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New Zealand: OPED: Combative Stance on Drug Use Part of Problem

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:00
New Zealand Herald, 12 Apr 2016 - COMBATIVE STANCE ON DRUG USE PART OF PROBLEM Nation's leaders need to follow Peter Dunne's example and see problem as a health issue first and foremost, write Dr Lance O'Sullivan and Tuari Potiki

CN AB: Chief Concerns

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 09 Apr 2016 - Edmonton's Top Cop Addresses Some of City's Key Problems If a safe injection site for IV drug users reduces crime and helps people get to a better place in their lives, Edmonton police Chief Rod Knecht says he would throw his full weight behind it.

US CA: Column: Warped To This Day

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 07:00
Anderson Valley Advertiser, 06 Apr 2016 - "Nixon's Drug War Was (and Still is) a Racist Tool to Disrupt and Neutralize Black Communities" was the headline of an article published this week by Melissa Franqui, communications director of the Drug Policy Alliance. She was literally stating a half-truth. Her hook was a comment made in 1994 by John Ehrlichman, a top Nixon aide who had done time for his role in the Watergate cover-up, to a very good journalist named Dan Baum. Baum had used the quote at the time, Dr. Sunil Aggarwal cited it in a scholarly article in 2012 (and I cited it, too), but Ehrlichman's blunt confession remained below the radar until Baum recounted it in the new issue of Harpers: "I started to ask Ehrlichman a series of earnest, wonky questions that he impatiently waved away. "You want to know what this was really all about?" he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. "The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people.

CN BC: Narcan On Heaven's Door: How To Save A Life

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 07:00
The Now, 07 Apr 2016 - NARCAN ON HEAVEN'S DOOR: HOW TO SAVE A LIFE Holding the addict's hand as he overdosed isn't what hit Erin Schulte the hardest. It was the way he smelled.

CN BC: Mayor Urges Public Patience As Bullets Keep Flying

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 07:00
The Now, 07 Apr 2016 - SURREY - Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner is confident that "this too shall pass." She is of course referring to the relentless shooting spree that continued in Surrey this week. As of Wednesday morning there had been 32 shooting incidents since Jan. 1.

US CA: OPED: Marijuana Pipe Dreams And The Election

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 11 Apr 2016 - There is a wise old adage which reads, "Be careful what you wish for, you may just get it." That message certainly applies to the proposed initiatives on the ballot later this year to legalize the use of recreational marijuana in California. Voters in California passed Proposition 215 almost 20 years ago, and only recently has this state established a viable method for making this product available for those who have a legitimate medical need. Recreational use, however, is an entirely different matter.

US NY: Column: A Mother's Cry for More Compassion From Police

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 07:00
Daily Freeman, 09 Apr 2016 - When it comes to the epidemic of African-Americans dying at the hands of police, people who are asked to consider the issue often get stuck on whether the person in question had it coming. What was he or she doing at the time? Running away? Resisting arrest? And if so, doesn't that prove he or she was guilty of something?

US VA: 'It's More Than Just an Addiction - It's A Disease.'

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 07:00
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10 Apr 2016 - Brian Coddington, 29, relapsed two weeks into another second chance last month. Chesterfield Sheriff Karl Leonard rejects criticism of the jail's drug programas being soft on crime. He was out on bond and in a recovery program, awaiting a court date in Chesterfield County on charges stemming from his heroin addiction.

US CA: OPED: Rebels In The War On Drugs

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr 2016 - The Decades-Old Consensus Built on Punishment Is Crumbling. Once a decade, the United Nations organizes a meeting where every country in the world comes together to figure out what to do about drugs - and up to now, they've always pledged to wage a relentless war, to fight until the planet is "drug-free." They've consistently affirmed U.N. treaties written in the 1960s and 1970s, mainly by the United States, which require every country to arrest and imprison their way out of drug-related problems.

CN BC: Alcohol Consumption, Drug Overdoses On Rise

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 07:00
Cowichan Valley Citizen, 08 Apr 2016 - There were 41 alcohol-related deaths in the Lake Cowichan area in 2013, and another 35 in the Cowichan Valley area in the same year. Paul Hasselback, medical health officer for central Vancouver Island, also told Duncan's city council earlier this week that alcohol consumption is increasing in the region, and across Vancouver Island.

US CA: California's First Marijuana Czar

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 09 Apr 2016 - Lori Ajax Will Oversee the State's First System for Regulating Medical Cannabis. but She Faces a Moving Target. SACRAMENTO - Lori Ajax has two years to set up California's first system to license, regulate and tax medical marijuana. Gov. Jerry Brown recently appointed the Republican to become the first chief of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation.

