Kelowna Capital News, 15 Feb 2017 - West Kelowna's new top cop says marijuana dispensaries are illegal...period. At the request of West Kelowna city staff, West Kelowna's new RCMP detachment commander has clarified the force's position related to marijuana dispensaries.
The Northern View, 15 Feb 2017 - Selling marijuana for medical or recreational purposes has been temporarily banned from the city - yet a cannabis clinic that would provide service to North Coast communities still has every intention of moving forward with opening its doors within the year. On Feb. 6, after a public hearing that drew only three vocal residents, Prince Rupert city council passed the zoning bylaw amendment that prohibits the commercial sale and production of marijuana until Jan. 1, 2018.
The Daily Courier, 14 Feb 2017 - West Kelowna council set to consider bylaw that would restrict where medicinal marijuana can be grown, sold It's high time to force the closure of pot shops in downtown Westbank, city and police officials say. A new bylaw intended to curb the proliferation of stores selling so-called medicinal marijuana will be considered today by West Kelowna council.
Globe and Mail, 14 Feb 2017 - Patients who consumed tainted medical marijuana from government-regulated suppliers are questioning how safe the industry is in the wake of several high-profile recalls due to banned pesticides, which have exposed serious gaps in Health Canada's oversight. After a string of recent recalls by Mettrum Ltd., OrganiGram Inc. and Aurora Cannabis Inc. because of the presence of myclobutanil - a banned pesticide that produces hydrogen cyanide when heated - a number of patients told The Globe and Mail they don't see how Health Canada can assure them the product can be trusted. Revelations that the government isn't testing regularly to prove all companies aren't using harmful chemicals have left consumers concerned for their health.
The Peterborough Examiner, 14 Feb 2017 - Last May, Ontario's minister of health, Dr. Eric Hoskins, announced that Ontario would ensure pharmacies dispense Naloxone kits to anyone at risk of an opioid overdose. At last count, seven pharmacies in Peterborough are participating in this attempt to prevent these tragedies from occurring in our communities. People using opioids, whether prescribed or obtained illicitly, or their families and friends, can now get a free rescue drug, Naloxone, to be used in the event of a witnessed overdose. These access points are in addition to the kits that have been available through public health, PARN and Fourcast. But the rescue medication Naloxone, although critical ( just like Epipens are critical to treat anaphylaxis) is not the solution to this opioid crisis that has emerged over the past two decades in Canada. So much more is needed. Canada has one of the highest opioid prescribing rates in the world: four to five times higher than countries like Germany or the UK. Peterborough has the honour of having the sixth highest rate of prescribed opioids in Ontario, where, in 2014-15 almost 2 million Ontarians received a prescription for a narcotic. Almost half of those addicted to opioids report that their introduction to the drug came by way of a prescription for pain for legitimate conditions like broken bones, arthritis or surgery. Although well-intentioned, the proliferation of opioid prescribing for non-malignant and chronic pain that occurred in the 1990s, has had devastating consequences. So much so that now opioid deaths in Ontario hover at about 700 per year, and rival motor ve! hicle collision as a leading cause of accidental death in young adults. Now, one in eight deaths of young adults aged 25-34 are due to opioids.
Globe and Mail, 13 Feb 2017 - As deaths mount, it's time to think the unthinkable and supply users with measured doses of pharmaceutically 'pure' heroin For more than 30 years, until retiring as a physician in Montreal, I cared for and studied people who became infected, sick or died from HIV infection. Now, Canada faces a new epidemic.
London Free Press, 13 Feb 2017 - Volunteers clean up 1,000 discards a year in a city weighing supervised drug injection site. Tom Cull has more than 1,000 reasons - discarded needles - for London to support a supervised drug injection site.
The Calgary Sun, 12 Feb 2017 - The fentanyl crisis in Alberta has been well documented. The harm the drug is doing to Alberta families, schools and communities has become a major public issue in the last two years. It hasn't gone unnoticed by police and political leaders. Alberta's government has added more treatment beds for addicts and victims of overdoses.
Edmonton Sun, 12 Feb 2017 - RCMP report success with naloxone kits While emergency medical personnel respond to the bulk of drug overdose calls, RCMP and municipal police are increasingly drawn into the fray as the opioid crisis continues to take its toll on Alberta.
