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CN BC: Are Langley And Canada Going To Pot?

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 08:00
Langley Times, 20 Jan 2017 - With the release of a 106-page federal task force report, the possibility of legalizing marijuana inches closer to reality Legalizing marijuana in Canada - once passed off as a pipe dream - appears to be gaining traction.
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CN MB: In 'Denial' About Drug Problem

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 08:00
Winnipeg Sun, 18 Jan 2017 - An advocate for Winnipeg's homeless and addicted population says the city is in "denial" about its injection drug problem. Rick Lees, executive director of Main Street Project, looks at other large urban centres in Canada and says Winnipeg is lagging behind in addressing its hard drugs problem.
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CN ON: Editorial: Chief Shows Sterner Stuff Than Mayor

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Sun, 01/15/2017 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 15 Jan 2017 - Mayor Jim Watson may be willing to bow out of the official debate over supervised injection sites, but his police chief, laudably, isn't. In a letter this week to the Sandy Hill Community Centre, Chief Charles Bordeleau raises several concerns about security if a legal drug injection operation is opened at that location. He calls the centre's plans so far "inadequate."
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US CT: Strung Out At 4 A.M.: Emergency Room Doctors Treating Heroin

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Sun, 01/15/2017 - 08:00
Hartford Courant, 15 Jan 2017 - At four in the morning, the hospital's emergency department lights fluoresce directly into your brain. Everyone, everything looks green, especially the midnight heroin users. They are always shivering. Partly the withdrawal, partly the cold, damp Connecticut weather. They tend not to have proper jackets. On a stretcher in the hallway, a 25-year-old "opioid withdrawal" is curled up with three hospital blankets pulled over his head. I gently shake his leg, but nothing is really gentle here. I introduce myself and whisper a question about what brought him in. No response.
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US MA: In Plymouth County, A Drug Program Finds Success Tackling The

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Sun, 01/15/2017 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 15 Jan 2017 - [photo] (Debee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe) Paul Jehle, pastor of the New Testament Church of Cedarville, shook hands with recovering addict Justin Todd at a Project Outreach drop-in center hosted by the church in Plymouth. One in a series of occasional articles about opiate abuse and its consequences.
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CN ON: Advocates Vouch For Injection Sites

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 14 Jan 2017 - Supervision helps build community, create safer spaces, support worker says Raffi Balian remembers lying beside his wife at night, with his drug injection equipment hidden below the bed. He remembers trying to inject drugs into his arm in the dark, while his wife lay beside him, unaware.
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CN BC: IHA Wants To Have Mobile Supervised Injection Site

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 08:00
The Saturday Okanagan, 14 Jan 2017 - Health authority applying for an exemption from Health Canada to operate the site; the process could happen right away or take years A mobile supervised injection site is in the works for Kelowna, Interior Health announced Friday afternoon. IH will be applying for an exemption from Health Canada to operate the site. "In order for people to be able to use drugs under supervision, we need an exemption," said Dr. Silvina Mema, medical health officer with IH. "Health Canada needs to clear us to be able to do that."
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CN BC: 'Incredible Benefit' To Overdose-Prevention Sites, Ask

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 08:00
Kamloops This Week, 13 Jan 2017 - There's been an "incredible benefit" to last month's creation of overdose-prevention sites in Kamloops, said Bob Hughes, something that goes beyond ensuring drug users are safe - many of them are talking with the medical staff there about some of the reasons they are in their lifestyles. The executive director of ASK Wellness Centre said that as staff hand out safe drug-use equipment - a program the agency has done for years to help combat infections and other diseases associated with drug use - they're also looking for opportunities to ask clients about housing needs other health issues and whether they're ready to try rehabilitation programs or other services that might see them make changes in the way they live.
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CN BC: Plan For Safe-consumption Sites Set To Take Next Step This

