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CN ON: Column: Opioid crisis in Peterborough: Overdose Prevention

March 13, 2018 - 3:00am
The Peterborough Examiner, 13 Mar 2018 - In 2018 we find ourselves battling an opioid crisis that has been years in the making. Opioids are drugs that act on the nervous system to relieve pain and were originally derived from opium but now also include synthetic preparations. In the mid-1990s, their use by physicians was heavily promoted by the pharmaceutical industry, leading to greater prescribing for both acute and chronic pain. Patients using opioids can develop a dependency or addiction.

CN AB: Column: Getting Drugs Off Streets Requires A Team Effort

March 12, 2018 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 12 Mar 2018 - Last week there were two rallies organized to address the opioid crisis - one in the city and the other on the Blood Reserve. On Monday night, I attended the Community in Crisis March that started at City Hall and ended with a candlelight vigil at Galt Gardens. Several very touching speeches were given by citizens who have been impacted by the opioid crisis and are determined to fight back. Our Mayor and local MLA Maria Fitzpatrick also provided remarks echoing the sentiment that this crisis sees no boundaries - it does not discriminate. They also reaffirmed we must continue with harm reduction efforts and band together as communities.

Canada: Column: Does Naloxone Really Save Lives?

March 10, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 10 Mar 2018 - The life-saving drug may actually increase opioid abuse. Here's why My friendly local pharmacy has started selling naloxone kits to the general public. They think everyone should have one. The idea is that you never know when you're going to have someone overdose in your home.

CN ON: Moss Park Harm-Reduction Volunteers Staying Put

March 10, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 10 Mar 2018 - More supervised injection sites planned as opioid-overdose numbers skyrocket The construction trailer that houses the illegal, volunteer-run overdose prevention site in Toronto's Moss Park is about to open for another evening, as a dozen drug users, some clearly anxious for their fix, cluster around its muddy entrance in the cold.

CN ON: Opioid-Related Deaths In Hamilton Surge In One Year

March 10, 2018 - 3:00am
Hamilton Spectator, 10 Mar 2018 - City's fatality rate is now nearly double Ontario average, fuelling more concern Opioid-related deaths in Hamilton have soared more than 80 per cent in one year. From January to October, 75 Hamilton residents died from an opioid overdose in 2017 compared to 41 during the same period the year before.

CN AB: Police Witness Suffering On Front Lines Of Battle Against

March 8, 2018 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 08 Mar 2018 - DOWNTOWN UNIT HAS AIDED USERS SUFFERING FROM OVERDOSE The sheer volume of human suffering has been increasing exponentially in recent months as a new and deadly wave of opioids scythes through local drug users and addicts, says Const. Ryan Darroch, a 15-year veteran of the Lethbridge Police Service, and a beat cop with the downtown policing unit.

CN ON: No Downside To A Supervised Injection Site, Says Ex-Addict

March 8, 2018 - 3:00am
The Record, 08 Mar 2018 - John Lavergne believes a safe injection site will help save lives KITCHENER - John Lavergne lost eight friends last year. All of them died of an opioid overdose. Six of them were in Waterloo Region. Three of them hadn't used in months and had a relapse. They couldn't tell their partners, friends or families they were using again.

CN ON: London's Anti-OD Site Saves Two Lives

March 5, 2018 - 3:00am
London Free Press, 05 Mar 2018 - Two people using fentanyl at London's temporary overdose prevention site on the weekend were resuscitated by a nurse after they overdosed, Middlesex-London's medical officer of health says. "These people were inexperienced, and fentanyl is a drug where it's easy to miscalculate how much you are taking. If this had happened in a back alley or stairwell somewhere, it could have easily resulted in death," Dr. Chris Mackie said Sunday.

CN ON: Editorial: Waterloo Region Should Open Safe Injection Sites

March 3, 2018 - 3:00am
The Record, 03 Mar 2018 - An emergency situation demands an emergency response. When people are trapped in a burning house or wrecked car, the priority should be getting them out alive first, and then worrying about damaged property or blocked roadways.

CN ON: Numbers Increase At OD-Prevention Site

March 2, 2018 - 3:00am
London Free Press, 02 Mar 2018 - Nearly three weeks in, London's temporary overdose-prevention site - the first of its kind in the province - has gone from four drug users a day to 44, and front-line workers are beaming. The stripped-down supervised consumption facility opened Feb. 12, a quick, co-ordinated response to the growing number of opioid overdoses among London drug users. As of Tuesday, staff were seeing as many as 44 clients a day.

