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CN ON: Column: Prescribing A Solution To Opioid Addiction

March 16, 2017 - 3:00am
Ottawa Sun, 16 Mar 2017 - City health authorities considering heroin to treat addicts Ottawa's health unit supports prescribing heroin to treat severe addicts and at least one treatment clinic is considering it as the city fights the rising rates of overdoses from it and similar opioid drugs.

CN ON: Getting High On Salvia

March 10, 2017 - 3:00am
The Expositor, 10 Mar 2017 - Use of hallucinogenic drug has recently sent at least three people to hospital The first signs of a problem were sounds of retching from her 15-year-old son's bedroom and a thump. Sandra and her boyfriend got up from their seats in the living room and ran to the Brantford teen's bedroom to find him having a seizure.

CN BC: PM Attends Roundtable On Opioid Crisis

March 4, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 04 Mar 2017 - Attendees at the meeting urged Trudeau to consider extra funding and expanded access to injectable opioid treatment Canada's Prime Minister and Minister of Defence met with people on the front lines of B.C.'s overdose crisis on Friday, listening as they spoke candidly about the urgent need to scale up treatment options, the province's record death toll and the emotional impact it's had on first responders.

CN ON: 'Where's The Fent?'

March 4, 2017 - 3:00am
Ottawa Sun, 04 Mar 2017 - AIDS Committee of Ottawa offering strips to test urine A project launched this week by the AIDS Committee of Ottawa is offering urine test strips that reveal to people who have used drugs whether they've been unwittingly exposed to the powerful opioid fentanyl.

CN BC: PM Won't Widen Decriminalization Of Drugs

March 3, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 03 Mar 2017 - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is rejecting recommendations from British Columbia's top health officials to widen the scope of his government's decriminalization agenda beyond marijuana to help stem the country's growing opioid crisis. Mr. Trudeau will meet Friday with health experts in Vancouver to discuss Canada's response to the rising toll of overdose deaths, the latest in a series of meetings where he has engaged with British Columbians on the front lines of the deadly opioid battle.

CN BC: Opioid Crisis: Recreational Drug Users Hit Hardest

March 3, 2017 - 3:00am
Goldstream Gazette, 03 Mar 2017 - Paramedics say naloxone doesn't reverse damage done to the brain from lack of oxygen in an overdose While a lot of emphasis is being put on the statistics relating to overdose deaths, paramedics working on the West Shore are struggling to help the patients they save, but are still ultimately lost.

CN BC: Expert Calls For 'Scaled Up' Approach To Opioid Crisis

March 3, 2017 - 3:00am
Metro, 03 Mar 2017 - Disease control director says more should be prescribed One of British Columbia's top experts on diseases has slammed longstanding "drug policies that criminalize drug users," in an op-ed in the B.C. Medical Journal's new issue, and pushed for the expansion of government-prescribed opioids.

CN BC: Carfentanil Bust In Nelson

March 3, 2017 - 3:00am
Nelson Star, 03 Mar 2017 - It's an elephant tranquilizer, and it can kill you. The Nelson Police Department recently busted a man for possession, and after sending away his faux oxycodone tablets to Health Canada they were informed the batch contained carfentanil.

CN BC: VPD Uses Naloxone For First Time To Reverse Drug Overdose

March 2, 2017 - 3:00am
Vancouver Courier, 02 Mar 2017 - Officer used the nasal spray form of the drug inside Rogers Arena A Vancouver police officer working at a Vancouver Canucks hockey game has become the first member of the department to use the overdose-reversing drug naloxone on an overdose victim.

CN BC: Column: Federal Health Minister Talks Legalization, Injection

March 2, 2017 - 3:00am
Vancouver Courier, 02 Mar 2017 - t's always nice to hear from the person in charge when you have questions about what he or she is going to do to address a problem affecting a large number of people. You may not always like the answers - or get a straight answer, for that matter - but still, it's something, right?

CN ON: Column: Criminalization Of Opioids Is Costing Lives

March 2, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 02 Mar 2017 - Two weeks ago, 28-year-old Pierre Gregoire died after a fatal drug overdose in the washroom of a downtown restaurant When I worked at a drop-in centre for youth over a decade ago, our staff carried keys to the facility's washrooms at all times. We were always prepared for the possibility that young people we served might lock themselves in the washrooms to get high, particularly by using opioid drugs, and fall unconscious due to an overdose.

