Penticton Herald, 20 Feb 2017 - Penticton's mayor is applauding a recent B.C. Supreme Court decision that ruled local governments do indeed have the right to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. "The judge clearly stated that even though the use of marijuana is federally regulated, the federal law does not authorize access to medical marijuana from dispensaries and municipalities are not precluded from putting in regulations to control them," Andrew Jakubeit said in a statement. "This decision is welcomed as it provides further clarity on our rights and obligations to control dispensaries and gives added strength to our enforcement policy."
Vancouver 24hours, 20 Feb 2017 - SAY NO TO LEGAL HEROIN Ends always justify the means for those striving to do good, no matter the cost to life, liberty and truth. The truth about hard drugs, such as heroin, is blunt - it destroys lives and it kills. With each injection, intravenous drug users on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver are slowly, sometimes quickly, killing themselves. I believe these people are well aware of this fact. How could they not? The risk of death is an ever-present danger that is impossible for any hard-drug user to ignore, let alone plead ignorance.
Vancouver 24hours, 20 Feb 2017 - BAD DRUG POLICY KILLS Last month, my colleague Laurie P. died of overdose, one of 116 fatal ODs in B.C. in January. She was a harm reduction activist and had a graceful, inclusive style of community organizing.
Lethbridge Herald, 20 Feb 2017 - INCREASE IN PROPERTY CRIMES SHOWS PREVALENCE OF DRUG CULTURE IN AREA Last week we made headlines with a record drug bust after more than $1.2 million in drugs, cash, weapons, drug manufacturing equipment and vehicles were seized by the Lethbridge members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team.
The Record, 18 Feb 2017 - WATERLOO REGION - Sally has been taking drugs since her mother introduced her to them when she was 14. Today, the 26-year-old Kitchener woman is on methadone to curb her cravings. But Sally, not her real name, still does illicit drugs like crystal meth.
The Record, 18 Feb 2017 - WATERLOO REGION - Five years ago, local paramedics responded to one opioid overdose a week. Now the rate is almost two overdoses every day. "Where does it end?" says Robert Crossan, deputy chief of the Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services.
Toronto Star, 18 Feb 2017 - Man, 28, died after being told downtown drop-in centre had no space for him to sleep The fatal overdose of a 28-year-old man, who left a downtown drop-in centre he frequented after being told there was no room for him to sleep, has left his friends and community reeling and searching for answers.
London Free Press, 17 Feb 2017 - The members of the Middlesex-London Board of Health endorsed Thursday evening a motion to take the "next steps" to set up a supervised-injection site for drug users in London. That essentially means determining what the method will be for moving forward with the project. As part of that, there will be a public consultation before setting up any such site, including talking to the people in the chosen neighbourhood, including residents and business.
Penticton Western, 17 Feb 2017 - We would like to respond to a recent article (Penticton Western News, Feb. 8, Some dispensaries'thumbing their noses' at the city rules) which Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said we are 'thumbing our nose' at the city by operating without a business license. Firstly, we can appreciate the concerns of citizens who are unfamiliar with the medical benefits of cannabis products and the service that a professional dispensary provides. This is a new type of business for many communities and there are still old perceptions that all users are hippies and kids just getting high. The majority of our customers are adults over the age of 50 who are seeking help with medical issues such as arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, MS, glaucoma, seizures and pain relief.
Kelowna Capital News, 15 Feb 2017 - West Kelowna's new top cop says marijuana dispensaries are illegal...period. At the request of West Kelowna city staff, West Kelowna's new RCMP detachment commander has clarified the force's position related to marijuana dispensaries.
The Northern View, 15 Feb 2017 - Selling marijuana for medical or recreational purposes has been temporarily banned from the city - yet a cannabis clinic that would provide service to North Coast communities still has every intention of moving forward with opening its doors within the year. On Feb. 6, after a public hearing that drew only three vocal residents, Prince Rupert city council passed the zoning bylaw amendment that prohibits the commercial sale and production of marijuana until Jan. 1, 2018.