US FL: OPED: DEA Should Reclassify Marijuana

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 09 Apr 2016 - Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is classified as a schedule 1 drug, which means it has no medicinal value and is highly addictive. But the Drug Enforcement Administration is, once again, considering moving it to a less restrictive category that better reflects both its danger and the undeniable facts on the ground - that nearly half the states in the nation allow the use of cannabis for medical purposes, and several allow it to be used recreationally. The DEA told lawmakers that it intends to make a decision by July. The schedule 1 designation for marijuana has been a ludicrously restrictive classification since it was imposed in 1970, lumping cannabis in with heroin and LSD. The DEA has twice considered and rejected requests to reclassify the drug over the last two decades. The last time was in 2011. Frankly, a change is long overdue.

US CO: Pot Sales Heal Woes Of Colo. Town

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 09 Apr 2016 - Things Looked Bleak When Oil Prices Dropped DeBEQUE, Colo. - When the oil and gas industry tanked and plans for gambling fizzled out, this conservative town of ranchers and roughnecks found salvation in an unlikely place. Weed. "We are going to survive by it," said Darrel Kuhn, who owns the local liquor store, "because we sure as hell can't survive without it." Hemay be right. Colorado's billion-dollar marijuana industry has boosted the economies of many struggling towns. Empire, Trinidad and Parachute have all benefited from infusions of pot money.

CN BC: Cannabis Oil Saving Grace

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 07:00
The Morning Star, 06 Apr 2016 - Cheryl Pearson has never smoked pot. Given just months to live after finally receiving a diagnosis of stage four ovarian cancer, the Lake Country resident was at first against the use of medicinal marijuana in her treatment. But after a tumultuous ride through Canada's medical system, which for nearly four years had misdiagnosed the reasons behind the rapid decline in her health, the impairment of her motor skills and the loss of use of her bodily functions, Pearson is now a believer in medicinal marijuana.

CN ON: OPED: If You Build Injection Sites, They Will Come

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 09 Apr 2016 - The federal government has provided guidelines in regards to needle injection sites. Prior to being given the exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, an organization that wishes to operate an injection site is obliged to engage several public stakeholders. A term often employed is that of "safe" injection site, an ironic term that can hardly be applied to consuming heroin. The more appropriate term for an injection site is "supervised."

CN BC: Surrey Mayor Calls for New Prosecution Rules Following

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 08 Apr 2016 - A wave of gang-related shootings in Surrey has prompted the city's mayor to propose changing the rules for criminal prosecution to get more accused gunmen before the courts. Linda Hepner's suggestion Thursday came amid a wave of drug-related shootings in British Columbia's second-largest city - more than 30 for 2016 - that have alarmed the public. At least nine people have been injured in the shootings and one killed, according to media reports.

CN ON: Top Doc Offers His Insight

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 08 Apr 2016 - Levy Backs Safe Injection Program Ottawa's medical officer of health says supervised injection services save lives. Dr. Isra Levy issued a statement late Thursday in response to the roiling debate triggered by the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre's proposal to open a safe injection site in the basement of its downtown facility.

US CA: Column: Doctors Paved Road To Hell With Pain Pills

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 09 Apr 2016 - Now that deaths from opioid overdose exceed those from car crashes, the medical community has come to recognize an error of historic proportions. In 2014, U.S. doctors wrote 245 million prescriptions for Vicodin, OxyContin, and other painkillers in the highly addictive family of opium derivatives known as opioids. That practice spares many patients from pain following accidents or surgery, but the cost is more than 20,000 deaths a year. In the past, drug addiction was viewed more as criminal behavior than as a medical condition, said Nora Volkow, who heads the National Institute on Drug Abuse. "But what we are facing now is the responsibility of the health care system," she said. "We created this epidemic and we have to be responsible to overturn it."

Canada: Pharmacists See Role In Dispensing Cannabis

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 08 Apr 2016 - A pharmacists' group that initially nixed the idea of dispensing medical cannabis has changed its stance, saying that pharmacists should play a "front-line role" in providing access to the drug. The Canadian Pharmacists Association says it has updated its position because of its growing concern about what it calls a "lack of clinical oversight" in the use of medical marijuana.

CN ON: Column: Harm Reduction An Orwellian Response

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 08 Apr 2016 - The concept of harm reduction is the basis of the proposed Ottawa insite. Harm reduction might sound like a relatively mundane idea - providing an environment that renders intrinsically dangerous acts and habits safer - but its amplification and application over the past decade has made harm reduction a synonym for addiction facilitation.

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