CN ON: Health Board Hears Of Harm-Reduction Strategy

March 2, 2017 - 3:00am
Northumberland Today, 02 Mar 2017 - PORT HOPE - Naloxone, administered as a nasal spray or by needle, is being distributed to stakeholders in the community (including emergency responder), to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, says Peterborough AIDS Resource Network prevention and education co-ordinator, Chris Jardin -a membert of the Harm Reduction Programming Committee of the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. But Jardin says it should be spread more widely.

CN BC: OPED: Perspectives On The Drug Overdose Crisis In BC

March 1, 2017 - 3:00am
BC Medical Journal, 01 Mar 2017 - Issue: BCMJ, Vol. 59, No. 2, March 2017, page(s) 89 BC Centre for Disease Control Mark W. Tyndall, MD, ScD, FRCPC British Columbia is in the midst of a public health crisis, with 914 documented overdose deaths in 2016. While there has been a steady increase in overdose deaths over the past 2 years, December 2016 had the highest monthly total of deaths ever recorded (128 deaths).[1] This is particularly alarming as it is happening despite a public health emergency announcement in April 2016 and a massive scale-up of the take-home naloxone program that has been used in over 3000 overdose reversals.

CN BC: Surrey Overdose-Site Plans To Be Reviewed

February 28, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 28 Feb 2017 - The Health Minister has asked the Fraser Health CEO to look into potential barriers for the supervised-consumption project British Columbia's Health Minister has asked the chief executive officer of the Fraser Health Authority to review the plans for two "overdose-prevention sites" announced for Surrey after The Globe and Mail reported they do not exist yet.

CN BC: Surrey 'Hotspot' Lacks Overdose-Prevention Sites

February 27, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 27 Feb 2017 - The first time Donna May walked down the stretch of road known as the Surrey Strip, she felt afraid. The Mississauga resident had never before seen such a concentration of drug use: 50 or 60 people, sickness and addiction - a sense of desperation jarring against the backdrop of a sunny winter's day. She remembered that no one was smiling. "It was like walking from one world into another," Ms. May said of that day in January, 2012, on 135A Street, the quiet stretch in the Fraser Valley city that has become a semi-permanent homeless encampment rife with drug use.

CN ON: Life-Saving Drug Comes To Oxford

February 27, 2017 - 3:00am
Sentinel Review, 27 Feb 2017 - Higher-dosage, easier-to-use Naxolone kits, which cane help prevent opioid overdoses, are now available through Oxford County public health Higher-dosage and easier-to-use Naloxone kits will soon be available free of charge to anyone in Oxford County to help prevent opioid overdose deaths.

Canada: Mayors, Ottawa To Tackle Opioid Crisis

February 25, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 25 Feb 2017 - Cabinet ministers and leaders of 12 cities pledge to work together, as fentanyl and more powerful analogues continue to hit streets Mayors of Canada's largest cities and federal cabinet ministers pledged on Friday to forge a united front in an effort to thwart a spiralling drug crisis.

CN BC: Substance Users Lose A Devoted Advocate

February 25, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 25 Feb 2017 - A celebration of Balian's life to be held Saturday afternoon Raffi Balian, a fierce advocate for harm reduction and the rights of drug users, died on Feb.16 in Vancouver, according to the B.C. Coroners Service. He was 60 years old.

CN BC: Heroin Concept Garners Attention

February 24, 2017 - 3:00am
Peace Arch News, 24 Feb 2017 - HEROIN CONCEPT GARNERS ATTENTION A public suggestion by the provincial coroner to provide heroin to addicts is turning some heads. The comments by chief coroner Lisa Lapointe last week came after it was learned 116 people in this province died of overdoses from illicit drugs in January.

CN BC: Groups Demand Opening Of Bridge Street Injection Site

February 24, 2017 - 3:00am
Victoria News, 24 Feb 2017 - When Jack Phillips looks at the empty parking lot at 2920 Bridge St. in Rock Bay, he sees endless possibilities. It could be transformed into a garden, a bike shop or an area for people to bring their dogs. But most importantly, he sees a community harm reduction health centre and a supervised injection site by and for people who use drugs.

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