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CN ON: Drug Divides Responders

December 23, 2017 - 3:00am
London Free Press, 23 Dec 2017 - Liability issues make area police, firefighters wary of administering opioid overdose antidote Naloxone for all? Not so fast. The province's newly-announced plan to equip front-line police officers and firefighters with the potentially lifesaving opioid overdose antidote free-of-charge isn't without its drawbacks, critics say - and emergency responders across Southwestern Ontario are divided on how to handle it.

CN BC: Vancouver's Overdose Crisis, One Year Later

December 22, 2017 - 3:00am
Metro, 22 Dec 2017 - New tools are helping - but more needs to be done December 2016 is seared into the memory of people who live or work with people from the Downtown Eastside, the epicentre of B.C.'s opioid overdose crisis.

CN AB: Tackling Drugs, Terror And Hate

December 21, 2017 - 3:00am
Metro, 21 Dec 2017 - TACKLING DRUGS, TERROR AND HATE The head of Edmonton's Police Service looks ahead to 2018 with skepticism around supervised consumption sites, Edmonton Police Service Chief Rod Knecht says police have had a good but "extremely busy" year. Metro asked him about some of the year's biggest stories and what to expect in 2018. The interview has been edited for space.

US: Report: 'Substantial' Hepatitis C Infection Increase Tied To

December 21, 2017 - 3:00am
Knoxville News-Sentinel, 21 Dec 2017 - The United States' overall rate of hepatitis C infection more than doubled from 2004 to 2014 -- and among people under 40, it increased by 300 to 400 percent. The reason for the jump? Transmission through injecting opioid drugs, said a report published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health.

CN ON: City Shooting For Quick OD-Prevention Site

December 20, 2017 - 3:00am
London Free Press, 20 Dec 2017 - In the wake of a deadly opioid drug crisis that's killed hundreds in Ontario, London health officials are fast-tracking a pop-up, - -overdose-prevention site they want to have up and running by January. The stripped-down version of a supervised consumption site will give drug users a safer environment to inject. The location of the site, or the total number if there is more than one, hasn't been pinned down. But the plan is to have at least one as early as possible in 2018.

CN ON: Peer-Based Program Aims To Reduce Unsafe Needle Disposal

December 19, 2017 - 3:00am
The Record, 19 Dec 2017 - CAMBRIDGE - An innovative new peer-based pilot project will be launched in Cambridge early next year with the aim of curbing improper needle disposal in the community. The project is a partnership between Region of Waterloo Public Health, which will provide funding, Sanguen Health Centre and the City of Cambridge.

Canada: Data Highlight Canada's 'Serious And Growing' Opioid Crisis

December 19, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 19 Dec 2017 - Canada is on pace to lose more than 4,000 people to opioid-related deaths this year - with about one-third of them in British Columbia, according to new figures from the Public Health Agency of Canada. The grim update was in a national report the federal government released on Monday. The report described the country's opioid crisis as "serious and growing," devastating families and communities nationwide.

CN ON: Police Chief Larkin Reflects On 2017

December 18, 2017 - 3:00am
The Record, 18 Dec 2017 - 'A year of growth … year of finding our feet' WATERLOO REGION - When police chief Bryan Larkin talks about harm reduction and being more humane with the drug user, he gets pushback. When he suggests supervised injection sites may be an alternative to help users take their drugs safely and the site will save lives, he gets pushback.

CN ON: Cleanup

December 18, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Sun, 18 Dec 2017 - Where have all the dirty needles gone? Mayor's efforts have made a difference This past Thursday, on a wickedly cold afternoon, I combed the same Yonge-Dundas Sts.-area alleyways where dirty needles have proliferated, particularly since the opening of Toronto's first harm-reduction site.

US PA: Organ Donations From Fatal Drug Overdoses Double

December 16, 2017 - 3:00am
Philadelphia Daily News, 16 Dec 2017 - LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Charles Grugan's drug addiction took a toll on his family. They tried to help him, but on Oct. 12, 2011, Grugan 33, overdosed on heroin. He never recovered. While on life support in a regional hospital, doctors approached his family and showed them his driver's license.

