison, 31 per cent of illicit drug deaths in 2015 were linked to fentanyl, used either on its own or knowingly or unknowingly in combination with other drugs.

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