The Daily Courier, 14 Feb 2017 - West Kelowna council set to consider bylaw that would restrict where medicinal marijuana can be grown, sold It's high time to force the closure of pot shops in downtown Westbank, city and police officials say. A new bylaw intended to curb the proliferation of stores selling so-called medicinal marijuana will be considered today by West Kelowna council.
Globe and Mail, 14 Feb 2017 - Patients who consumed tainted medical marijuana from government-regulated suppliers are questioning how safe the industry is in the wake of several high-profile recalls due to banned pesticides, which have exposed serious gaps in Health Canada's oversight. After a string of recent recalls by Mettrum Ltd., OrganiGram Inc. and Aurora Cannabis Inc. because of the presence of myclobutanil - a banned pesticide that produces hydrogen cyanide when heated - a number of patients told The Globe and Mail they don't see how Health Canada can assure them the product can be trusted. Revelations that the government isn't testing regularly to prove all companies aren't using harmful chemicals have left consumers concerned for their health.
The Peterborough Examiner, 14 Feb 2017 - Last May, Ontario's minister of health, Dr. Eric Hoskins, announced that Ontario would ensure pharmacies dispense Naloxone kits to anyone at risk of an opioid overdose. At last count, seven pharmacies in Peterborough are participating in this attempt to prevent these tragedies from occurring in our communities. People using opioids, whether prescribed or obtained illicitly, or their families and friends, can now get a free rescue drug, Naloxone, to be used in the event of a witnessed overdose. These access points are in addition to the kits that have been available through public health, PARN and Fourcast. But the rescue medication Naloxone, although critical ( just like Epipens are critical to treat anaphylaxis) is not the solution to this opioid crisis that has emerged over the past two decades in Canada. So much more is needed. Canada has one of the highest opioid prescribing rates in the world: four to five times higher than countries like Germany or the UK. Peterborough has the honour of having the sixth highest rate of prescribed opioids in Ontario, where, in 2014-15 almost 2 million Ontarians received a prescription for a narcotic. Almost half of those addicted to opioids report that their introduction to the drug came by way of a prescription for pain for legitimate conditions like broken bones, arthritis or surgery. Although well-intentioned, the proliferation of opioid prescribing for non-malignant and chronic pain that occurred in the 1990s, has had devastating consequences. So much so that now opioid deaths in Ontario hover at about 700 per year, and rival motor ve! hicle collision as a leading cause of accidental death in young adults. Now, one in eight deaths of young adults aged 25-34 are due to opioids.
Globe and Mail, 13 Feb 2017 - As deaths mount, it's time to think the unthinkable and supply users with measured doses of pharmaceutically 'pure' heroin For more than 30 years, until retiring as a physician in Montreal, I cared for and studied people who became infected, sick or died from HIV infection. Now, Canada faces a new epidemic.
London Free Press, 13 Feb 2017 - Volunteers clean up 1,000 discards a year in a city weighing supervised drug injection site. Tom Cull has more than 1,000 reasons - discarded needles - for London to support a supervised drug injection site.
The Calgary Sun, 12 Feb 2017 - The fentanyl crisis in Alberta has been well documented. The harm the drug is doing to Alberta families, schools and communities has become a major public issue in the last two years. It hasn't gone unnoticed by police and political leaders. Alberta's government has added more treatment beds for addicts and victims of overdoses.
Edmonton Sun, 12 Feb 2017 - RCMP report success with naloxone kits While emergency medical personnel respond to the bulk of drug overdose calls, RCMP and municipal police are increasingly drawn into the fray as the opioid crisis continues to take its toll on Alberta.
Globe and Mail, 11 Feb 2017 - Sixteen years after Vancouver formally adopted a 'four pillars' approach to drug strategy, the city - and the province - finds itself in the grip of an overdose crisis, Andrea Woo writes Melody Cooper throws a purple ball across the well-worn grass at the East Vancouver dog park, sending her dog, Squeak, bounding across the field. The Jack Russell-poodle cross is wearing a camouflage coat, pulled taut by a belly that jiggles with each bound.
London Free Press, 11 Feb 2017 - Regarding the article "Set up safe needle site in London, study says" (Feb. 9). If London is going ahead with safe injection sites why do we not get a doctor or nurse practitioner to run it with the goal of weaning these people off the drug?