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Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:57:27 -0800

Last Build Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:10:02 GMT

 



CN ON: Editorial: Chief Shows Sterner Stuff Than Mayor

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

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."



CN ON: Column: Is Gay Village On Edge?

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Toronto 24hours, 09 Jan 2017 - We're navigating such tricky times, economically, politically and socially. Discord isn't just rampant on a global level - we're out of harmony even in our own backyards. This week, in my backyard, which happens to be in the heart of Toronto's LGBT community, many are understandably outraged following the physical assault of a young gay man on Church Street, sacred ground and assumed safe space for LGBT people for decades.



Canada: Column: A New Plague, An Old Prejudice

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

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.



CN ON: Column: Injection Sites Critical To Battling Opioid Crisis

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Northern News, 07 Jan 2017 - One of the most important and pressing challenges of 2017 will be Canada's response to opioid addiction. The sheer scale of overdoses from heroin and other opioids has already led British Columbia to declare a public health emergency, and the crisis is sweeping east. Fentanyl has washed over the West Coast like a deadly tsunami. The synthetic opioid can be up to 100 times more potent than morphine. It's not just hardened addicts who are dying. Overdose deaths have spiked among occasional drug users, with fentanyl detected in street drugs ranging from heroin to marijuana.



CN BC: Editorial: Has The Time Come For A New Approach To Addiction

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Chilliwack Progress, 11 Jan 2017 - The bold suggestion by a Chilliwack emergency physician to provide prescription heroin and a safe place to consume opiates sparked much discussion last week. However, the suggestion by Dr. Marc Greidanus is nothing new.



CN AB: Column: Green Path The Wrong One

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Edmonton Sun, 11 Jan 2017 - Prime Minister Trudeau's pot legalization plan bad for the country's young people Last summer the Trudeau government established a task force to study marijuana legalization and regulation. Their mandate was to consult with Canadians about developing a framework for legal access to marijuana (cannabis).



US MD: OPED: Opioid Abuse Cause For Pause Among Physicians

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Baltimore Sun, 11 Jan 2017 - Op-ed: Physician anesthesiologists can help fight opioid abuse. The opioid dilemma puts pressure on every physician to pause and reflect. Physician anesthesiologists are dedicated to providing pain relief in the safest manner possible, which includes prescribing and managing opioid therapy when medical conditions warrant. What we face now is too many tragic instances of patients emerging from pain treatment regimens only to see their lives destroyed later through addiction.



CN ON: Column: Injection Sites Critical To Battling Opioid Crisis

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Northumberland Today, 07 Jan 2017 - One of the most important and pressing challenges of 2017 will be Canada's response to opioid addiction. The sheer scale of overdoses from heroin and other opioids has already led British Columbia to declare a public health emergency, and the crisis is sweeping east. Fentanyl has washed over the West Coast like a deadly tsunami. The synthetic opioid can be up to 100 times more potent than morphine. It's not just hardened addicts who are dying. Overdose deaths have spiked among occasional drug users, with fentanyl detected in street drugs ranging from heroin to marijuana.



CN ON: Editorial: Get Them Open, Get It Done Fast

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Toronto Star, 08 Jan 2017 - No city in the country would want to be in Vancouver's shoes right now. The municipality is in the midst of an illicit-drug-overdose epidemic that killed 128 people in November alone - an average of more than four deaths a day. Indeed, in the first 11 months of last year, the overdose crisis was responsible for 755 deaths, up 70 per cent from the same period in 2015, with some addicts actually overdosing multiple times a day.