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Published: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:55:36 -0700

Last Build Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:10:01 GMT


CN MB: Editorial: Pallister's Pot-Postponement Problem

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Winnipeg Free Press, 20 Jul 2017 - PREMIER Brian Pallister has shown great determination for tightening Manitoba's belt. But he's had less success finding new revenue to fatten the province's wallet. For a premier who has unleashed a wide array of tough-love measures he says are necessary to return Manitoba to fiscal stability, Mr. Pallister has been surprisingly quiet about legalized marijuana as a potentially rich source of new revenue.

CN NF: Column: Smoke Signals

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Advertiser, 20 Jul 2017 - In my boyhood days it was not uncommon to see, in an American Western movie, a US Cavalry officer look concerned at the sight of smoke signals on the trail ahead. Smoke signals often meant a battle was about to happen with the usual loser being - the Indians, of course!

US PA: Editorial: Stop Opioids From Being Delivered By The U.s Postal

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Philadelphia Daily News, 17 Jul 2017 - Within the murky online corners of the so-called Dark Net, drug dealers emphasize the best way to send their goods across the United States is not via FedEx, UPS, or another private mail carrier, but through the U.S Postal Service. Last year, up to 59,000 opioid-related deaths occurred, making those narcotics the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. Many of the deaths were attributed to synthetic opioids, which have flooded the market through mail orders from China using USPS.

US KY: Oped: Ky.'s New Opioid Law Will Only Result In More Death

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Lexington Herald-Leader, 16 Jul 2017 - As the death toll from opioid overdoses in Kentucky and the rest of the Midwest continues to soar, it's truly disconcerting to see that policymakers are taking steps that are not only devoid of medical and common sense, but virtually guaranteed to make matters worse. The recent passage of the ill-conceived House Bill 333, which imposes a three-day limit (with certain exceptions) on opioid prescribing, reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the reasons behind the addiction epidemic.

US MI: Oped: In Easing Chronic Pain, Marijuana May Be A Better Choice

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Detroit Free Press, 16 Jul 2017 - Chronic pain is a tremendous public health problem. The Institute of Medicine estimates chronic pain affects 100 million Americans at an estimated annual cost of $600 billion. But the rampant use of opioids to treat chronic pain stands out as the least-defensible and most-harmful of our maltreatments. Many U.S. physicians remain resistant to this, though I would argue other options should be considered. More than 14,000 Americans died in 2014 from unintentional overdose of prescription opioids, making this the leading cause of death among younger individuals in many states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Countless others continue to take opioids not because they have meaningful pain and functional improvement, but because they enjoy feeling numbed, or simply have not been presented with more appropriate and helpful therapeutic options.

CN SN: Column: Drug Talk Now A Family Essential

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Prince Albert Daily Herald, 15 Jul 2017 - The lethal danger of fentanyl is becoming well-known. No one knows precisely how many people die per year in Canada from opioid overdoses. Last year, there were 922 opioid overdose deaths in B.C. alone, and more than 340 overdose deaths in Alberta were specifically from fentanyl. While Saskatchewan numbers are much smaller and their official count is unclear at this point, the drug's lethal toll may well be on the rise in this province as well; it is clearing coming east from the coast and from Alberta. Fentanyl is a pain killer, once used solely in veterinary treatment of large animals. It is an opiate, used effectively by medical specialists, especially surgeons, but used inappropriately, it is very dangerous. Unfortunately the drug is also used illicitly as a mood-modifying, recreational drug. It is often used unknowingly by youth, or with careless abandon on an experimental basis, after being acquired on its own through illicit street transactions or laced into other drugs. It is also used by intensely addicted individuals living a lifestyle expressing an intention of gradual suicide.

US: Column: The Crisis In Americaas Crime Labs

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Ottawa Sun, 16 Jul 2017 - Junk science endangers lives. Forensic junk science in the hands of overzealous prosecutors, ignorant police detectives and reckless experts threatens liberty. There is a crisis in America's government-run crime labs - and it's not just the result of a few rogue operators. The problem is long-festering and systemic.

CN BC: Editorial: Victoria Drops The Hammer Again On Pot Regulation

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Oak Bay News, 14 Jul 2017 - A decision to increase the minimum distance between marijuana dispensaries in Victoria, as part of the rezoning and business licensing process for such shops, was no doubt applauded by many. It seems this creating of a larger buffer zone - from 200 to 400 metres between shops - at an earlier point in the process could have helped avoid the proliferation of such outlets, which sprung up in virtually every neighbourhood in very short order.

CN BC: Column: Why Addicts Still Play Russian Roulette With Fentanyl

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Vancouver 24hours, 11 Jul 2017 - "People doing drugs now are dope-sick and it's so painful, you'd rather die." - Constance Barnes, Overdose Prevention Society The day you read this column, four people in British Columbia will die of a drug overdose, two-thirds due to the powerful opioid fentanyl.