Charlotte Observer, 12 Jan 2017 - Willie Nelson wants his friend Loretta Lynn, who recently revealed that she tried marijuana for the first time at the age of 84 for her glaucoma but didn't like it, to give pot a second chance. "She's got a lot of guts," Nelson said during a recent interview with The Associated Press in Nashville, Tennessee. "She'll try anything. Maybe I should help her."
Globe and Mail, 10 Jan 2017 - The Ontario government has agreed to help fund three supervised drug-injection sites in Toronto and one in Ottawa as part of an effort to better prepare Canada's most populous province for the eastward spread of illicit fentanyl. Ontario said it is creating a framework to smooth the way for other communities to open supervised-consumption services of their own, while the federal Liberals have promised to knock down legislative barriers erected by Stephen Harper's government, which opposed letting users inject their drugs legally as health-care workers watched.
Globe and Mail, 10 Jan 2017 - State-run Chinese media have expressed skepticism that the country is a key source of fentanyl, despite an agreement with the RCMP that was seen as a tacit admission of China's role in fuelling the unfolding overdose crisis in Canada. A Globe and Mail investigation last year revealed how fentanyl is manufactured in China and how easily it is shipped to Canada, and border officials here have intercepted dozens of such shipments.
Toronto Star, 08 Jan 2017 - No city in the country would want to be in Vancouver's shoes right now. The municipality is in the midst of an illicit-drug-overdose epidemic that killed 128 people in November alone - an average of more than four deaths a day. Indeed, in the first 11 months of last year, the overdose crisis was responsible for 755 deaths, up 70 per cent from the same period in 2015, with some addicts actually overdosing multiple times a day.
Hamilton Spectator, 06 Jan 2017 - DARTMOUTH, N.S. - What if Walter White was a Mennonite? "Pure," which premieres Monday at 9 p.m. on CBC-TV, is based on actual accounts of Mennonites acting as drug mules. Various reports suggest some members were smuggling cocaine and marijuana into Canada all the way from Mexico by hiding drugs in hollowed-out car batteries and wheels of cheese.
Toronto Star, 06 Jan 2017 - Toronto officials don't know why B.C.'s deadly fentanyl crisis has not yet spread to the city, but they're aiming to ensure it never does. On Monday, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Toronto's acting medical officer of health, will chair the first in a series of monthly gatherings in a joint effort to prevent any spike in overdoses involving fentanyl and other illicit opioid drugs.
Philadelphia Daily News, 06 Jan 2017 - It's an uphill battle [photo] (John Dole / Scripps Research Institute) Kim Janda of the Scripps Research Institute is shown in front of a board that depicts molecule drawings of heroin and cocaine, with the structures of vaccines that potentially could target those two drugs shown beneath.
Globe and Mail, 05 Jan 2017 - With the fentanyl crisis at a breaking point in B.C., Mayor Tory is not waiting for a disaster in the city before taking action When news broke that British Columbia had suffered its worst-ever month for illicit-drug overdose deaths in November, Toronto's mayor contacted his Vancouver counterpart to offer help, as he would have if the West Coast city had experienced a "natural disaster."
Philadelphia Daily News, 05 Jan 2017 - Recent headlines tell it all: "9 dead from apparent heroin ODs over weekend in Kensington area"; "Medical examiner: Philly overdose surge may have killed 35 over 5 days"; "New Jersey's overdose nightmare hits a new peak"; and "Growth in the use of opioids is fueling a nationwide epidemic of deaths from drug overdose". Heroin mixed with fentanyl - or heroin alone - may be responsible for this surge in overdoses. In the past, Philadelphia typically had three overdoses a day and they were not all fatal. Last June, the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office confirmed nearly 700 drug-related deaths in 2015, twice as many deaths as there were from homicides. At the current rate, 2016 will end with even more.
The Daily Courier, 04 Jan 2017 - Teaching in a large urban secondary school of 3,000 grade 8-12s in the early 1970s, I knew we had several students with a serious drug problem. We knew who they were and the school did what it could, but it was a losing proposition. Later, as an administrator in that same school and still later as a superintendent in a different school district, I knew some students had serious drug problems.
