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US WA: Column: Turkeys Of The Year

Mon, 11/25/2024 - 08:00
Seattle Weekly, 25 Nov 2024 - Time to reveal this year's cannabis turkeys-the fattest, most frivolous, flapping, dumb-ass ideas in need of being stuffed, baked, and smoked once and for all. Let's start with a turkey large enough for the whole family, and by that I mean Gov. Chris Christie. He not only had the nerve to call cannabis a gateway drug, but said potheads lack restraint (ahem). "If I'm elected president I will go after marijuana smokers and the states that allow them to smoke," he said. "I'll shut them down big-time. I'm sick of these addicts, sick of these liberals with no self-control." Governor GobbleGobble got in one more zinger on the campaign trail: "If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it," Christie lectured a small crowd last month. "As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws." Don't hold your breath, Guv. Well, unless you inhaled, of course.

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CN ON: Waste Needles Make Point

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:00
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.

CN BC: Westside To Rein In Pot Shops

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:00
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.

Canada: Patients Question Safety Of Medical Marijuana In Wake Of

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:00
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.

CN ON: Column: Canada's Opioid Crisis Is Here, And It's Real

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:00
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.

CN BC: City Prohibits Marijuana, But Not Medical Clinic

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:00
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.

US: OPED: LSD To Cure Depression?

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:00
New York Times, 13 Feb 2017 - Psychedelics, the fabled enlightenment drugs of the '60s, are making a comeback - this time as medical treatment. A recent study claimed that psilocybin, a mushroom-derived hallucinogenic, relieves anxiety and depression in people with life-threatening cancer. Anecdotal reports have said similar things about so-called microdoses of LSD.

CN AB: Editorial: Co-ordinated Action Needed On Opioids

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:00
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.

CN AB: Equipped To Respond

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:00
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.

Canada: OPED: How To Fight The Fentanyl Epidemic

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:00
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.

New Zealand: Medical Cannabis Change Welcomed By Northland

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:00
New Zealand Herald, 12 Feb 2017 - Moves to make it easier for patients to get cannabis-based medication for pain relief or symptom control have been welcomed by Northland's medical marijuana campaigners. However, some say the change doesn't go far enough or do anything to help patients to pay for medical cannabis.

CN ON: Probe Uncovers More Flawed Cases In Motherisk 'Fiasco'

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 07 Feb 2017 - Investigators ID 24 instances of dubious testing that led to children being taken from families A probe of child protection files involving flawed drug and alcohol hair tests performed by the Hospital for Sick Children's Motherisk lab has now identified 24 cases in which the results were a key factor in removing children from their families.

CN AB: Locals Training In Fentanyl Overdose Prevention

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 08:00
Lethbridge Herald, 09 Feb 2017 - Several initiatives to combat opioid crisis Expanding access to life-saving naloxone to fight fentanyl overdoses across Alberta will save lives, but more still needs to be done to combat the crisis.

CN BC: Overdose Prevention Units To Open By End Of March

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 08:00
The Daily Courier, 09 Feb 2017 - In response to the growing drug overdose problem, Interior Health will establish a mobile overdose prevention unit in Kelowna this spring. In January, IH announced its plan to apply for an exemption from Health Canada to operate a mobile supervised injection site.

CN ON: Set Up Safe Needle Site In London, Study Says

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 08:00
London Free Press, 09 Feb 2017 - A startling dissection of drug use in London - with the personal illnesses and public ills exposed - has laid on the table a compelling case for a supervised injection site in the city. But the sticky questions of exactly where the site or sites should go, whether the city can take the other steps necessary to make a site worthwhile, and how crystal meth and fentanyl will play a role remain unanswered.

CN AB: Calgary Cops Push For Nasal Naloxone

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 08:00
The Calgary Sun, 09 Feb 2017 - Calgary cops are hoping the province will ante up for the nasal version of drug designed to combat fentanyl overdoses. A day after Alberta associate health Minister brandy Payne announced a ministerial order that would allow first responders to use an injectable version of naloxone, which helps control symptoms of fentanyl and other opioids, the city's police force asked the province to consider helping cover costs of the nasal variant, already in use.

CN ON: Edu: Students Weigh In On Minimum Age For Marijuana

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 08:00
The Charlatan, 09 Feb 2017 - Carleton students shared their opinions on upcoming pot regulations, Sarah Macfarlane wrote. The federal government is on track to legalize marijuana later this year, which has some people debating the minimum age one should be able to use and possess the drug legally.

CN ON: Injection Sites Encouraged

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 08:00
The Chronicle-Journal, 08 Feb 2017 - Even though supervised injection services have been deemed feasible for Thunder Bay, many questions need to be answered before a facility - - or possibly two - can become a reality. The results of a Supervised Injection Services feasibility study were presented Tuesday. The study recommends the city consider establishing at least two sites in Thunder Bay, one in each of the north and south cores.

CN BC: Mobile Outreach On The Way

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 08:00
Kelowna Capital News, 09 Feb 2017 - Long before a mobile injection site is approved by Health Canada, Kelowna will see a rollingoutreach unit open its doors to drug users. "We will move ahead with establishing mobile units to provide other types of services, such as outreach, opioid agonist therapy, primary care nursing and wound care," said Dr. Trevor Corneil,chief medical officer with Interior Health, explaining that these services do not need to be sanctioned by the feds.

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