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Published: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:36:41 -0800

Last Build Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 19:10:02 GMT


US: Editorial: Mr. Obama's Chance To Show Mercy

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 07 Dec 2016 - The Constitution gives presidents nearly unlimited authority to grant pardons and commute sentences - decisions that no future administration can reverse. Unfortunately, for most of his presidency, Barack Obama treated mercy as an afterthought. Even as thousands of men and women endured outrageously long sentences for low-level, nonviolent drug offenses as a result of the nation's misguided drug war, Mr. Obama granted relief to only a tiny handful. In the last two years, however, Mr. Obama has changed course. In 2014 he directed the Justice Department to systematically review cases of people serving out sentences that would be far shorter had they been convicted under new, more lenient sentencing laws.

Canada: Panel Says Ottawa Must Monitor How Legal Pot Could Hurt Or

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Globe and Mail, 08 Dec 2016 - Federal report expected to recommend a regime to measure impact of legalization A federal panel reporting to Ottawa on the next steps toward legalizing marijuana is expected to call for a comprehensive regime to monitor the impacts of bringing the substance out of the shadows and into the mainstream. And that could make Canada the world's first national case study on the dangers - and potential benefits - of cannabis when the drug becomes legal, some of the country's leading drug researchers say.

CN NF: Starting The Conversation

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

The Pilot, 07 Dec 2016 - Drug awareness session held for parents in the Lewisporte area You could hear a pin drop. Retired RCMP officer Harold Nippard was addressing a crowd of about 60 parents at a drug awareness session at Lewisporte Collegiate on Nov. 28. The parents were of students from Grades 5-12.

CN BC: Column: Support Available For Drug Users

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Saanich News, 30 Nov 2016 - On April 14, 2016 the B.C. Ministry of Health announced the number of drug-related overdoses in the province had become a public health emergency, citing 474 preventable overdose deaths in British Columbia in 2015. In the six months that followed, they collected more data about overdoses (both fatal and non-fatal) and tried to proactively warn people about risks. During that same period, hundreds more died of illicit drug overdoses - 622 in the first 10 months of 2016, with at least 60 per cent of those directly linked to fentanyl.

CN MB: Column: Keeping Watch, Saving Lives

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Winnipeg Free Press, 25 Nov 2016 - Opioid crisis draws attention to supervised drug-use sites, but Manitoba's not interested - so far A DECADE ago, fentanyl, the killer synthetic opioid that can be 100 times more potent than morphine, was a relatively unknown drug. Today, it's everywhere - and it's at the heart of a national crisis claiming the lives of hundreds of Canadians.

CN BC: Column: Prohibition Won't Solve Overdose Epidemic, But Safer

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

The Daily Courier, 27 Nov 2016 - Suppose 700 people died in a terrorist attack. Would you shrug it off because it didn't happen near you? Suppose 700 people died from a toxic chemical sprayed on farm vegetables. Would you still expect to see those vegetables for sale at your local supermarket? Not * likely!

US: If The Doctor Orders Marijuana, Will Insurers Pay?

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 23 Nov 2016 - Early this year, a disabled former automobile body worker named Greg Vialpando explained to lawmakers in New Mexico how medical marijuana helped his chronic back pain. State legislators were considering a bill backed by workers' compensation insurers that would have exempted them from paying for medical marijuana. But Mr. Vialpando and another patient described how smoking the drug let them escape years of stupor caused by powerful prescription narcotic drugs known as opioids.

CN ON: Saving Lives During Opioid Crisis

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Winnipeg Free Press, 19 Nov 2016 - Politicians, policy-makers discuss ways to prevent overdoses OTTAWA - As people continue to die from overdoses, health experts, policy-makers and grief-stricken family members brainstormed Friday on a battle plan to take on Canada's opioid-abuse epidemic.

CN SN: Fentanyl, Meth Use Rising

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Moose Jaw Times-Herald, 18 Nov 2016 - Police are seeing more fentanyl and crystal meth cases in the city and some locals have overdosed on fentanyl, they say. "Prior to, you know, within the last year, 2016, fentanyl really didn't exist here," said Moose Jaw Police Deputy Chief Cliff Froehlich.