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CN BC: LTE: Addiction Is A Choice, Not A Disability, Says Woman Who

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 08:00
The Daily Courier, 05 Jan 2017 - Could someone please clarify something for me? In Canada we have laws set in place to protect, to govern and direct. There is nothing safe about injecting anything illegal into our system. If we truly care about the welfare of addicts it's not about "reducing" the harm but rather eliminating the harm and bringing hope where hope has been lost. Do you have children? Here's my take on all of this. Turn the elements of your stove on high, place your children's hands on those hot elements and do not let them remove their hands. Gently reach done and turn the heat down a few notches, well maybe a couple more. As long as those hands are on the heat and the heat is on, damage will continue to be inflicted. Their hands need to be removed from the heat and the heat turned off, not simply down.
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CN ON: Toronto Not Taking Drug Epidemic Lightly

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 05 Jan 2017 - With the fentanyl crisis at a breaking point in B.C., Mayor Tory is not waiting for a disaster in the city before taking action When news broke that British Columbia had suffered its worst-ever month for illicit-drug overdose deaths in November, Toronto's mayor contacted his Vancouver counterpart to offer help, as he would have if the West Coast city had experienced a "natural disaster."
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CN ON: Column: B.C. Shows What Happens When All Goes To Pot 13

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 08:00
The Tribune, 05 Jan 2017 - Visiting British Columbia is like going to a foreign land without using your passport. Having spent most of my early life there, it's always fun to see how much has changed. When I was a kid, for example, there was a major moral panic over marijuana use and another about Vancouver being the heroin gateway to North America.
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CN ON: Column: B.C. Shows What Happens When All Goes To Pot 4

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 08:00
Sentinel Review, 05 Jan 2017 - Visiting British Columbia is like going to a foreign land without using your passport. Having spent most of my early life there, it's always fun to see how much has changed. When I was a kid, for example, there was a major moral panic over marijuana use and another about Vancouver being the heroin gateway to North America.
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CN ON: Column: B.C. Shows What Happens When All Goes To Pot 5

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 08:00
The Daily Press, 05 Jan 2017 - Visiting British Columbia is like going to a foreign land without using your passport. Having spent most of my early life there, it's always fun to see how much has changed. When I was a kid, for example, there was a major moral panic over marijuana use and another about Vancouver being the heroin gateway to North America.
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CN ON: Column: B.C. Shows What Happens When All Goes To Pot 3

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 08:00
The Recorder & Times, 05 Jan 2017 - Visiting British Columbia is like going to a foreign land without using your passport. Having spent most of my early life there, it's always fun to see how much has changed. When I was a kid, for example, there was a major moral panic over marijuana use and another about Vancouver being the heroin gateway to North America.
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CN AB: Medical Marijuana User Tired Of Being Treated Like 'A

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 08:00
Metro, 05 Jan 2017 - Switching from opioids to medical marijuana was a personal triumph for a 27-year-old Alberta woman living with endometriosis. But Dana, whose real name Metro is withholding to protect her identity, says the drug that gave her a new life has caused nothing but problems with her employers.
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CN MB: LTE: Search For Intelligence

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 08:00
Winnipeg Sun, 05 Jan 2017 - Re: Prankster changes Hollywood sign to 'Hollyweed." Some thing that citizens of Canada and all governments should be thinking about, as the planned legislation to legalize marijuana continues. A 'CANADAWEED' sign. Doesn't any one remember the health issues with cigarettes and tobacco through the years and the cancers associated with the use of those products? Aren't we now on the very same path to neglect our health and the social implications? I sometimes wonder why we are so obsessed with trying to find intelligent life on other planets, when we can't even find intelligent life here!
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Marijuana Smoke Less Harmful Than Tobacco

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/05/2017 - 08:00
Victoria Times-Colonist, 05 Jan 2017 - Re: "Little research on marijuana's dangers," column, Dec. 30. Lawrie McFarlane is mistaken when he asserts that the health risks of smoking cannabis have not been sufficiently studied. McFarlane should review the research of Dr. Donald P. Tashkin of the University of California-Los Angeles: "In summary, the accumulated weight of evidence implies far lower risks for pulmonary complications of even regular heavy use of marijuana compared with the grave pulmonary consequences of tobacco."
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CN BC: LTE: Do Drug Users Have Rights?

