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CN BC: B.C. Poised To Open New Supervised Drug-Use Sites

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 20 Jul 2016 - A steep and steady climb in the number of drug overdoses has put increased pressure on health authorities in British Columbia to open additional spaces for users to consume illicit substances under medical supervision. Fatal drug overdoses have increased almost every year since 2009, spiking with the emergence of illicit fentanyl in 2012. Advocates have long called for more supervised-consumption sites - particularly in the Fraser Valley and on Vancouver Island.
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CN BC: Drug Use Sites Part Of Strategy On Overdoses

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 07:00
Surrey Leader, 20 Jul 2016 - Fraser Health will quickly identify priority sites for supervised drug consumption as part of a broader strategy to contain a surge in illicit drug overdoses. Surrey is certain to be one of the proposed locations, but health authority officials aren't yet saying if they will also propose sites in other drug-troubled downtowns such as Langley City, Maple Ridge and Abbotsford.
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Canada: Ithaca Mayor Talks Drug Strategy, Supervised-Injection

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 18 Jul 2016 - Svante Myrick, the young mayor of Ithaca, N.Y., made international headlines earlier this year when he backed a drug strategy that included the opening of a supervised-injection site. While two such facilities have existed in Vancouver for more than 13 years - and Toronto recently approved three - supervised consumption remains a controversial idea for many in North America. If approved, Ithaca's could be the first of its kind in the United States. The Globe and Mail spoke with Mr. Myrick, who recently visited Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, where he toured the Insite supervised-injection site; the Providence Crosstown Clinic, where drug users who were part of a clinical trial receive prescription heroin; and other social-service providers.
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US CA: Overdose Nation: Opioid Epidemic Rampant, Claiming

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 07:00
Chico Enterprise-Record, 17 Jul 2016 - About this series The nation is in the midst of a prescription opioid and heroin overdose epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 44 people in the U.S. die every day from an overdose of prescription painkillers alone.
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US MA: Life And Loss On Methadone Mile

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 17 Jul 2016 - Last night's needles line the sidewalks at dawn along the blighted blocks where Massachusetts Avenue and Southampton Street meet. People emerge from shelters and halfway houses and trudge toward the methadone clinics that lend this place its ugly nickname. An open-air drug market is in full swing on the corner outside a convenience store, where offers of drugs trill like music. "Clonidines-Clonidines-Clonidines-Clonidines!" "Does anybody need Xani Bars?" Phenergans, Pins, Johnnies? A man grimaces one chilly morning, unsteady on his feet. He opens his mouth to reveal a knotted bag of heroin, double-wrapped and ready to be swallowed should police wade into the crowd. "This is all I have left," he says.
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US NY: A Street Drug's Sudden Popularity Tests the Authorities

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 16 Jul 2016 - The police raids around a gritty Brooklyn intersection were meant to show that city officials were taking charge after 33 people had been stricken by suspected overdoses of K2. But the spectacle, captured by a crush of news media, came up all but empty, without a single packet of the drug seized. The outcome of the attempted crackdown underscored the challenges the authorities face in combating K2, a potent substance that is easy to distribute and hard to regulate. Its low price and powerful high have made it popular among some homeless people, and its effects have periodically transformed patches of the city - like the one on the border of Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant where the raids were carried out - into theaters of public drug use.
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CN ON: Council Oks Inject Sites

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 15 Jul 2016 - Vote 36 to 3 in Favour of Three Toronto Locations Councillors said yes, in a big way, to creating three safe injection sites. The sites, often deemed controversial, sailed through Thursday's council meeting with a 36-3 vote in favour.
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CN ON: Council Supports Three Safe Injection Sites

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 15 Jul 2016 - Planned supervised locations for intravenous drug users could be operational in 2017 Toronto city council has given its resounding support to the opening of three supervised injection sites for intravenous drug users.
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CN ON: Column: Supervised-Injection Vote's Civility A Rare Credit To

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 15 Jul 2016 - Toronto City Council voted 36-3 on Thursday in favour of setting up three supervised injection sites for drug users. That in itself was remarkable, an overwhelming mandate for a program that often runs into heavy community and political opposition. What was even more remarkable was how it happened. In a city with a recent history of divisive quarrels, in which evidence is the first casualty, this was a civilized, deliberate, rational debate that ended with a sensible, fact-based decision. In Toronto, that is something worth applauding.
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CN BC: Crystal Meth, Heroin Use On Par: Survey

