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CN ON: OPED: The Opioid Crisis Is A Health Issue, Not A Criminal

October 17, 2017 - 3:00am
The Record, 17 Oct 2017 - According to the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI), the rate of opioid poisoning hospitalizations has been steadily on the rise with about 13 Canadians a day hospitalized for an opioid overdose in 2014-2015. The over-prescription of opioids such as OxyContin, a painkiller previously thought to have a low potential for addiction, led first to the diversion of legal drugs to the illegal market, and later, to the dramatic expansion of the illegal production of fentanyl.

CN ON: Letter: Torn Over Safe Injection Sites

October 17, 2017 - 3:00am
The Expositor, 17 Oct 2017 - Re: Local safe injection sites urged for drug strategy (Oct. 11) Safe injection sites are being considered for Brantford following the model of Vancouver and, soon, Toronto. I am torn. My first visceral response is why should taxpayer dollars be used to promote drug use. My kinder gentler side (the side that usually wins) says safe injection sites don't legitimize drug use. Instead, they simply provide a safe environment so drug users don't die.

CN ON: Expansion Of Needle Collection Welcome

October 14, 2017 - 3:00am
The Expositor, 14 Oct 2017 - A plan to increase the availability of needle containers in the community is being welcomed by some city residents. "I think it's a good idea," said Tracey Bucci, of the Grand River Environmental Group.

CN NK: N.B. Lagging On Opioid Response: Activists

October 10, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 10 Oct 2017 - Grassroots harm-reduction initiative launched as those on the front lines lament provincial government's boardroom approach Health officials in New Brunswick are taking too long to address the serious and growing opioid problem in the province's two largest cities, say local harm-reduction activists who have launched a grassroots initiative in the face of what they describe as government inaction.

CN ON: Editorial: Get Smarter On Drugs

October 6, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 06 Oct 2017 - The chorus calling on Ottawa to decriminalize possession of all drugs is growing louder and more urgent. The government should listen The chorus calling on Ottawa to rethink its approach to the epidemic of opioid overdoses sweeping this country is growing louder and more urgent. Two new reports issued this week echo a broad consensus among public health experts: decriminalizing the possession of all drugs is crucial if we're going to tackle this crisis.

CN BC: Expert Calls For Drug Decriminalization

October 5, 2017 - 3:00am
Prince George Citizen, 05 Oct 2017 - VANCOUVER - Canada's political leaders must take bold action by joining forces to decriminalize illicit drugs and save lives in the midst of an unprecedented overdose crisis, a leading drug-policy expert says. Donald MacPherson of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's stance on legalizing marijuana to protect youth and stop the flow of profits to organized crime must also apply to drugs that have killed thousands of Canadians.

CN BC: Decriminalize Drugs To Fight Overdoses: Expert

October 5, 2017 - 3:00am
The Record, 05 Oct 2017 - VANCOUVER - Canada's political leaders must take bold action by joining forces to decriminalize illicit drugs and save lives in the midst of an unprecedented overdose crisis, a leading drug-policy expert says. Donald MacPherson of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's stance on legalizing marijuana to protect youth and stop the flow of profits to organized crime must also apply to drugs that have killed thousands of Canadians.

CN ON: Grieving Moms Now Advocates On Opioids Crisis

October 5, 2017 - 3:00am
The Grimsby Lincoln News, 05 Oct 2017 - Mothers galvanize regional politicians with powerful stories of loss of kids to overdoses NIAGARA - Wilma Thompson was hearing about the horrific death toll the opioid crisis sweeping across the country was having, so she pulled her daughter Jaena, age 19, aside last year.

CN ON: Editorial: Grief Turns To Opioid Advocacy

October 5, 2017 - 3:00am
The Grimsby Lincoln News, 05 Oct 2017 - They're still dealing with crushing grief barely contained, but a group of Niagara mothers who lost children in the prime of their lives to overdoses from opioids delivered a powerful message to regional politicians last week on the desperate need to deal with the opioid crisis sweeping like a freight train across the country. The powerful drugs such as fentanyl have left a trail of destruction starting on the West Coast and moving east, with soaring numbers of emergency rooms visits due to overdoses in Ontario now.

CN ON: Grieving Moms Now Advocates On Opioids Crisis

October 5, 2017 - 3:00am
Port Colborne Leader, 05 Oct 2017 - Mothers galvanize regional politicians with powerful stories of loss of kids to overdoses NIAGARA - Wilma Thompson was hearing about the horrific death toll the opioid crisis sweeping across the country was having, so she pulled her daughter Jaena, age 19, aside last year.

Switzerland: Commission Makes Recommendations For Tackling Opioid

October 2, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 02 Oct 2017 - The Global Commission on Drug Policy has issued recommendations on tackling North America's opioid crisis, calling for the immediate expansion of harm reduction services, the decriminalization and regulation of currently illicit drugs and an initiative to allow interested cities to de facto decriminalize as federal debates over drug policy continue. The position paper, to be released on Monday, comes in advance of the final report of the White House opioid commission, led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, due out in November.

CN AB: CP Rail Cutting Off Access To Injection Site

October 1, 2017 - 3:00am
Lethbridge Herald, 01 Oct 2017 - Stafford Drive bridge area being fenced off CP Rail is cutting off access to one of the most active illicit injection sites in the city in the coming months, which could drive up drug use in other areas of the city.

CN ON: Pop-Up Injection Site Gets Mixed Reviews In Lowertown

September 30, 2017 - 3:00am
Ottawa Sun, 30 Sep 2017 - A pop-up injection site on the edge of the ByWard Market is drawing mixed reviews from Lowertown residents, landlords and business owners. An anonymous flyer circulated this week in the area, and shared widely on social media, claims the "unsanctioned and illegal" site operated by Overdose Prevention Ottawa has led to sharp increases in drug dealing, public intoxication, public disorder and discarded needles and other drug paraphernalia littering the downtown streets.

CN ON: Protesters Crowd Into Councillor's Office To Oppose Closing Of

September 30, 2017 - 3:00am
Ottawa Sun, 30 Sep 2017 - 'POP-UP' SAFE INJECTION SITE IN LOWERTOWN People crowd in the reception area for councillors' offices at city hall yesterday to protest councillor Mathieu Fleury suggesting a Lowertown 'pop-up' safe-injection site be removed.

Canada: OPED: Money Alone Can't Solve Ontario's Opioid Crisis

September 29, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 29 Sep 2017 - The Toronto Board of Health has joined the chorus of voices asking the Ontario government to better fight the opioid crisis. This week, the board voted unanimously to recommend the province declare the opioid crisis a provincial emergency. Last month, more than 700 health-care workers across Ontario signed an open letter also requesting Premier Kathleen Wynne declare the opioid crisis a provincial emergency. In response to last month's open letter, Ontario's Health Minister Eric Hoskins resisted declaring an emergency and instead offered a familiar solution: spending more money. The provincial government plans to spend $222-million over three years to hire more harm-reduction workers, expand the supply of naloxone and create more clinics. Following the board of health's vote, Dr. Hoskins doubled down on his refusal to label the opioid crisis an emergency.

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