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Published: Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:03:50 -0700

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CN ON: Column: Opioid crisis in Peterborough: Overdose Prevention

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMT

The Peterborough Examiner, 13 Mar 2018 - In 2018 we find ourselves battling an opioid crisis that has been years in the making. Opioids are drugs that act on the nervous system to relieve pain and were originally derived from opium but now also include synthetic preparations. In the mid-1990s, their use by physicians was heavily promoted by the pharmaceutical industry, leading to greater prescribing for both acute and chronic pain. Patients using opioids can develop a dependency or addiction.

US PA: Legalized Pot In New Jersey - Not So Fast

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Philadelphia Daily News, 09 Mar 2018 - When New Jersey State Sen. Nicholas Scutari introduced a 62-page bill and primer on how to legalize marijuana almost one year ago, he chuckled when asked if it had a prayer of passing. The legal sale of recreational marijuana had not yet begun in any other East Coast state, and yes, Chris Christie, the Republican governor at the time, had threatened a veto.

CN AB: Support For Marijuana Is Divided In Poll Of Local Contentious

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Lethbridge Herald, 07 Mar 2018 - With legal recreational marijuana in the wings, Lethbridge remains divided on its use. The latest survey of city residents shows an even 50-50 split when asked if they support legalization. But support is up from 43.9 per cent in 2016 and 46.6 per cent last year, as reported by the Citizen Society Research Lab at Lethbridge College.

CN ON: Smuggling, Ods Flag Growing Opioid Agony At Troubled Jail

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 08:00:00 GMT

London Free Press, 08 Mar 2018 - Deadly fentanyl is tightening its grip on London's jail, with reports of several female inmates overdosing early this week, one needing five doses of naloxone spray to be revived. Twice in the last week, large amounts were found on women trying to smuggle the druginto the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC), sources say.

US KY: Oped: It's Time To Legalize Medical Marijuana In Kentucky

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Lexington Herald-Leader, 07 Mar 2018 - For years, Kentucky veterans have approached us with a question that has no good answer: "Why are my comrades in other states able to treat PTSD and pain with medical cannabis while I cannot?" Frustrated and confused, these men and women struggle daily with the effects of post-traumatic stress triggered by the horrors of war and chronic pain from injuries suffered in combat.

CN ON: Column: To Reduce Stigma, Increase Research

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Hamilton Spectator, 06 Mar 2018 - Medical cannabis take-up hampered by lack of research and red tape I picked up a View magazine while I was waiting for the bus a few weeks back. There was an article on the 15 or so uses of cannabis, so after I caught up with CATCH (Citizens at City Hall), I turned to the article on cannabis looking for some useful information.

US: For All Their Risks, Opioids Had No Pain-Relieving Advantage

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 06 Mar 2018 - For years, doctors turned to opioid painkillers as a first-line treatment for chronic back pain and aches in the joints. Even as the dangers of addiction and overdoses became more clear, the drugs' pain-relieving benefits were still thought to justify their risks. Now researchers have hard data that challenges this view.

US CA: Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Kratom Hits San Diego Area

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 03 Mar 2018 - A San Diego County resident is among 40 people nationwide to become infected with salmonella bacteria linked to kratom, the controversial tropical herb that many have begun using to treat opioid addiction despite an import ban from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to the county Health and Human Services Agency, a 44-year-old, whose gender and city of residence were not released, became ill in January.

US: Oped: Balance On Cannabis May Lead To Answers On Opioids

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 03 Mar 2018 - The United States is the midst of an opioid crisis. Ninety Americans die each day from opioid overdoses on prescription opioids, heroin, or fentanyl, and Massachusetts has not been spared. Many states are using the best available tools to battle the crisis, with an eye on developing better science and policy to put an end to the crisis. As more states implement either medical or legalized recreational cannabis policies, they should consider whether cannabis can play a role in the opioid crisis. The evidence suggests that it might. For years, patients with chronic pain have reported that medical cannabis reduces the need to manage their pain with opioids. This anecdotal evidence is supported by a growing body of literature published in top scientific journals, including Health Affairs and the American Journal of Public Health. The scientific rationale for a relationship between cannabis and opioids is not new - cannabinoid and opioid receptors affect common brain pathways for pain and addiction.