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CN ON: Editorial: Action At Last On Opioid Crisis

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 00:00
Hamilton Spectator, 05 Sep 2017 - The sheer magnitude of Ontario's opioid crisis became tragically clear with last week's revelation that 865 people in this province had died after overdosing on one of these powerful drugs in 2016. To put this heartbreaking figure in perspective, consider that in the same year Ontario recorded 206 homicides while motor vehicle collisions claimed 482 lives, which included 96 alcohol-related deaths.
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CN AB: Drug Overdose Support Group Rallies

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 00:00
Fort McMurray Today, 05 Sep 2017 - An opioid crisis is bringing together friends and family members of overdose victims who want to support others going through the same pain. Fort McMurray residents Mari-Lee Paluszak, 55, and Holly Meints, 51, both lost sons to accidental overdoses last year. Both attended Overdose Awareness Day at the Wood Buffalo Regional Library last Thursday to help put a face to the drug overdose problem, and to promote a support group for people suffering the same grief as their own. Their new group, On A Dragonfly's Wings, is meant to provide mutual support for grieving family members of overdose victims.
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CN AB: A Prickly Issue

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 00:00
Edmonton Sun, 03 Sep 2017 - Discarded needles in the spotlight as Edmonton tackles overdose crisis, safe injection sites Cardboard boxes filled with syringes fill every nook and cranny of the Streetworks office at Boyle Street Community Services.
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CN AB: Experts Overwhelmed

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 00:00
Edmonton Sun, 03 Sep 2017 - Chief medical examiner's office pores over deaths in opioid fight EDMONTON - In the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner each morning, medical examiners, investigators, and morgue staff divide the stack of files containing unexplained deaths that have come in from the night before.
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CN ON: Pot Protester Strips Down To His Legal Briefs

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 00:00
London Free Press, 02 Sep 2017 - A Cambridge man is resorting to partial nudity to get his bong and medical marijuana back from local police. Wearing nothing but socks, running shoes and a pair of brightly coloured briefs, 31-year-old Jeffrey Shaver has been protesting sporadically outside the Kitchener courthouse and various police stations in the region for two weeks while smoking a bong.
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CN ON: Pot Chain Chief Faces N.s. Drug, Weapon Counts

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 00:00
London Free Press, 02 Sep 2017 - An East Coast entrepreneur who is wanted by London police faces 10 drug and weapons charges in his home province after police raided five marijuana dispensaries there. London police issued an arrest warrant for Malachy McMeekin, of Cole Harbour, N.S., after raiding five pot shops in March.
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CN NS: Search Warrants Executed At Three Medical Marijuana

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 00:00
Truro Daily News, 02 Sep 2017 - RCMP officers raided three medical marijuana dispensaries in Bible Hill Friday afternoon. Sgt. Duane Cooper told the Truro Daily News that search warrants were executed at about 3 p.m. at Re-Leaf Medical Dispensary, 197 Pictou Rd., Community Compassion Centre, 274 Pictou Rd., and at the Maritime Medicinal Centre, 27 Main Street.
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CN ON: Column: High Time For New Fix To Opioid Crisis

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 00:00
North Bay Nugget, 02 Sep 2017 - There are a lot of very smart people in North Bay. It would be interesting to see if the bright lights here can find an opportunity hiding in the weeds to solve the opioid crisis. And I'm not referring to emergency funding injections or quick-fix policy.
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Canada: Column: Narcos Continues Its Brilliant Epic About The Drug

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 00:00
Globe and Mail, 02 Sep 2017 - The point of Narcos was never Pablo Escobar. For its first two seasons the series rooted itself firmly in the rise and fall of Escobar, the most notorious of maniacal drug kingpins, and a performance by Wagner Moura as Escobar was as emphatic as it gets. But Narcos was always planned as a vast epic about the drug trade - what fuels it, who runs it and how every lame attempt to curb it goes awry. Two years ago when I spoke with Jose Padilha, the Brazilian director, producer and screenwriter who is an executive producer on Narcos, he said it's about, "What cocaine is - it's cheap to make, it's a natural product and it makes the human brain go haywire. The American approach to dealing with the cocaine problem is basically fighting cocaine by fighting supply. So yeah, you wage war on the Medellin Cartel. You kill Pablo Escobar. And then it goes to Cali. Then you wage war on Cali. And then it moves on and then it goes to Mexico. It's always there."
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CN ON: U Of O Student Leaders Can't Carry Naloxone For Orientation