Globe and Mail, 11 Feb 2017 - Sixteen years after Vancouver formally adopted a 'four pillars' approach to drug strategy, the city - and the province - finds itself in the grip of an overdose crisis, Andrea Woo writes Melody Cooper throws a purple ball across the well-worn grass at the East Vancouver dog park, sending her dog, Squeak, bounding across the field. The Jack Russell-poodle cross is wearing a camouflage coat, pulled taut by a belly that jiggles with each bound.
London Free Press, 11 Feb 2017 - Regarding the article "Set up safe needle site in London, study says" (Feb. 9). If London is going ahead with safe injection sites why do we not get a doctor or nurse practitioner to run it with the goal of weaning these people off the drug?
The Recorder & Times, 11 Feb 2017 - Area OPP constables among those testing equipment measuring drug impairment LONG SAULT - SDG provincial police officers are testing cuttingedge, high-tech equipment that will eventually be used to detect drivers who are under the influence of drugs.
Prince Albert Daily Herald, 11 Feb 2017 - Evert Botha promises his "unwavering support" for the project, and plans to lobby to make it a reality Steps are in motion to bring a safe injection site to Prince Albert, as part of a comprehensive plan for treating infectious disease and drug addiction.
Globe and Mail, 11 Feb 2017 - In these dark days of "say anything" politics it appears that no one is immune - certainly not the 11 people elected to manage the business of Vancouver. Some context: As a reporter, I covered Vancouver City Council for about eight years - from Philip Owen to Larry Campbell to Sam Sullivan and finally to Gregor Robertson. I've watched COPE splinter, the birth of Vision Vancouver and I've seen the NPA be anything but non-partisan.
Toronto Sun, 11 Feb 2017 - Last week, I wrote that unless we use Singapore's solution to hang drug pushers, we will never defeat the opioid epidemic in North America. This week, a strong response from readers. A police officer in a major Canadian city writes, "Thank you for the temerity to write this column. I wonder why we have a law that says a drug is illegal, yet the law supervises injection sites to consume illegal drugs!" He adds, "Unfortunately our law makers do not have the gonads to protect citizens against flagrant abuses. Thanks for your valued columns."
Globe and Mail, 10 Feb 2017 - Mettrum, OrganiGram will now have to regularly test for potentially harmful pesticides in their product Health Canada is adding new terms and conditions to the licences of two federally regulated medical-marijuana companies caught with banned chemicals in their products, requiring them to be tested regularly to ensure they are not using dangerous pesticides that can harm consumers.
The Province, 10 Feb 2017 - I'm offended by provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall's comments about giving drug addicts free drugs. Drug addicts steal to support their habits and we taxpayers, who work hard for our money, and senior citizens who are suffering on low incomes are paying for this. It isn't free, it's our tax money! And, please, I never want to hear that term, "recreational drugs." Nobody should be using unprescribed drugs and if more start dying over it the word might get out that drugs are not the thing to do!
Penticton Herald, 10 Feb 2017 - Dear Editor: Weeks ago a writer from Victoria correctly fingered the BC government as responsible for the escalating drug overdose deaths. Right assessment, wrong reason. The heroin deaths do not result from insufficient support to addicts. Conversely, the deaths result, ultimately, from the ever increasing, if unintended, provincial endorsement of this self-destructive behaviour. The patronizing acceptance of this aberration with the milksop pronouncements by Interior Heath officials and Minister Terry Lake serve only to justify and legitimatize this suicidal behaviour.
Victoria Times-Colonist, 09 Feb 2017 - Re: "Is free heroin the best route?" editorial, Feb. 7. Most certainly. After free needles are provided to citizens with diabetes, everyone gets free legal drugs that are prescribed by physicians, B.C. parks are properly funded, citizens on disability get drugs free, the E&N is fully funded so passenger trains again run, a Malahat bypass is built, highways are properly maintained, ferries are free for everyone who lives on Vancouver Island, etc.
Lethbridge Herald, 09 Feb 2017 - Several initiatives to combat opioid crisis Expanding access to life-saving naloxone to fight fentanyl overdoses across Alberta will save lives, but more still needs to be done to combat the crisis.