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CN ON: OPED: Prevention Needs To Be Key In Fighting Drug Abuse

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 08:00
The Record, 10 Feb 2018 - Fentanyl. The drug is one that most people never even heard of until a few years ago. Now it strikes fear into the hearts of public health officials, youth workers, parents and others. A few grains of fentanyl, often mixed with another recreational drug without the user's knowledge, can cause death within minutes. It has caused thousands of overdose deaths in Canada and tens of thousands in the U.S., and those numbers are rising rapidly. How have we dealt with this crisis? The primary strategy has been to supply naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of fentanyl, as widely as possible to police officers, health care providers and others who are likely to encounter people who have overdosed. The use of naloxone is a "harm reduction strategy", intended to reduce the negative consequences of using fentanyl, and it has saved many lives. But it is not enough. Overdose deaths from fentanyl continue to increase even after widespread distribution of naloxone kits. We desperately need another strategy. But what kind of strategy would work?
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US MA: Editorial: The First Step To Treatment Is Staying Alive

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 09 Feb 2018 - Drug treatment can't help dead people. That's why San Francisco is scheduled to open two safe injection sites later this year, where drug users will be allowed to shoot up under medical supervision. If an addict overdoses, trained staff will be available to revive them with an overdose antidote like naloxone, commonly known as Narcan. Staffers can also recommend treatment options to those interested.
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CN ON: Drug Awareness Week Offers A Chance To Talk

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 07 Feb 2018 - After three years of addressing substance abuse issues while patrolling local high schools, city police community services officer Const. Andy Hatton said he has learned more about how important the lines of communication are between parents and their children. Drug Awareness Week continues until Friday and city police and health care and public health partners point out it's a ideal time to have serious conversations about the topic.
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US CA: San Francisco Announces Plans To Open Safe Injection Sites

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 06 Feb 2018 - Officials in San Francisco said Tuesday they will open two safe injection sites this summer, joining Philadelphia and Seattle on the list of American cities that are planning to open sites where people in addiction can use drugs under medical supervision and be revived if they overdose. The announcement comes three weeks after Philadelphia officials announced their own plans to open a site here. Like Philadelphia's, the San Francisco site will be funded privately. And also like Philadelphia, the funding sources aren't yet clear, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. City officials there said they were working with "six to eight nonprofits that already operate needle exchanges and offer other drug addiction services." Two will host the first safe injection sites, and will likely open in July, officials said.
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CN ON: Public Health Handing Out More Naloxone Kits

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 03 Feb 2018 - 453 people were revived 'from the brink of death' in 2017, Hamilton city officials hear More than one-quarter of naloxone kits distributed through Hamilton Public Health last year were used to revive someone from an overdose.
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US PA: Oped: How Can I Supervise Heroin Injections And Live With

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 08:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 02 Feb 2018 - A Philly nurse on safe injection sites "You want me to do what?" "Where's your compassion?" "What a waste of resources!" "I have an obligation to help people stay healthy." These are conflicting responses I imagine nurses and health-care professionals may have when asked to provide care at safe injection sites, places where people can use drugs under medical supervision. There aren't any such sites right now. But the City of Philadelphia announced that it will encourage setting them up. Should health-care professionals participate? It's a dilemma wrought with ethical, moral, legal, and regulatory issues and more questions than answers. As a nurse, I can understand and appreciate both sides.
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CN ON: Region Looks For Improvement On Needle Disposal

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 08:00
The Record, 01 Feb 2018 - WATERLOO REGION - Regional councillors thanked the public health department for its harm reduction efforts, but said more needs to be done to ensure used needles aren't ending up in public spaces. "I do appreciate the efforts of public health," Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig said at a council meeting on Tuesday. "But we still have a problem."
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CN BC: Vancouver Blazes Psychedelic Research Trail

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 08:00
The Georgia Straight, 01 Feb 2018 - Decades after Canada abandoned the field, the B.C. Centre on Substance Use is investigating the benefits of drugs like MDMA and psilocybin In 2011, Gerald Thomas was invited to an Indigenous community in a remote area of British Columbia. Working for the Centre for Addictions Research of B.C., he was one of a small team of scientists who observed 12 people take ayahuasca, an Amazonian mixture that induces vivid visual and auditory hallucinations as well as deep emotional and intellectual reflection.
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CN BC: Overdose Toll 150 In Valley Last Year

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 08:00
The Daily Courier, 01 Feb 2018 - Health official says region needs to be able to treat more drug users With the second highest rate of illicit drug overdose deaths in the province last year, the overdose crisis in the Okanagan remains concerning and distressing, says chief medical health officer Trevor Corneil.
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CN BC: Interior Health Issues Overdose Alert For Region

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 08:00
Nelson Star, 31 Jan 2018 - 'It doesn't help to have conversations that are fear-based' Nine people died of suspected overdoses in a span of five days last week in the Interior Health region that includes Nelson. Seven of those deaths were reported to have occurred between Jan. 23 to 26, with two more fatalities added on Jan. 27.
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CN ON: Homegrown Grow Ops?

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 31 Jan 2018 - Tell people how to produce pot safely: Health unit If the federal government will let people grow pot in their homes, Health Canada had better explain how to do it safely. That's one of the pieces of advice from Ottawa Public Health, months before marijuana hits the legal retail market and the federal government relaxes cannabis laws across the country.
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CN ON: City Examines Injection Site

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 08:00
Sudbury Star, 31 Jan 2018 - Committee to look at report next week Sudbury could become home to a safe injection site. The community services committee will hear next week about the prospect of undertaking a feasibility study for a site, which will cost $150,000 to $200,000. Council is being asked to endorse the report.
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CN ON: Tax On Medical Pot 'Wrong'

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 26 Jan 2018 - TAX ON MEDICAL POT 'WRONG' Medical cannabis patients who use the plant to treat conditions ranging from eczema to cancer are coming together this Friday from 10 a.m. to noon in front of Finance Minister
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CN BC: Addicts Will Get Clean Drugs

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 08:00
The Georgia Straight, 28 Dec 2017 - Vancouver has a history pioneering harm-reduction programs. In 2003, it opened North America's first supervised-injection facility, Insite. In 2014, it moved a prescription-heroin program beyond the confines of an academic study. Now B.C. will launch its most radical drug program yet. It's a plan that one of the province's top doctors says could be a partial solution to the province's opioid crisis.
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