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CN ON: Opioid Crisis Is Here Too

December 4, 2017 - 3:00am
The Sun Times, 04 Dec 2017 - Ontario is in the middle of an opioid crisis, Grey Bruce Health Unit program director Lynda Bumstead and Hope Grey Bruce member Dave Roy told Brockton council. Bumstead said one person dies every 10 hours in Ontario from an opioid overdose. In 2016, there were eight deaths in Grey Bruce linked to opioid overdose.

CN ON: Editorial: Safe-Injection Site Makes Sense For Hamilton

December 2, 2017 - 3:00am
Hamilton Spectator, 02 Dec 2017 - Facing the reality that Hamilton needs at least one supervised injection site is not pleasant. In an ideal world, such a thing might not be needed. People with drug addictions would get counselling and support to break their addiction. Until then, they could ingest drugs in a safe and clean environment.

CN BC: As Overdoses Mount, Prompt Warnings Are Crucial

December 2, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 02 Dec 2017 - Lessons are still being digested after a lethal batch of opioids in October put emergency workers to the test The first warning came mid-afternoon on a Thursday in late October, from a client at a downtown Victoria HIV/AIDS and harm-reduction facility.

CN ON: Change For Drug Group

December 2, 2017 - 3:00am
The Sun Times, 02 Dec 2017 - Grey-Bruce task force expands mandate from mostly meth to other drugs, substances The Grey Bruce Task Force on Crystal Meth and Other Drugs is expanding its mandate. As part of the expansion, the group, which involves a network of over 30 local partners, has changed its name to the Community Drug and Alcohol Strategy.

CN ON: 'It's Not A One-Person Job'

December 1, 2017 - 3:00am
The Expositor, 01 Dec 2017 - First co-ordinator of drugs strategy says community role key to success As the first co-ordinator of a plan to address local drug use, Lacey DaSilva knows she has been handed a weighty task. The Brantford-Brant Community Drugs Strategy, officially launched earlier this month, sets out goals to delay or prevent substance abuse and keep those already using safe and healthy.

CN ON: Edu: Column: There's Major Dough In Dope A How Should The

November 27, 2017 - 3:00am
The Varsity, 27 Nov 2017 - To effectively combat substance abuse, marijuana tax funds should primarily be invested in prevention and education On November 10, the Canadian federal government announced an excise tax plan that will be implemented when marijuana is legalized next summer. The plan proposed an excise tax of $1 per gram, or 10 per cent of the producer's sale price, with the higher amount of the two being charged.

CN MB: Series: Part 2 Shattering The Stigma - Michael Bricey Johnson

November 26, 2017 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Sun, 26 Nov 2017 - SHATTERING THE STIGMA - MICHAEL & BRICEY JOHNSON When the police came to Lois Fridfinnson's door and told her that her son, Michael Johnson, died from a methadone overdose, she fell to the floor. She thought that would be the worst day of her life.

CN AB: Editorial: Drug Addiction Should Be Health Issue, Not Criminal

November 25, 2017 - 3:00am
Medicine Hat News, 25 Nov 2017 - Canada is currently in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis. The two most western provinces and territories - British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories - have been hit especially hard, likely due to their relative proximity to China, where much of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl is produced.

CN ON: Board Weighs Putting Naloxone Kits In Every School

November 24, 2017 - 3:00am
The Record, 24 Nov 2017 - WATERLOO REGION - The public school board is considering stocking every school with an emergency kit to fight drug overdoses, at the cost of $119,000 per year. Kits contain the medication naloxone. By injection or nasal spray, it temporarily reverses the effects of an overdose of an opioid drug such as fentanyl or heroin.

CN ON: Supervised Injection Site Eyed For Downtown Core

November 23, 2017 - 3:00am
Hamilton Spectator, 23 Nov 2017 - Mayor backs scheme, says time to get it out of alleyways and off railway lands A decision on whether to authorize a supervised injection site in Hamilton's core is expected to be made Dec. 4 by the Board of Health.

