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CN MB: OPED: Opioid Crisis A Health Issue, Not A Criminal One

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 20 Oct 2017 - ACCORDING to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the rate of opioid poisoning hospitalizations has been steadily on the rise, with approximately 13 Canadians a day hospitalized for an opioid overdose in 2014-15. What began with 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. As the horror stories of addiction and death have multiplied, it is now clear that what was once a medical issue is now a population health crisis.
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CN SN: Injection Site Plan Draws Support

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:00
Prince Albert Daily Herald, 20 Oct 2017 - Clinical coordinator at Vancouver's largest supervised injection site says P.A. should open similar facility Prince Albert should open a safe injection site before a bad situation gets worse, says a senior staff member from Canada's first legal facility for injecting drugs.
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CN ON: Opioid Strategy In Works To Curb ODs In Sarnia-Lambton

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:00
The Observer, 20 Oct 2017 - Health unit getting up to $150,000 to reduce opioid-caused harm in Sarnia-Lambton Police, health agencies, school boards and others, spurred by the opioid crisis, have joined up to craft a strategy aimed at preventing overdose deaths in Sarnia-Lambton.
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Chronicle AM: Washington SIJs Win Court Ruling, Houston DA Goes Deep on Reform, More.. (10/19/17)

Harm Reduction (STDW) - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 20:10

Hemp farming comes a step closer in Wisconsin, safe injection sites win a court battle in suburban Seattle, Houston's DA is proving to be a real criminal justice reformer, and more.

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Wisconsin Hemp Bill Advances. The Senate Agriculture Committee unanimously approved an industrial hemp bill Wednesday. The measure, Senate Bill 119, would create state licenses for farmers seeking to grow hemp. Plants could not contain more than 1% THC. The bill is now ready for a Senate floor vote.

Bail Reform

New Mexico Governor Wants to Roll Back Bail Reform. Voters last year approved a constitutional amendment that aimed to ensure that low-level, non-violent offenders did not rot in jail awaiting trial, but now Gov. Susana Martinez (R) wants to repeal it. While lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have concerns about how the courts are implementing reform, actually repealing it would be a long shot.

Drug Policy

Houston DA Lays Out Reform Agenda. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg on Tuesday laid out plans for what she called "more diversion, less jail" for people struggling with drug use or mental illness. Ogg released eight reports based on her transition team's recommendations, around everything from police shootings to bail reform to equality in justice to diversion, and more. Ogg has already enacted a marijuana diversion program and ended the prosecution of cases where only trace amounts of drugs are found. But she's ready to go deeper.

Harm Reduction

Washington State Judge Rules in Favor of Safe Injection Sites. King County Superior Court Judge Veronica Alicea-Galvan ruled Monday that a NIMBY initiative aimed at blocking a site in suburban Seattle "interferes with the duties and obligations of the Health Board and County Council." If upheld, the ruling would kill the initiative, which is currently set for a February vote, but foes vow to appeal the ruling.

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CN AB: Consumption Site Approved For Lethbridge

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:00
Lethbridge Herald, 19 Oct 2017 - Health Canada approved the first few supervised consumption facilities in Alberta on Wednesday, including a site in downtown Lethbridge. ARCHES and Edmonton-based coalition AMSISE received an exemption from federal drug legislation, allowing them to operate supervised consumption sites.
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CN ON: Training Offered To Deal With Substance Abuse

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 18 Oct 2017 - Peterborough Drug Strategy is holding a new set of training sessions this fall to support the work of professionals in aid-driven fields. PDS's Question of Care training program is offering a first-stage trauma treatment workshop and a dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) skills workshop.
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