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 08:00
Kamloops This Week, 13 Jan 2017 - Safe-consumption drug sites will move a step closer to creation in Kamloops this month as agencies and other organizations prepare to meet with Interior Health Authority administrators in the city. The meeting comes at the conclusion of a consultation period that included politicians, front-line workers, emergency personnel, police and others who deal with the realities of addiction.
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CN BC: Council Asked To Consider Safe Consumption Site

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 08:00
Chilliwack Progress, 13 Jan 2017 - It was budget feedback night for the public at Chilliwack city hall Tuesday. Some of the exact same issues and questions came up on the council floor as last year's information hearing on the financial plan.
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US PA: ACA's Repeal Would Devastate Fight Against Opioid Addiction

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 08:00
Morning Call, 13 Jan 2017 - House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Thursday that Congressional Republicans are on a "rescue" mission to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and that he and President-elect Donald Trump are in perfect sync with the process of replacing Obamacare. (CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES) Funding for mental illness and opioid addiction treatment in Pennsylvania will take a big hit if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, according to research published this week by Harvard Medical School.
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US PA: 'Our Children Are Dying': Christie Vows To Fight Addiction

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Thu, 01/12/2017 - 08:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 12 Jan 2017 - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, arrives in the Assembly chamber of the Statehouse to deliver his State Of The State address Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) TRENTON - Gov. Christie vowed Tuesday to devote his final year in office to battling drug addiction, skirting other challenges confronting New Jersey as he delivered an unusual and impassioned State of the State address focused almost exclusively on the issue.
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Chronicle AM: Guam Gov Files Legalization Bill, More Iran Drug Executions, More... (1/11/17)

Harm Reduction (STDW) - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 22:27

Marijuana legalization bills get filed in Guam and the District of Columbia, the Global Drug Policy Commission asks Obama to commute more sentences, Chris Christie vows to fight drug addiction during his last year in office, and more.

[image:1 align:left caption:true]Marijuana Policy

Guam Governor Files Legalization Bill. Gov. Eddie Calvo Tuesday introduced a bill to legalize marijuana on the US island territory. "I am introducing this bill, not because I personally support the recreational use of marijuana, but as a solution to the regulatory labyrinth that sprouted from the voter-mandated medical marijuana program," Calvo said in a press release. The measure would legalize marijuana for people over 21 and impose a 15% tax on sales. Medical marijuana patients would be exempt from the tax.

DC Councilmember Files Bill for Legal Marijuana Commerce and Regulation. Councilmember David Grosso Tuesday filed a bill to establish a full tax and regulatory framework for legal marijuana commerce. If passed, the bill would put the District in conflict with Congress, which must approve city spending. But Grosso said that Congress had forced the District's hand with its meddling in city affairs.

Drug Policy

New Jersey Governor Vows to Heighten Fight Against Drug Addiction. In his final state of the state address, Gov. Chris Christie (R) said he will spend his last year as governor fighting drug addiction. "Our state faces a crisis which is more urgent to New Jersey's families than any other issue we could confront," Christie told the legislature in Trenton. "Beyond the human cost, which is incalculable, there is a real cost to every part of life in New Jersey." Christie is pushing for treatment instead of jail for nonviolent drug offenders, expanded drug courts, and expanded needle exchange programs, among other initiatives.

Law Enforcement

Federal Bill to Clear Way for more Surplus Military Gear for Police Filed. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) has filed House Resolution 426, which would bar the federal government from limiting the sale or donation of excess federal property to state and local agencies for law enforcement purposes. The bill is a response to the Obama administration's short-lived decision last year to block the transfer of military-style equipment to domestic police forces.

Sentencing

Global Drug Policy Commission Asks Obama to Free More Prisoners. In an open letter to the outgoing president, the commission, which includes a number of former heads of state, thanked Obama for his efforts to shift from a punitive approach to drugs, noted that he had freed more than a thousand drug war prisoners through his clemency program, and asked for more: "We hope that in these final days of your presidency, you will use the power of your office to commute even more prison sentences of low-level drug offenders, and restore dignity and hope to their lives," the commission wrote. "May your example inspire not only your successor, but also governors across the country."