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 00:00
Globe and Mail, 02 Sep 2017 - Student leaders running the University of Ottawa's orientation week events won't be allowed to administer the opioid antidote naloxone in the event of an overdose because of liability concerns if the injection were to go wrong. Hadi Wess, president of the undergraduate student union that runs the events, said the group initially planned to have about 100 student leaders carry naloxone kits to combat any overdoses that could occur during the parties and events that get under way over the long weekend. The measure was to prepare for the possibility that substances such as the deadly opioid fentanyl could be mixed with other drugs that might be consumed.
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CN ON: Naloxone Outlawed At University's Orientation Events

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 00:00
Hamilton Spectator, 02 Sep 2017 - Student leaders running the University of Ottawa's orientation week events won't be allowed to administer the opioid antidote naloxone in the event of an overdose because of liability concerns if the injection were to go wrong. Hadi Wess, president of the undergraduate student union that runs the events, said the group initially planned to have about 100 student leaders carry naloxone kits to combat any overdoses that could occur during the parties and events that get underway over the long weekend.
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CN ON: Up Against Overdose

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 00:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 01 Sep 2017 - Awareness day: City police station flags lowered to remember those lost to drugs, alcohol Everyone has a role in battling the stigma that can be even more damaging to addicts than drugs themselves, the medical officer of health said as city police hosted an event to mark International Overdose Awareness Day on Thursday.
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CN BC: Cannabis Co-Op Coming To Kootenays

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 00:00
Nelson Star, 01 Sep 2017 - Initiative aims to keep industry jobs local Todd Veri dreams of fields of marijuana. The Kaslo farmer was reading a government report on cannabis legalization last year when he noted that there were plans to allow outdoor operations - which he's already perfectly set up for.
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US: Christie to Trump: 'It's Time' For Opioid Declaration

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 00:00
Herald News, 29 Aug 2017 - Gov. Chris Christie is growing impatient with the Trump administration over its delay in declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency. Christie said during an interview with MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes on Tuesday night that too many lives are being lost to drug overdoses for a formal declaration to wait any longer.
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US AZ: Huffed And Puffed AG Sessions' Marijuana Crackdown Fizzles

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 00:00
Tucson Weekly, 31 Aug 2017 - It looks like Attorney General Jeff Sessions has run into some problems in his crusade against the marijuana. While the new Department of Justice administration has long been mounting pressure against the marijuana industry, the latest suggestion from the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety is to, well, do nothing. The subcommittee was announced months ago and tasked with developing a legal avenue for Session's marijuana crackdown. However, the Associated Press reported the group "has come up with no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney general's aggressively anti-marijuana views."
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CN NS: Tasty Budds Store Searched By Police

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 00:00
Metro, 30 Aug 2017 - Four arrested by officers in Cole Harbour dispensary One day after Tasty Budds reopened its five Nova Scotia locations following police raids last week, one of them has again been searched by police.
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CN BC: 5 Things B.C. Could Do Right Now To Curb Overdoses

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 00:00
Metro, 31 Aug 2017 - Thursday is International Overdose Awareness Day, and Metro looks at just a few of the ideas to end an ongoing epidemic that's on track to kill 1,560 British Columbians in 2017. 1. Artisanal opiates?
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CN MB: Weed Worries

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 00:00
Winnipeg Sun, 30 Aug 2017 - Residents have serious concerns about people driving after using pot Half of Manitoba adults believe driving while high is the same as or worse than driving drunk, according to a new Probe Research poll.
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US: Sessions: Drug Overdoses Are 'The Top Lethal Issue' In The U.S.

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 00:00
Chicago Tribune, 29 Aug 2017 - Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called drug overdose deaths "the top lethal issue" in the U.S. and urged law enforcement and social workers to "create and foster a culture that's hostile to drug use." Sessions spoke to the annual conference of the National Alliance For Drug Endangered Children. He said preliminary data show nearly 60,000 overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2016, the highest ever.
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US OH: Ohio Records 4,050 Drug Deaths Last Year, Up 33 Percent Over

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 00:00
Columbus Dispatch, 30 Aug 2017 - More state spending, legislation and debate on Ohio's drug crisis don't appear to have made a dent as the statewide death toll from accidental drug overdoses soared last year to 4,050, a 33-percent jump over 2015. Fentanyl, the deadly opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin, is increasingly to blame for overdose deaths, with fentanyl and its derivatives accounting for 58.2 percent of the deaths, up from 37.9 percent in 2015. There were 3,050 overdose deaths in 2015.
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