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Canada: Tattoo, Needle Programs In Prisons Could Curb Hep C: Memo

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Free Press, 20 Feb 2018 - OTTAWA - Setting up tattoo parlours and needle-exchange programs in penitentiaries would help reduce the spread of hepatitis C, the federal prison service has told the Trudeau government. A Correctional Service memo obtained under the Access to Information Act advises Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to round out existing and planned measures to fight hepatitis and HIV in prison.

Canada: Editorial: It's Time For An All-Out War On Fentanyl

February 17, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 17 Feb 2018 - Earlier this month, front-line health workers in Toronto raised the possibility that part of the city's cocaine supply may be tainted with fentanyl, after a handful of drug overdoses were connected to users unknowingly consuming the deadly opioid while smoking crack. This dismal scenario is common in Canada. Across the country, illicit drugs are being cut with the synthetic painkiller - which is up to 50 times more potent than heroin - because it is cheap and powerful and saves dealers money. During a month-long period in the summer of 2016, 86 per cent of the street drugs tested at Vancouver's supervised injection sitewere laced with fentanyl.

CN ON: Aids Network Proposes First Injection Site

February 17, 2018 - 3:00am
Hamilton Spectator, 17 Feb 2018 - The AIDS Network is putting itself forward to run Hamilton's first supervised injectionsite at its downtown Effort Square location. The AIDS service organization is preparing proposals to the provincial and federal governments for a permanent site where people can inject illegal drugs under the watchful eye of trained staff without fear of arrest.

CN ON: SIU Refuses To Change Naloxone Rules

February 16, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 16 Feb 2018 - Watchdog stands firm on requirement it be notified in cases involving the drug Ontario's police watchdog is pushing back at chiefs for suggesting their officers might hesitate to provide the life-saving drug naloxone out of fear that it could prompt an investigation by the civilian agency.

US PA: Column: Does Anyone Care That 'Safe Injection Sites' Are

February 16, 2018 - 3:00am
Philadelphia Daily News, 16 Feb 2018 - Thank you, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, for giving me cover so I don't wind up being painted as the "worst person in the world," the label Keith Olbermann used on his TV show to hang on people he didn't like. I have been silent as the opioid epidemic raged because I had no clear-cut solution. The debate currently swirls around the idea of city-approved "safe injection sites," more formally known as CUES -- comprehensive user engagement sites.

US PA: Column: Time For The Hard Sell On Safe Injection Sites

February 13, 2018 - 3:00am
Philadelphia Daily News, 13 Feb 2018 - Three weeks ago, after Philadelphia announced that it would encourage the opening of a safe injection site, I praised the decision as a bold kind of leadership. It showed that the city was stepping on the national stage in the middle of a life-and-death catastrophe. I still think that. Now the city has to sell it.

CN ON: London To Open Temporary Supervised Drug-Use Site

February 12, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 12 Feb 2018 - Provincial plan aims to fill gap for communities waiting on permanent services for opioid crisis A temporary supervised drug use site will open its doors in London, Ont., Monday - the first of what is expected to be many under a new provincial emergency-response program that will fill the gap for communities waiting on permanent sites.

Canada: Column: When It Comes To Harm Reduction, City Council Gets It

February 12, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 12 Feb 2018 - Councillors might still squabble over budgets, but no one questions the fact that the opioid crisis must be solved Mark Tyndall stood before Vancouver City Council at a recent meeting to proselytize for his latest harm-reduction scheme: vending machines to dispense opioids to drug users.

CN ON: Health Unit Offers Secure Needle Disposal

February 10, 2018 - 3:00am
The Simcoe Reformer, 10 Feb 2018 - The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit has expanded its harm-reduction strategy related to intravenous drug users. With opioid addiction an increasing problem in the local area and elsewhere, the health unit has set up three 24-hour disposal sites where users can dispose of old needles.

CN ON: Overdose Preventions Site Opens Monday

February 10, 2018 - 3:00am
London Free Press, 10 Feb 2018 - Ontario's first legal drugoverdose prevention site opens Monday in London. The site, temporary while the search continues for a permanent site, will be located at 186 King St. The site is part of the health unit's response to the opioid crisis sweeping Canada, whose toll ran to nearly 1,500 people in the first half of last year alone.

CN ON: OPED: Prevention Needs To Be Key In Fighting Drug Abuse

February 10, 2018 - 3:00am
The Record, 10 Feb 2018 - Fentanyl. The drug is one that most people never even heard of until a few years ago. Now it strikes fear into the hearts of public health officials, youth workers, parents and others. A few grains of fentanyl, often mixed with another recreational drug without the user's knowledge, can cause death within minutes. It has caused thousands of overdose deaths in Canada and tens of thousands in the U.S., and those numbers are rising rapidly. How have we dealt with this crisis? The primary strategy has been to supply naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of fentanyl, as widely as possible to police officers, health care providers and others who are likely to encounter people who have overdosed. The use of naloxone is a "harm reduction strategy", intended to reduce the negative consequences of using fentanyl, and it has saved many lives. But it is not enough. Overdose deaths from fentanyl continue to increase even after widespread distribution of naloxone kits. We desperately need another strategy. But what kind of strategy would work?