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 08:00
Kelowna Capital News, 04 Jan 2017 - Re: the rights of drug users (kelownacapnews.com) As much as I can sympathize with an addiction, I have to express some concern about people who are using illegal substances having any rights. Does a thief have the right to carry a gun, does an alcoholic have the right to drive his car?
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CN AB: Legalized Marijuana Hurts Youth: Senator

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 08:00
The South Peace News, 04 Jan 2017 - A Canadian Senator with roots in the Peace Country is deeply concerned with the Liberal government's intention to legalize marijuana. "We are clearly headed in the wrong direction and our young people will be the most victimized due to the damage that marijuana causes to a young person's brain development," Senator Betty Unger states in a news release dated Dec. 14.
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CN BC: Police Assess Marijuana Dispensaries On A Regular Basis

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 08:00
Victoria News, 04 Jan 2017 - Whenever the city's top cop looks at the priorities for the Victoria Police Department, he also assesses marijuana dispensaries on a regular basis. He prefers to call them marijuana storefronts rather than dispensaries because that adds there might be a concept of a legal component, in his opinion.
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CN NS: Marijuana Activist Cheers Auntie On

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 08:00
Chronicle Herald, 04 Jan 2017 - Police stay silent on their plan if store reoffends A leading Canadian marijuana activist is standing behind a bid by Auntie's Dispensary to reopen after a police raid shut them down. Last week, Halifax owner Shirley Martineau and three others were charged - and had their inventory seized - after complaints led the Halifax Regional Police to take action.
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CN BC: Column: School Drug Issues Start In The Community

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 08:00
The Daily Courier, 04 Jan 2017 - Teaching in a large urban secondary school of 3,000 grade 8-12s in the early 1970s, I knew we had several students with a serious drug problem. We knew who they were and the school did what it could, but it was a losing proposition. Later, as an administrator in that same school and still later as a superintendent in a different school district, I knew some students had serious drug problems.
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CN ON: Cannabis Culture There For Healing

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/04/2017 - 08:00
Goderich Signal-Star, 04 Jan 2017 - CANNABIS CULTURE THERE FOR HEALING This was not your ordinary cooking class. Barb Mahy was making her basic "canna chocolates," a simple mix of semi-sweet chocolate, coconut butter and a cannabis tincture mix with glycerine and water which she melted and poured into moulds.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Compassion, Humanity Needed In Drug Crisis

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 08:00
Nanaimo News Bulletin, 03 Jan 2017 - To the Editor, The death toll is rising, and many resources are required to deal with the current fentanyl crisis. This is a result of the tactics of the failed war on drugs. Prohibition of drugs provides a very lucrative opportunity for criminal organizations. Drug addiction is a health issue, and should be treated as such.
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CN BC: OPED: Challenges Implementing Harm Reduction

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 08:00
Penticton Herald, 03 Jan 2017 - In a Dec. 30, 2015, Victoria Times Colonist commentary, I wrote: "In these final days of 2015, there have been almost daily fatal overdose deaths in our communities" and that the Times Colonist was reporting how the "drug death tally continues to climb." I warned that "public-health messages are not enough. There is a need for public-health services."
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CN BC: LTE: Priority Should Be Our Children

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 08:00
Penticton Herald, 03 Jan 2017 - Dear Editor: I definitely have trouble wrapping my head around the idea of spending money to provide a safe monitored space for fentanyl and other drug users, giving them a second chance to inject another death wish. Our friends are grandparents to a beautiful three-year-old granddaughter, Emma who was born like so many children to a life of suffering and pain with no future antidote in sight. She lived with a loving mother and father just a few miles north of Penticton. Emma was buried on Dec. 29, 2016. This beautiful tiny tot had no chance at a long life on earth but as she enters heaven, I pray that God has a special place saved for her - a place where she can play and be happy and pain free with those many other babies that went to heaven before her.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Let's Turn Bold On Battling Addiction

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 08:00
Vancouver Sun, 03 Jan 2017 - In December 2015, my much loved but addicted daughter died after taking heroin laced with fentanyl. She had tried many times to quit and was prepared to try again, but she never made it to that next appointment. It has been a desperately difficult year. I have written and spoken to many who could affect change. My voice, along with many others, sought to change the way we view and treat those who are addicted. Change happened. Narcan became more easily accessible and the regulations around prescribing Suboxone were revised. A few more safe injection sites were set up. Still, the death rate marched on. Still, first-responders were taxed to the max. Then earlier this month, 13 deaths in one dark night - 13 more families plunged into unbearable grief. To stop the deaths, we must provide those who are already addicted access to "safe heroin" along with safe sites to inject. The potential benefits are great: fewer deaths, increased access to those who are addicted, the potential to crush the drug dealers' market, and greatly diminishing the 911 calls to deal with overdoses. Greater access to those who are addicted needs to be matched with immediate access to detox, and then treatment and followup that works. When they are ready, a response needs to be ready.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Comments On Pot Differ From Observations, Facts

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 08:00
Kingston Whig-Standard, 03 Jan 2017 - Larry Comeau's comments ("Challenges exist in legalization of pot," Dec. 27) regarding cannabis (marijuana) and Colorado's choice to relegalize the plant differ from my observations and facts. If anything, "organized crime" relating to cannabis in Colorado has diminished, and that's an expected benefit to ending prohibition.
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