US MD: Kratom: An Old Plant Sparks A New Challenge

December 16, 2017 - 3:00am
Baltimore Sun, 16 Dec 2017 - When Anne Arundel police seized 158 grams of kratom, a plant from Southeast Asia used medicinally for centuries, it was the first time it was seized in a county investigation, according to police. Officers arrested Michaela Elizabeth Gran, 21, and Chase Seven Gran, 23, both of Glen Burnie, on Tuesday after they said the two were found with small amounts of narcotics as well as the 158 grams of kratom. Its seizure caused some confusion, as the drug is legal in Maryland and can be bought for $1 for a pill-sized capsule in local smoke shops. That, and how many people have ever heard of kratom?

CN ON: 'I Am Tired Of Having To Go To Funerals'

December 12, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 12 Dec 2017 - Fighting back tears, Olympia Lynn Trypis stood in the rotunda of city hall and begged for better services for drug users, to save her life and the lives of her friends. "In the last two years I've lost three of my really close friends and I am tired of having to go to funerals and not celebrating more birthdays. These people were beautiful souls," said Trypis, 22, speaking to a crowd who had marched to city hall in memory of people lost to drug overdoses, or contaminated drugs.

CN ON: Backers Give Injection Site Search Shot In Arm

December 11, 2017 - 3:00am
London Free Press, 11 Dec 2017 - It'll be months before London finds out if it gets the go-ahead and funding for supervised drug injection sites, but it appears key players already are walking in unison to support the sites, but restrict where they can locate. The area's medical officer of health, a key city planner and an advocate for the downtrodden all express some confidence there will be suitable sites sufficiently far from schools and other places frequented by children.

CN ON: Editorial: More Can Be Done To Stop Carnage

December 10, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 10 Dec 2017 - Just how horrific Ontario's opioid crisis has become came into sharp focus this past week with the release of timely new data from Ontario's chief coroner, Dirk Huyer. Sadly, from May to July of this year, there were 336 opioid-related deaths in the province, up from 201 in that same period last year. That represents a staggering 68-per-cent increase.

CN ON: Safe Injection Site Sought

December 9, 2017 - 3:00am
Kingston Whig-Standard, 09 Dec 2017 - Currently, some of the city's drug users have set up supervised sites in their own homes Contamination of the street drug supply with substances such as fentanyl has forced some of the city's drug users to set up their own supervised consumption sites in their homes.

CN ON: The Cost Of Addiction

December 9, 2017 - 3:00am
Sudbury Star, 09 Dec 2017 - Community Drug Strategy steps up efforts to combat opioid crisis Some 52 people were admitted to hospitals in the Sudbury area in the past six months due to drug overdose, official say. Members of Sudbury's Community Drug Strategy also said Friday they have had preliminary discussions about the need for an overdose prevention site in the city.

CN BC: More Needles Found At School

December 8, 2017 - 3:00am
Penticton Western, 08 Dec 2017 - Like all parents, Nadine Remington wants to know her nine-year-old son is safe while on school property. But, the increasing problem of drug use on school property after hours is heightening fears for her and other parents.

CN ON: Cambridge Residents Urge Region To Put The Brakes On Safe

December 7, 2017 - 3:00am
Cambridge Times, 07 Dec 2017 - Cambridge resident Cindy Watson wants the Region of Waterloo to put the brakes on the proposed use of safe injection sites. During the region's community services committee Tuesday, Watson spoke in front of councillors asking them to think hard before moving forward with safe injection sites.

CN ON: Region Gathers To Battle Opioid Crisis

December 7, 2017 - 3:00am
Cambridge Times, 07 Dec 2017 - While regional councillors have heard bits and pieces about the opioid response in the region, they heard it from the horse's mouth on Tuesday. Members from various regional and community groups spoke before council in a public meeting to encourage a broad understanding of the complex issue.

CN ON: City Backs Downtown Supervised Injection Site

December 5, 2017 - 3:00am
Hamilton Spectator, 05 Dec 2017 - Two community agencies on hand to lend support for initiative which is expected to be paid for by province The city has endorsed a supervised injection site for downtown Hamilton but it's up to a community agency to step up to run such a facility.

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