The Daily Courier, 21 Nov 2016 - To the editor: An addiction is requiring or needing something urgently on a regular basis. Tobacco, booze and other chemicals are an example. Then, the next question is: how do we become addicted? Some become addicted after a serious injury, etc. after a doctor has prescribed a chemical to ease their pain or discomfort.
The Daily Courier, 21 Nov 2016 - To the editor: Canada is experiencing a serious opioid epidemic. While it has only recently been in the headlines, there has been a growing trend toward misuse and illegal use of opioid prescriptions in the last few years, a trend nurses across Canada have seen first-hand. Whether or not people obtain these drugs by prescription, the difficulty of withdrawing from them is having a serious impact on our universal and publicly funded health system.
The Record, 21 Nov 2016 - OTTAWA - The federal government is eyeing a number of legislative changes to address Canada's opioid crisis, Health Minister Jane Philpott said Saturday at the conclusion of a summit examining the issue. The federal government is actively trying to turn the tide of the crisis, Philpott added, noting it will require a whole-of-government approach.
Hamilton Spectator, 21 Nov 2016 - The city has found a funding partner to help study if Hamilton should offer supervised injection sites for drug users. A report that goes to councillors this week says the anticipated $250,000 cost of a study can be cut to around $90,000 thanks to a proposed partnership with a health program and institute at McMaster University.
The Province, 21 Nov 2016 - Re: Fentanyl crisis, 622 dead, Nov. 17 Sixty people per month are dying from drug overdoses. My heart goes out to their relatives and friends, but I do not believe that the government or anyone else can halt these horrifying numbers.
Toronto Star, 21 Nov 2016 - Canadians have one of the highest rates of prescription opioid use in the world - five times higher than in the U.K., for example. This is a tragedy because we don't do any better at reducing chronic pain - just at creating addiction and an epidemic of overdose death. Many reasons have caused this, including the influence and marketing tactics of the pharmaceutical industry, the willingness of Canadian insurers to pay for drugs like OxyContin, as well as mistaken assumptions about opioids by prescribers and dispensers.
The Daily Courier, 21 Nov 2016 - There was a frank exchange of views on the subject of drug addiction after Friday's column about two addicts' outlook on the issue. As in: "Fire this writer at once. Thanks for stigmatizing this population which you clearly have zero understanding of." "Heartless." One writer credited me with some intelligence, "but it was a bit hidden today."
Penticton Herald, 21 Nov 2016 - Dear Editor: The federal government legalized euthanasia up against the backdrop of a rash of suicides on First Nations reserves and at a time when there was (and still is) no national suicide strategy or national palliative care strategy in place. Now, while people are dying by the hundreds from an epidemic of opioid drug use, the federal government marches on with their plan to legalize marijuana.
Penticton Herald, 21 Nov 2016 - There was a frank exchange of views on the subject of drug addiction after Friday's column about two addicts' outlook on the issue. As in: "Fire this writer at once. Thanks for stigmatizing this population which you clearly have zero understanding of." "Heartless." One writer credited me with some intelligence, "but it was a bit hidden today."
Toronto Star, 20 Nov 2016 - Minister says legislation on way to combat rising addiction, death rates OTTAWA- The federal government is eyeing a number of legislative changes to address Canada's opioid crisis, Health Minister Jane Philpott said Saturday at the conclusion of a summit examining the issue.
Winnipeg Sun, 20 Nov 2016 - Opioid conference misses point, advocate says A policy to address the latest opioids crisis at a Health Canada conference in Ottawa does not go far enough, or fast enough, to prevent future deaths, an advocate says.
Truro Daily News, 19 Nov 2016 - Mandatory roadside screening and oral fluid testing for drugs should become law before the federal government proceeds with legalizing marijuana, a spokesperson for MADD Cobequid says. "This is something that has to take place before the decriminalization is put in place," newly elected president Kay Foster-Alfred said during a public meeting Thursday evening. "This is going to be happening and we have to be ready for it."
Winnipeg Free Press, 19 Nov 2016 - Politicians, policy-makers discuss ways to prevent overdoses OTTAWA - As people continue to die from overdoses, health experts, policy-makers and grief-stricken family members brainstormed Friday on a battle plan to take on Canada's opioid-abuse epidemic.
Victoria Times-Colonist, 19 Nov 2016 - I'm a 61-year-old "addict enabler" with more than 300 years of addiction exposure among family and friends. I believe harm reduction policies further damage hard drug users. Whether heroin, cocaine, meth, or "medical" marijuana (that topic needs another letter), all levels of government actively support the illicit drug industry. The city and province likely can't afford to eradicate hard street drugs because addiction and its related services and products is very big business here, employing many. Truly, neither the addict, nor community at large is protected.
Brampton Guardian, 18 Nov 2016 - A Brampton councillor wants the city to clamp down on licensed marijuana grow operations in residential neighbourhoods. "Even though there are legal marijuana grow operations happening in residential communities, the municipality has no legislative authority to inspect them for safety and compliance," said Regional Coun. Gael Miles.
London Free Press, 18 Nov 2016 - Bundle overdose-fighting naloxone with opioid prescriptions to save lives, area health unit urges It's been proven to be the most effective weapon in the fight to prevent deaths from opioid overdose, a major killer in Ontario.
Prince George Citizen, 17 Nov 2016 - Re: George Getty letter, entitled "Tough on drugs." While your emotionless concern over these fentanyl related deaths was noted, you offered no real solution besides chastising the users and their parenting.
Metro, 17 Nov 2016 - Remember the old "gateway drug" theory that marijuana leads to harder drugs like cocaine or meth? Now researchers at the University of British Columbia believe the idea might actually work in reverse.
The Chatham Daily News, 17 Nov 2016 - Device can be used for surveillance, chief says The Chatham-Kent Police Service expects to have a new tool in place. Three years after police chief Gary Conn raised the idea of purchasing a drone, approval was granted at Tuesday's meeting of the Chatham-Kent Police Services Board.
The Peterborough Examiner, 15 Nov 2016 - It no longer sells marijuana, but Cannabis Culture reopened Saturday to sell drug paraphernalia with an aim of becoming a community hub for pot smokers. The chain store at 282 George St. N, drew long lineups of recreational and medicinal smokers after opening as a marijuana dispensary in September before being shuttered following a pair of police raids, first on Sept. 15 and then on Sept. 29.