CN NS: Safe Needle Disposal Program Open To All

November 23, 2017 - 3:00am
Cape Breton Post, 23 Nov 2017 - Most pharmacies won't ask what needles are used for Used needles or other sharps never have to be discarded in bottles, garbage or public spaces because of the Safe Sharps Bring-Back Program. The Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia (PANS) administers the program for residential sharps users. Although it is not intended for people who use intravenous drugs, most pharmacies won't ask what the needles are being used for.

CN BC: Housing Part Of Opioid Crisis Solution

November 22, 2017 - 3:00am
Richmond News, 22 Nov 2017 - Best-selling author Johann Hari weighs in on B.C. housing and opioid crises Graeme Wood / Richmond News Adequate, affordable housing - not a misguided, unscientific and subjective approach to drug criminalization - is the cornerstone of preventing and overcoming drug addiction.

CN BC: Column: B.C. Liquor Stores Best To Deal Cannabis

November 21, 2017 - 3:00am
The Daily Courier, 21 Nov 2017 - It's late afternoon and you receive a text message: 'Friends coming for dinner. Please pick up wine.' You pull into the neighbourhood liquor store, pick up a bottle of your favourite wine and head home. A familiar scene taking place across the province every day. When you go into your local liquor store, you have confidence knowing that you're buying a quality product in a secure environment, with stores conveniently located in every community across the province.

CN ON: Hug-A-Drug Addict

November 21, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Sun, 21 Nov 2017 - Users fed their poisons - but safely - in public park It's the perfect setup for hard-core addicts. There's a special tent for crack smokers.

CN ON: Obstacles Are Hindering First Nation's Drug Fight

November 20, 2017 - 3:00am
Northern News, 20 Nov 2017 - The chief of Attawapiskat First Nation has solutions for the illegal drug trade in his community - but he's coming up against "frustrating " roadblocks. Ignace Gull said Thursday that Attawapiskat is dealing with Canada Post, the Northwest Company and the Ministry of Transport (which owns the airport) to stop the flow of drugs.

CN MB: Editorial: Add Weed To The Birds And Bees 'Talk'

November 15, 2017 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Free Press, 15 Nov 2017 - A GENERATION of Canadians who grew up with the "Just Say No" anti-drug messaging of the 1980s will find themselves in uncharted waters next summer. As of July 1, 2018, marijuana will be legal, which will radically change a lot of things - including, significantly, how we talk to our kids about it.

CN BC: B.C. Expands Street-Drug Testing Program

November 11, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 11 Nov 2017 - Province widens availability of device for detecting the presence of fentanyl; medical health officer says lives will be saved British Columbia has expanded a program allowing people to check their street drugs for fentanyl before using, becoming the first jurisdiction in Canada to facilitate the experimental testing on a wide scale.

CN YK: Pro-Cannabis Respondents Smoke Dissidents

November 10, 2017 - 3:00am
Whitehorse Star, 10 Nov 2017 - A significant majority of Yukoners are behind the federal government's plan to legalize marijuana for recreational use A significant majority of Yukoners are behind the federal government's plan to legalize marijuana for recreational use and believe it's acceptable to occasionally use the drug for exactly that reason.

CN BC: Fentanyl Task Force Plans Community Conversation

November 10, 2017 - 3:00am
Nelson Star, 10 Nov 2017 - The event will feature stories from the front lines Nelson's Fentanyl Task Force is set to host Growing Hope: A Community Conversation on the Current Fentanyl Crisis at Nelson's Hume Hotel on Nov. 22. The discussion will feature health care professionals, emergency responders, educators and community leaders across the West Kootenay.

CN ON: OPED: How Canada Can Properly Deal With The Opioid Crisis

November 7, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 07 Nov 2017 - Canada's response to the opioid crisis has been fragmented and marginally effective at best. We deserve a better approach, and the answers are out there. Other countries are effectively dealing with the issue and Canada should be more open to learning from them. There are several key steps we can take to ensure Canadians with addiction can lead healthier, happier and more productive lives. First, we need to recognize this is actually a crisis. Do you remember SARS and how it impacted every Canadian with a focused response from our public health teams? Forty-four Canadians died from SARS. How about AIDS at its peak in 1995? We all were aware of the crisis and as Canadians we worked together diligently to help. That year about 1,400 people died from AIDS. Compare this to over 2,400 Canadians dying from opioid overdoses in 2016 and the number likely to double in 2017.