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 15 Jul 2016 - Drug users report highest-ever rate of stimulant's use in study's history, which suggests need for change to harm-reduction resources Crystal methamphetamine use has climbed across British Columbia and is now on par with heroin use, according to a new provincewide survey of drug users.
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Chronicle AM: Congress Passes Opioid Bill, RI Gov Signs PTSD Bill, MT Init Qualifies, More... (7/14/16)

Harm Reduction (STDW) - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 20:34

Governors use their bill-signing pens in Rhode Island and North Carolina, a new poll has surprisingly strong support for marijuana legalization in Wisconsin, Montanans will vote on medical marijuana in November, and more.

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Wisconsin Poll Has Strong Majority for Marijuana Legalization. A Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday has a whopping 59% support for freeing the weed in the Badger State. The poll question asked whether pot should be "fully legalized and treated like alcohol." The level of support is up dramatically from September 2014, when voters asked a similar (but not identical) question about legalization only gave it 46% support.

Medical Marijuana

Montana Medical Marijuana Initiative Qualifies for the Ballot. An initiative aimed at reestablishing the state's medical marijuana system has qualified for the November ballot, state officials said Wednesday. The I-182 initiative would reverse restrictions imposed by the legislature in 2011 and, after lengthy court challenges, set to go into effect on August 31. Voters had approved the state's medical marijuana system in 2004.

Rhode Island Governor Signs Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana for PTSD. Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) Wednesday signed into law a bill that will allow medical marijuana to be recommended for the treatment of PTSD symptoms.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

Congress Passes Major Heroin and Opioids Bill, But Doesn't Adequately Fund It. The Senate voted Wednesday to send opioid legislation known as the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) to President Obama for his signature. The House voted last week 407-5 to approve CARA. The bill advances a large number of treatment and prevention measures intended to reduce prescription opioid and heroin misuse, including evidence-based interventions for the treatment of opioid and heroin addiction and prevention of overdose deaths. This bill, however, does not provide federal funding. Republican leadership have maintained that opioid funding must be appropriated through regular order and have repeatedly pledged to fund the programs authorized in CARA this year. Advocates urge Congress to deliver on this promise.

Harm Reduction

North Carolina Governor Signs Bill to Allow Needle Exchanges. Gov. Mike McCrory (R) Monday signed into law House Bill 972, which authorizes the operation of needle exchange programs by local governments.

International

Indian MP Calls for Legalization of Recreational Drugs. MP Dr. Dharamvira Ghandi said Wednesday he is crafting an amendment to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act to legalize recreational drugs. Gandhi has been working with Delhi-based lawyers and professionals on a draft of the bill. He says drug prohibition has failed. "Punitive measures to combat the supply of drugs failed miserably, as demand for drugs had exhibited an exponential growth, leading to creation of drug mafias that provided continuous supplies, regardless of the harshest provisions for punishment," he said. "It has dawned upon countries worldwide that by decriminalizing certain substances that pose minimal health risks, and by following harm reduction policies, the demand for harmful and killing medical drugs had dropped drastically, along with the offences committed. Certain Indian states are currently facing a massive drug problem, with citizens between 15-40 years of age abusing drugs, and this has caused considerable harm to society in general, and the youth in particular."

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CN BC: Needle Nightmare

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 07:00
The Now, 14 Jul 2016 - Every day, hundreds of discarded needles are picked up from Whalley streets, many of them just steps from City Hall. Now, a downtown business group is offering up fresh solutions. On one side of the street, children glide up and down on their skateboards at Chuck Bailey skate park. Their laughter fills the air.
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US OR: Taking The LEAD

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 07:00
Portland Mercury, 14 Jul 2016 - Cops and Prosecutors Are Embracing a Radical Idea: Not Filing Drug Possession Cases HERE'S THE DEAL: People are using drugs in this city, despite decades of law enforcement's best efforts. That fight has landed thousands of people in jail and prison-far too many of them people of color. It's created hardships for Portlanders who need jobs and a place to stay, but find that a criminal record has closed the door to those things. It's led to tensions between police and communities of color that are playing out-vividly, tragically-every day around the country.
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CN ON: Bat-Wielding 'Hero' Slammed By Critics

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 07:00
London Free Press, 13 Jul 2016 - Anti-homeless activist says business owner's actions 'not a solution' to addiction problem Some are hailing him as a vigilant hero, but others say he may be setting a dangerous precedent. A viral video of a bat-wielding London business owner chasing off two men allegedly injecting drugs in broad daylight on a downtown street has triggered a debate about addiction issues in the city.
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CN ON: 'How Can We Make Fun Safe?'