Daily Mail, 03 Jan 2017 - I've only just started! Filipino President Duterte's bloody war on drugs has claimed 6,000 lives and seen 900,000 addicts surrender in just six months -- as he claims his country is now safer for normal people * The Philippines government has claimed it is winning the war on drugs after a brutal crackdown on dealing
Baltimore Sun, 03 Jan 2017 - The "kingpin" of drug trafficking organization was sentenced to 25 years in prison, prosecutors say. The "kingpin" of a drug trafficking organization that operated throughout the Baltimore region was sentenced to more than two decades in prison on drug-related charges in Baltimore County, authorities said.
The Walrus, 01 Jan 2017 - How a renowned Canadian feminist popularized our racist war on drugs Detective Joe Ricci and his partner, Alex Sinclair, were out on a routine bust in Vancouver's Chinatown. It was 1916, and Ricci and Sinclair were front-line officers in the war on opium. The drug had been criminalized in Canada eight years earlier through the introduction of the Western world's earliest drug prohibition law, and the Vancouver police department had been chasing down traffickers ever since. Ricci was a familiar sight in the neighbourhood. He had made such a big arrest in 1913 that for days after, the Vancouver Daily World reported, "not a light [was] to be seen and the ringing noise of the chuck-a-luck dice [had] stopped." But the gamblers and the opium smokers were soon back, and Ricci was out patrolling the streets again.
Washington Post, 31 Dec 2016 - Drug-overdose deaths surged to new levels in Maryland during the first nine months of 2016, far surpassing the total for all of the previous year as fatalities related to heroin and fentanyl use increased sharply. The state health department reported Thursday that the number of overdose deaths for January through September climbed to 1,468, a 62aE percent jump compared with the same period in 2015, and the sixth straight year that the figure has risen.
Hartford Courant, 31 Dec 2016 - A New London man guilty of selling heroin that was believed to have caused a fatal overdose was sentenced Monday to 34 months in prison, federal officials said. Rudy Hernandez, 43, pleaded guilty in July to distribution of heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. He also faces three years of supervised release.
Vancouver Courier, 29 Dec 2016 - As this year draws to a close, I'm willing to bet that 12 months ago most of us had never even heard of the synthetic opioid fentanyl. The drug was developed in 1959 and has been often used in the form of a patch to relieve severe pain experienced by cancer patients.
Knoxville News-Sentinel, 29 Dec 2016 - Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan speaks as the Regional Forensic Center released its 2010-2015 Drug-related Death Report for Knox And Anderson Counties Monday, August 15, 2016 in the small assembly room at the City-County Building. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL) Dr. Amy Hawes, assistant medical examiner, explains a portion of the Regional Forensic Center's 2010-2015 Drug-related Death Report for Knox And Anderson Counties on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, in the Small Assembly Room at the City County Building. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)
Surrey Leader, 28 Dec 2016 - Doug Nickerson is never without a naloxone kit, which he says he has used 113 times He walks Surrey's notorious strip in Whalley, always carrying a naloxone kit. Having being saved five times from the life-saving naloxone, Doug Nickerson now puts it to use for others he sees on Surrey's most battle worn street.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 26 Dec 2016 - The 44-year-old mother who answered the door in Lincoln-Lemington on the evening of Dec. 15 had the "pin point" eyes of "someone who has recently used opioids," a Pittsburgh police officer wrote. The officer was responding to a 911 call suggesting child endangerment. "I do suffer from using heroin and I'm trying to stop, but I keep using," the woman admitted, according to the officer's affidavit. She led police to the makeup bag under the throw pillow, where they found six stamp bags of heroin and three hypodermic needles, the officer wrote.
The Altus Times, 26 Dec 2016 - BEIJING -- U.S. assertions that China is the top source of the synthetic opioids that have killed thousands of drug users in the U.S. and Canada are unsubstantiated, Chinese officials told the Associated Press. Both the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy point to China as North America's main source of fentanyl, related drugs and the chemicals used to make them.