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CN ON: Column: Crushing High Hopes

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 06 Nov 2017 - Years ago, when Justin Trudeau stepped onto a platform in a Vancouver park and proclaimed through a cloud of sweet-smelling haze that a federal Liberal government would legalize marijuana, there was much excitement within the cannabis community. With last week's announcement by Trudeau's provincial Liberal cousins, the realities of draconian regulation in Ontario have resulted in the crushing disappointment of those long-forgotten high hopes.
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CN ON: Ontario Gives Drug-Use Site A Heated Tent

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 03 Nov 2017 - Structure is meant to be temporary solution as temperatures drop, while Toronto officials race to get indoor location approved Toronto's illegal, activist-run overdose-prevention site in the city's Moss Park now has the use of an insulated, heated, military-style medical tent, complete with a generator - all courtesy of the provincial government.
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CN ON: Province To Open Moss Park Injection Site

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 02 Nov 2017 - Government will work with harm-reduction workers operating pop-up site Ontario is dispatching its Emergency Medical Assistance Team to set up a tent in Moss Park to provide a heated and insulated space for safe injections.
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CN ON: Ottawa Urged To Expedite Approval For Drug-Use Site

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 02 Nov 2017 - The City of Toronto and the province are asking the federal Minister of Health for the "immediate approval" of a proposed indoor supervised drug-use site at an east-end homeless centre where an illegal outdoor site has been operating for months. In a letter to Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor dated Oct. 31, Toronto Mayor John Tory and Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins say the illegal site, set up in Moss Park near Sherbourne Street and Queen Street East, has saved many lives since it was launched in August by reversing overdoses in a neighbourhood that had been hit by an increase in such deaths.
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CN BC: Harm-Reduction History Revealed In New Book

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 07:00
The Georgia Straight, 02 Nov 2017 - Here in Vancouver, it's tempting to praise ourselves for our forward-thinking approaches to illicit drug use. We're home to Insite, the first supervised-injection facility in North America, the success of which paved the way for Health Canada to start approving prospective supervised-injection sites in other cities across the country this year. We're also home to the first and only prescription heroin program on the continent, which has proven how life-changing it can be for a person entrenched in opiate addiction to have access to a clean, regulated supply of drugs. But Vancouver's Downtown Eastside remains the epicentre of a provincewide overdose crisis that has killed a record-breaking 1,013 British Columbians through the first eight months of this year. That put us on track to exceed 1,500 overdose deaths by the end of 2017. "That's hard to even comprehend," says Travis Lupick, a reporter with the Georgia Straight. His first book, about Vancouver's history of drug-user activism and its new growth in the U.S., is out November 1 through Arsenal Pulp Press.
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CN BC: SFU Prof Criticizes Unfair Bail

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 01 Nov 2017 - Conditions can push people to commit crimes: Study Releasing people on bail on the condition they do not go to the Downtown Eastside sets them up for failure, according to research from three Canadian universities.
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CN BC: Report Slams Court-Imposed 'Red Zones' On Offenders

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 01 Nov 2017 - When Lisa was released on bail, following an arrest for possession for the purpose of trafficking, British Columbia's Provincial Court ordered the Downtown Eastside resident to stay away from the busy hub of Hastings Street. But she says that condition, that she stay away from the street where she was arrested, made little sense.
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CN ON: Talks To Move Illegal Toronto Drug-Use Site Indoors Fail

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 01 Nov 2017 - Talks to move Toronto's illegal popup supervised drug-use site inside a nearby homeless centre have failed, but the harm-reduction activists who have been setting up their tents in an east-end park every evening say they plan to stay put. The crowdfunded, volunteer-driven Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance (THRA) has operated its controversial pop-up site in Moss Park near Sherbourne and Queen Streets since August, with tacit approval from police and city officials amid a growing number of opioid overdose deaths.
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Canada: Ottawa Adds $36-Million In Funding For Cannabis-Education

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 01 Nov 2017 - The federal government will be spending an additional $36.4-million over five years to educate Canadians on the dangers of using cannabis at a young age and impaired driving, hoping to address growing concerns over the drug's legalization. The new money comes in addition to $9.6-million in previously announced spending on public awareness campaigns, with eight months to go before the government's July 1 deadline to legalize cannabis for recreational use by adults.
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CN BC: Scheer Stands By Harper-Era Opioid Plan

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 01 Nov 2017 - Tory Leader open to new ideas for tackling crisis in B.C., but remains leery of supervised drug-use sites and further decriminalization Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he is trying to keep an open mind on options for dealing with the opioid overdose crisis in British Columbia, but is not backing off key tenets on harm reduction his party pushed in government.
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CN BC: Editorial: Discarded Needles Just The Tip Of The Opioid Crisis

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 07:00
Comox Valley Record, 26 Oct 2017 - As little as five years ago, we imagine most people would have scoffed at the idea of needing a special group to pick up discarded needles in the community. Though the Comox Valley is not as badly affected as others, which are in the middle of a needle epidemic directly related to the opioid crisis that has killed so many across B.C. in the last several years, it isn't immune, either.
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CN ON: Don't Cluster Safe Injection Sites, Councillors Warn

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 07:00
The Record, 25 Oct 2017 - WATERLOO REGION - Potential locations for supervised injection sites in Waterloo Region will be made public by January, as Waterloo Region Public Health begins a feasibility study into whether the harm reduction service is needed here, what concerns the community might have and how to address them. A supervised injection site would provide a safe, clean place for people to use their own drugs under the care of trained staff. Its goals would be to reduce overdose rates and overdose deaths; reduce transmission of diseases from shared needles; help drug users connect to other health and social services, including drug treatment; and reduce drug use in public places and the amount of unsafely discarded needles and other litter.
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CN ON: New Option To Safe Needle Disposal Launched

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 07:00
The Chatham Daily News, 25 Oct 2017 - A pilot project was launched Tuesday to provide the first outdoor after-hours needle disposable drop box, with the aim of curbing the high rate of hepatitis C, locally. The sharp disposal kiosk is located on the property of AIDS Support Chatham-Kent at 67 Adelaide St. S. in Chatham, which has partnered with the ChathamKent Public Health Unit to provide a safe place to dispose of needles.
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CN AB: Site Will Be 'Clean And Safe Space'

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 07:00
Lethbridge Herald, 21 Oct 2017 - Supervised drug consumption site set to open Jan. 2 What's old will be renewed again in a bid to save lives from the rising number of drug overdoses in Lethbridge. Government officials and local media received a tour Friday of the city's future supervised consumption site, currently under construction.
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CN MB: OPED: Opioid Crisis A Health Issue, Not A Criminal One

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

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

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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CN AB: Consumption Site Approved For Lethbridge

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

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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