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Sat, 07/09/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 09 Jul 2016 - Groups work to reduce drug overdoses, sex assaults during summer festivals With the summer festival season in full blast, there's a dark side to the fun in the sun. One local service agency is helping festival-goers who use drugs avoid the deadly mistakes that have killed people in Ottawa and across Canada by offering low-tech checking kits.
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CN ON: Overdose Deaths High Among Ex-Inmates

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 07:00
The Record, 07 Jul 2016 - Rate 12 Times That of Public Among Newly Released, Study Finds TORONTO - Inmates of Ontario correctional facilities are 12 times more likely than the general public to die of a drug overdose within the first year following their release from incarceration, say researchers, who believe concrete interventions are needed to reduce these preventable deaths.
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Thailand: OPED: Confronting The 'Meth Monster'

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 07:00
Bangkok Post, 07 Jul 2016 - Thai experts have rightly commented on the value of treatment and health-centred approaches. While it may always be best to be prudent when commenting on the domestic affairs of another country, there are times when issues become far too important to stand silently by and politely observe such custom - the current debate on laws governing methamphetamine use in Thailand is one of those occasions.
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CN ON: Editorial: Do The Right Thing

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 06 Jul 2016 - Toronto city councillors should approve three injection sites Toronto city council has a simple decision to make next week - whether to approve three supervised injection sites. It should do the right thing and move ahead with a project that could save hundreds of lives.
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Chronicle AM: CA Init Officially Prop 64, NJ Gov Vetoes Needle Exchange Expansion, More... (7/5/16)

Harm Reduction (STDW) - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 20:48

The California marijuana legalization initiative now has an official ballot number, the Arizona marijuana legalization initiative has lots of money, Chris Christie vetoes funding for needle exchange expansion in New Jersey, and more.

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Arizona Legalization Campaign Flush With Cash. The Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol handed in 100,000 more signatures than needed to qualify its initiative for the ballot last week, and it looks to have the money to campaign for it through November. Campaign finance reports filed last Friday show that the campaign has raised more than $2.2 million, with most of it coming from the Marijuana Policy Project. Anti-legalization forces operating as Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, have raised about $690,000, less than a third as much as the legalization forces.

California's Legalization Initiative Will be Proposition 64 on the November Ballot. After some weekend confusion thanks to conflicting reports from the Secretary of State's office, the matter is settled: The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) initiative will appear on the ballot as Proposition 64.

Even in Conservative San Diego County, Legalization Has Majority Support. A new San Diego Union-Tribune poll has support for marijuana legalization at 56% in the county, home to military bases and retirees. Two-thirds (67%) of Democrats supported legalization, but only 38% of Republicans did.

Medical Marijuana

Dispensaries Will Generate Millions for Hawaii, New Report Says. The Aloha State finally got around to allowing dispensaries to operate this year, and now a report from the Hawaii Dispensary Alliance says they could generate between $12 million and $38 million in revenues in their first year in operation. That figure could grow to as much as $80 million by 2018, the group said, citing an anticipated increase in patient numbers.

Harm Reduction

New Jersey Governor Uses Line Item Veto to Kill Needle Exchange Expansion. Gov. Chris Christie (R) resorted to the line item veto to eliminate funding for the expansion of needle exchange programs. Lawmakers in both houses had approved the expansion, but Christie cut the funding for it that was contained in the budget bill sent to him last week. Advocates still hope Christie will sign the needle exchange expansion bill, but how it would be funded remains an open question.

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CN ON: One Step Closer To Supervised Injection Sites

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 05 Jul 2016 - Board of health unanimously approves three locations The loudest voices advocating for supervised injection sites in Toronto in a committee room at city hall on Monday were those who could not be there in person.
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