CN ON: Region Looking Into 3 Safe Injection Sites Locations Not

March 1, 2018 - 3:00am
The Record, 01 Mar 2018 - WATERLOO REGION - Waterloo Region plans to look further into pursuing three supervised injection sites, following a study that found a need and support in the community for the service to combat fatal opioid overdoses. Sites are proposed for the central cores of Kitchener and Galt, and a third spot to be determined that could be a mobile unit.

CN AB: Kenney Opposes Consumption Sites

March 1, 2018 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 01 Mar 2018 - United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney said he would be opposed to expanding Safe Consumption Sites across the province if elected premier. "Helping addicts inject poison into their bodies is not a solution to the problem of addiction," he said bluntly while visiting Lethbridge on Wednesday.

CN AB: Lethbridge OD Spike Watched Closely In The Hat

March 1, 2018 - 3:00am
Medicine Hat News, 01 Mar 2018 - The significant spike in illicit drug overdoses in Lethbridge has not reached Medicine Hat - yet. There is no way to predict that it will or when, said Insp. Tim McGough, Medicine Hat Police Service.

CN AB: Column: Consumption Site Is A Logical Step In Drug Fight

February 26, 2018 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 26 Feb 2018 - SITE OPENS THIS WEEK, AMID LINGERING QUESTIONS FROM GENERAL PUBLIC This week marks a historic first for the City of Lethbridge. The Supervised Consumption Site (SCS) will open its doors and will be the first of its kind in North America to offer all four modes of consumption - ingestion/oral, injection, intra-nasal/snorting and inhalation. Despite this milestone, it's fair to say the facility has been met with mixed reviews, including people who have come to me to "blame" the police service for letting it happen. This not only demonstrates a narrow view of Canada and our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but a failure to understand the role of the police in social-political decisions that are driven by municipal , provincial and federal officials and the mandate they support.

CN ON: Toronto Police Opt To Supply Officers With Naloxone

February 23, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 23 Feb 2018 - As a national opioid crisis wages on, Toronto police have decided to equip their downtown frontline officers with the opioid antidote naloxone. "This is about life and death, and that's what we signed up to do," Chief Mark Saunders told the Toronto Police Services Board at their meeting Thursday.

CN ON: Ellis Defends New Pot Law

February 22, 2018 - 3:00am
The Intelligencer, 22 Feb 2018 - Liberal MP says he wasn't thrilled about it at first, but changed his views Cannabis was on the menu at the Belleville & District Chamber of Commerce's monthly breakfast Wednesday at the Travelodge Hotel, and Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis was pushing it - from a business point of view.

CN BC: Drug Laws Kill: Advocates

February 21, 2018 - 3:00am
Metro, 21 Feb 2018 - Demonstrators demand change to federal drug policies Around 200 drug users and advocates took to Vancouver's streets Tuesday, demanding changes to the federal government's drug policies. In a national day of action, co-ordinated with cities across Canada, demonstrators from the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs (CAPUD), the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) and other groups marched through Vancouver's Downtown Eastside from Victory Square to the B.C. courts building at Hornby and Smithe St.

CN ON: 'It Is Just Not Slowing Down'

February 21, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 21 Feb 2018 - Rally in response to the opioid crisis hears tales of loss and 'burnt out' workers Kim Pare said his family did everything they could to help their bright and beautiful daughter, but in the end she couldn't fight the illness of addiction.

CN NS: Reducing The Risks NHCS Doing Its Part To Combat Opioid

February 21, 2018 - 3:00am
Truro Daily News, 21 Feb 2018 - Harm reduction is more than a job for Karen Kittilsen Levine. Reducing the numbers of people dying from opioid addiction and blood-borne disease is something she's determined to do. "We began doing outreach in Pictou County on November 1 and have more than 40 clients, and we're beginning outreach in Amherst within a few days," said Kittilsen Levine, who is the harm reduction coordinator for the Northern Healthy Connections Society.

Canada: Column: We Should Treat Heroin Like Other Prescription Drugs

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 20 Feb 2018 - Every morning, Kevin Thompson takes a short stroll from his apartment to the Crosstown Clinic, where he signs in, gets his prescription medicine, then sits in a small room and injects it before heading off to work. He follows this routine up to three times a day and has done so virtually every day for more than a dozen years.