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CN ON: Editorial: Addiction Services Not An Area To Cut

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 13 Jul 2016 - We hope the north east local health integration network is not only fully aware of the funding shortages affecting addiction services in this region - but already acting upon it. After all, it was just a few weeks ago, the North East LHIN was presented with a consultant's report identifying gaps and challenges northerners face accessing addiction services.
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CN ON: Bat-Wielding 'Hero' Slammed By Critics

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 07:00
London Free Press, 13 Jul 2016 - Anti-homeless activist says business owner's actions 'not a solution' to addiction problem Some are hailing him as a vigilant hero, but others say he may be setting a dangerous precedent. A viral video of a bat-wielding London business owner chasing off two men allegedly injecting drugs in broad daylight on a downtown street has triggered a debate about addiction issues in the city.
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CN ON: Pot Party Promoter Mum On Details

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 07:00
Packet & Times, 13 Jul 2016 - A festival celebrating marijuana will take place this weekend just east of Orillia, but details about the event remain somewhat hazy. Called Budstock 2016, the three-day event presented by Cannabispreneurs Production International (CPI) Promotions promises a range of activities along with live performances at a private farm location in Ramara Township.
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CN ON: Naloxone Spray Expected To Be Lifesaver

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 07:00
Kingston Whig-Standard, 13 Jul 2016 - "We're talking about hundreds of deaths," Justine McIsaac lamented. For the past year, McIsaac has been on the front lines of Canada's opiate crisis, as an outreach worker for the Street Health Centre. The hundreds of lives lost, she explained, go beyond the city's boundaries, extending not just across the province but across the country.
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CN NS: Editorial: A Smart Way To Curb The Tide On Overdose

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 07:00
Truro Daily News, 13 Jul 2016 - Medical experts across Canada and the United States have been sounding loud warnings for the past few years about the explosion of deaths related to overdosing on opioid-related drugs. One U.S. authority compares the epidemic to the rapid spread of AIDS in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Now there's new evidence about the disproportionate impact on one specific group - recently released prisoners. And it underlines the need for more robust services to treat them in the crucial first days when they are returning to the community.
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CN BC: Cities To Ask For Cut Of Legal Pot Revenue

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 13 Jul 2016 - Three communities are using a meeting of B.C. municipalities to raise the issue of who gets what from any eventual taxes Some British Columbia municipalities say Ottawa should share eventual tax revenues from the legalization of marijuana and are looking to put the issue on the political agenda through the annual gathering of B.C. municipalities.
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CN BC: Police Consider Carrying Nasal Naloxone

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 12 Jul 2016 - Police forces in British Columbia are looking into equipping officers with an overdose-reversing drug to help combat a worsening public-health crisis, but their union head says many officers still have hesitations about the initiative.. Departments in Vancouver and Abbotsford are considering having front-line officers carry the intranasal version of naloxone, which can counter the effects of an opioid overdose within minutes. Some firefighters in Vancouver and Surrey began carrying the injectable form of the drug early this year, and advocates have called for police to carry it as well.
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Canada: The Toke-Alyzer

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 07:00
Toronto 24hours, 11 Jul 2016 - Measures set to reduce pot-impaired driving Canadians suspected of driving while high could be required to submit to a roadside saliva test that identifies the use of marijuana, cocaine and opioids.
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CN ON: Opioid Antidote Now Easier To Access

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 11 Jul 2016 - Ontario makes overdose-blocking naloxone available at pharmacies for users and their families For the first time in Ontario, family and friends of opioid users will be able to pick up naloxone kits for free from pharmacies.
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CN ON: TCHC Safety Fumble

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 11 Jul 2016 - Tackling the urgent matter of drug-dealing thugs is an idea that's still stalled He talked tough about getting rid of drug-dealing thugs who have taken control of some Toronto Community Housing Corp. (TCHC) properties when his task force released their report last July 15.
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Canada: Test To Nab High Drivers?