US MA: Editorial: The First Step To Treatment Is Staying Alive

February 9, 2018 - 3:00am
Boston Globe, 09 Feb 2018 - Drug treatment can't help dead people. That's why San Francisco is scheduled to open two safe injection sites later this year, where drug users will be allowed to shoot up under medical supervision. If an addict overdoses, trained staff will be available to revive them with an overdose antidote like naloxone, commonly known as Narcan. Staffers can also recommend treatment options to those interested.

CN ON: Drug Awareness Week Offers A Chance To Talk

February 7, 2018 - 3:00am
The Peterborough Examiner, 07 Feb 2018 - After three years of addressing substance abuse issues while patrolling local high schools, city police community services officer Const. Andy Hatton said he has learned more about how important the lines of communication are between parents and their children. Drug Awareness Week continues until Friday and city police and health care and public health partners point out it's a ideal time to have serious conversations about the topic.

US CA: San Francisco Announces Plans To Open Safe Injection Sites

February 6, 2018 - 3:00am
Philadelphia Daily News, 06 Feb 2018 - Officials in San Francisco said Tuesday they will open two safe injection sites this summer, joining Philadelphia and Seattle on the list of American cities that are planning to open sites where people in addiction can use drugs under medical supervision and be revived if they overdose. The announcement comes three weeks after Philadelphia officials announced their own plans to open a site here. Like Philadelphia's, the San Francisco site will be funded privately. And also like Philadelphia, the funding sources aren't yet clear, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. City officials there said they were working with "six to eight nonprofits that already operate needle exchanges and offer other drug addiction services." Two will host the first safe injection sites, and will likely open in July, officials said.

CN ON: Public Health Handing Out More Naloxone Kits

February 3, 2018 - 3:00am
Hamilton Spectator, 03 Feb 2018 - 453 people were revived 'from the brink of death' in 2017, Hamilton city officials hear More than one-quarter of naloxone kits distributed through Hamilton Public Health last year were used to revive someone from an overdose.

US PA: Oped: How Can I Supervise Heroin Injections And Live With

February 2, 2018 - 3:00am
Philadelphia Daily News, 02 Feb 2018 - A Philly nurse on safe injection sites "You want me to do what?" "Where's your compassion?" "What a waste of resources!" "I have an obligation to help people stay healthy." These are conflicting responses I imagine nurses and health-care professionals may have when asked to provide care at safe injection sites, places where people can use drugs under medical supervision. There aren't any such sites right now. But the City of Philadelphia announced that it will encourage setting them up. Should health-care professionals participate? It's a dilemma wrought with ethical, moral, legal, and regulatory issues and more questions than answers. As a nurse, I can understand and appreciate both sides.

CN ON: Region Looks For Improvement On Needle Disposal

February 1, 2018 - 3:00am
The Record, 01 Feb 2018 - WATERLOO REGION - Regional councillors thanked the public health department for its harm reduction efforts, but said more needs to be done to ensure used needles aren't ending up in public spaces. "I do appreciate the efforts of public health," Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig said at a council meeting on Tuesday. "But we still have a problem."

CN BC: Vancouver Blazes Psychedelic Research Trail

February 1, 2018 - 3:00am
The Georgia Straight, 01 Feb 2018 - Decades after Canada abandoned the field, the B.C. Centre on Substance Use is investigating the benefits of drugs like MDMA and psilocybin In 2011, Gerald Thomas was invited to an Indigenous community in a remote area of British Columbia. Working for the Centre for Addictions Research of B.C., he was one of a small team of scientists who observed 12 people take ayahuasca, an Amazonian mixture that induces vivid visual and auditory hallucinations as well as deep emotional and intellectual reflection.

CN BC: Overdose Toll 150 In Valley Last Year

February 1, 2018 - 3:00am
The Daily Courier, 01 Feb 2018 - Health official says region needs to be able to treat more drug users With the second highest rate of illicit drug overdose deaths in the province last year, the overdose crisis in the Okanagan remains concerning and distressing, says chief medical health officer Trevor Corneil.

CN ON: City Examines Injection Site

January 31, 2018 - 3:00am
Sudbury Star, 31 Jan 2018 - Committee to look at report next week Sudbury could become home to a safe injection site. The community services committee will hear next week about the prospect of undertaking a feasibility study for a site, which will cost $150,000 to $200,000. Council is being asked to endorse the report.