International

Colombia Coca Cultivation Set to Increase. Colombia's post-conflict minister, Rafael Pardo, said Tuesday that coca cultivation will increase this year, the third year in a row that has seen increases in the country's coca crop. Pardo said part of the reason was the government's turn away from using aerial eradication, but that a bigger part was the government's devaluation of the peso, which dramatically increased profit margins for drug traffickers.

Iran Starts New Year With Spate of Drug Executions. The world's leading drug executioner is at again. In the first week of the new year, Iran executed 16 people, 10 of them for drug offenses. Iran executes hundreds of people each year, with drug offenders accounting for an increasing number of them. In 2015, the last year with full statistics, 66% of all executions in Iran were for drug offenses. Another 12 prisoners were set to be executed for drug offenses this week.

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Canada: Column: A New Plague, An Old Prejudice

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 11 Jan 2017 - The stigma illegal-drug users face today is reminiscent of the attitudes toward gay men when AIDS broke out in the early 1980s In 1981, doctors in New York began noticing the first signs of a modern-day plague.
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US NJ: Heroin Busts Come With An Offer Of Detox To Help Break Cycle

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Herald News, 11 Jan 2017 - One is a former nurse. Another used to be in law enforcement. There were a recruiter and a graphic designer. Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal and Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino at the press conference on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.
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US PA: Havertown Couple Who Lost Fathers To Heroin Now Mourn Friend

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 11 Jan 2017 - [photo] (ED HILLE / Staff Photographer) William McMonigle and Amy Zaccario of Havertown, who both lost their fathers to heroin overdoses in Philadelphia, are now planning the funeral of their best friend, Sean Jimenez, who died of a heroin overdose in Kensington on Monday. At home in Jenkintown, Sean Jimenez had a decent job, a woman who loved him, and two young sons who bore a striking resemblance to Dennis the Menace, just as he did when he was little.
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US: How An `Abuse-Deterrent' Drug Created The Heroin Epidemic

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
Washington Post, 10 Jan 2017 - The reformulation of the powerful painkiller OxyContin in 2010 is the chief driver of the explosion in heroin overdose deaths in subsequent years, according to a new working paper from researchers at the RAND Corp. and the Wharton School. OxyContin, released by Purdue Pharma in 1996, is a powerful extended-release opioid designed to provide 12-hour relief to patients suffering from severe pain. The original formulation was particularly prone to abuse, as drug users found that they could crush the pills and chew, snort or inject them in order to deliver 12 hours of powerful painkiller dosage all at once.
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US KY: Nine Heroin Overdoses Reported In 24 Hours In Jessamine

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 10 Jan 2017 - 'It's A Mess.' Nicholasville experienced a surge in heroin overdoses Monday and Tuesday, said Aaron Stamper, chief of Jessamine County Emergency Services. "It's a mess right now," Stamper said shortly before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. "We've had five overdoses in the last eight hours, and I think in the last 24 hours, we've had nine overdoses."
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CN ON: Ontario Agrees To Fund Three Injection Sites In Toronto

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
The Record, 10 Jan 2017 - TORONTO - Ontario is committing to fund three supervised injection sites in Toronto, as the city tries to combat rising numbers of overdose deaths amid a broader opioid crisis. Toronto city council approved the supervised injection sites at existing downtown healthcare facilities during the summer, and six months later the province has confirmed its support for the plan, with an estimated annual cost of $1.6 million and about $400,000 to create the spaces.
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CN ON: Anticipating Fentanyl Spread, Ontario To Help Fund Injection

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 10 Jan 2017 - The Ontario government has agreed to help fund three supervised drug-injection sites in Toronto and one in Ottawa as part of an effort to better prepare Canada's most populous province for the eastward spread of illicit fentanyl. Ontario said it is creating a framework to smooth the way for other communities to open supervised-consumption services of their own, while the federal Liberals have promised to knock down legislative barriers erected by Stephen Harper's government, which opposed letting users inject their drugs legally as health-care workers watched.
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