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 11 Jul 2016 - Roadside saliva collection needs to be in place: MADD Canadians suspected of driving while high could be required to submit to a roadside saliva test that identifies the use of marijuana, cocaine and opioids.
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CN ON: Letter: Pot And Heroin

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 11 Jul 2016 - Re "T.O. health board OKs safe injection sites" (July 5): Isn't it funny how marijuana laws are still being enforced when the federal government has said it is going to be legalized, yet, safe injection sites are in the process of being approved in Toronto? What if a police officer stops two people near one of the safe injection sites, one with pot and the other heroin? Who is arrested and who isn't? I appreciate that the marijuana dispensaries were acting outside the law but heroin users will now get a pass if council approves the sites. But to my knowledge there are still laws against the use and trafficking of controlled substances, including heroin. The timing of these two moves by the City of Toronto couldn't be better.
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Canada: Half Of Voters Say Tear Up Pot Rap Sheets, Poll Finds

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 07:00
London Free Press, 11 Jul 2016 - Half of Canadian voters believe people in jail for marijuana possession should be released and those with criminal records for pot possession pardoned, new polling shared with The Free Press suggests. That percentage rises among the young, the low-income, the highly educated, and, not surprisingly, the 47 per cent of survey respondents who've taken a few tokes themselves, the Forum Research survey found.
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Canada: LTE: Colorado's Lessons

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 11 Jul 2016 - Re: To Understand Pot, Look To Colorado (editorial, July 4): You point to the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, arguing that the state's experience with legalization of marijuana for recreational use showed no overall increase in past-month marijuana use among youth since the first time the state gave the survey in 2013.
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Canada: Package Pot Like Cigarettes: Cancer Society

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 11 Jul 2016 - Object would be to discourage use by young people The federal government's task force on marijuana should look to restrictions for cigarettes when considering how legal pot should be packaged, the Canadian Cancer Society's Rob Cunningham says.
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CN ON: LTE: 'Safe Injection' An Oxymoron

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 07/10/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 10 Jul 2016 - Re: Do the right thing, Editorial July 6 "Safe injection sites"? Isn't that an oxymoron? It is perpetuating and abiding this scourge by keeping the addicts from committing crimes in order to get their fix. Perhaps, by putting Band-Aids on a blistering sore it will keep the rest of us safer. But at what price? There must be some other way of dealing with this scourge.
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CN ON: 'How Can We Make Fun Safe?'

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 07/09/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 09 Jul 2016 - Groups work to reduce drug overdoses, sex assaults during summer festivals With the summer festival season in full blast, there's a dark side to the fun in the sun. One local service agency is helping festival-goers who use drugs avoid the deadly mistakes that have killed people in Ottawa and across Canada by offering low-tech checking kits.
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CN MB: High Hopes For New Pot Shop

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 07/09/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 09 Jul 2016 - Owner doesn't expect trouble from police. Winnipeggers green with envy over the lack of marijuana dispensaries sprouting up as they have in other cities can finally chill as there's a new pot shop in town.
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CN ON: Editorial: Fighting A Scourge

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 07/09/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 09 Jul 2016 - Medical experts across Canada and the United States have been sounding loud warnings for the past few years about the explosion of deaths related to overdosing on opioid-related drugs. One U.S. authority compares the epidemic to the rapid spread of AIDS in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Now there's new evidence about the disproportionate impact on one specific group - recently released prisoners. And it underlines the need for more robust services to treat them in the crucial first days when they are returning to the community.
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Canada: Pain Sufferers Are Not Addicts, Group Says

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 07/09/2016 - 07:00
Medicine Hat News, 09 Jul 2016 - It is time to stop the war on chronic pain patients who are treated as though they are opioid addicts, says the Chronic Pain Association of Canada. "The large majority of pain patients are not addicts or abusers. Most do not get high from taking prescription opioids, even if they become physically dependent on them in controlling their pain," said executive director Barry Ulmer.
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