Items tagged with opioids

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Why the Drug User Liberation Front gave out free, checked drugs in Vancouver [11.08.2020] The Drug User Liberation Front, a Vancouver-based activist group, made a serious statement on June 23. During a protest in the city’s Downtown Eastsi ...
‘Does anyone care?’: B.C. overdose deaths hit record high for second consecutive month [17.07.2020] This time, at least 175 people died. The victims include a soccer goalie who had just celebrated his 26th birthday, a cheerful young volunteer at an ...
Secret US drug injection site shows how supervision could save lives [08.07.2020] For five years, a secret supervised drug injection site has operated in the US, allowing drug users to inject more than 10,000 times in a sterile, pr ...
Supervised consumption sites save Alberta money: University of Calgary study [25.06.2020] A study from the University of Calgary has concluded the Calgary supervised consumption site is saving the province money. The study looked at the co ...
B.C. records highest number of fatal overdoses in a single month, with 170 deaths [11.06.2020] The BC Coroners Service said 170 people died of an illicit drug overdose in May, the highest total ever recorded for a single month in provincial his ...
B.C. moves to 'safe supply' as overdose deaths spike during COVID-19 pandemic [12.05.2020] The new guidelines were announced in late March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic — concerns about the drug supply becoming even further adulterat ...
The opioid epidemic was already a national crisis. Covid-19 could be making things worse [07.05.2020] Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the nation was in the throes of another public health crisis: the opioid epidemic. More than 2 million Americans strugg ...
Advocates call safe drug supply a victory but worry about logistics in pandemic [06.04.2020] Advocates say it took a pandemic for steps forward in the call for a safe supply of drugs for people dealing with substance use problems and there’s ...
Opioid vending machine opens in Vancouver [17.02.2020] A vending machine for powerful opioids has opened in Canada as part of a project to help fight the Canadian city’s overdose crisis. The MySafe projec ...
Tainted drugs are fuelling Thunder Bay's opioid deaths, say advocates. They want a safe supply to fight it [08.01.2020] Inside the only supervised injection site in Thunder Bay, Ont., nurse practitioner Josh Fraser has reversed so many opioid overdoses that he says the ...
Opioids, pot and criminal justice reform helped undermine this decade's War on Drugs [29.12.2019] This much we know: Americans like to do drugs. That might explain why a prescient headline in the satirical publication The Onion stands as one of th ...
Canada’s opioid crisis: The people and communities fighting for change and finding solutions [23.12.2019] The drug crisis has claimed thousands of lives in Canada, with no communities spared. Now, many are banding together to speak up and find solutions. ...
Legalizing cannabis linked to less opioid prescriptions [17.12.2019] There are less opioid prescriptions on average in U.S. states where medical and recreational marijuana are legal, research has revealed. Access to re ...
Could cannabis be a 'silver bullet' in the fight against the opioid crisis? [24.11.2019] A new study suggests cannabis could be a safer and more effective substitute for opioids in the treatment of chronic pain, but can it help fight the ...
Vancouver pilots new fentanyl-patch program to combat opioid crisis [13.11.2019] A Vancouver physician is prescribing fentanyl to patients with opioid-use disorder in the latest effort by the medical community to curb overdose dea ...
Canada’s drug crisis has a solution. Politicians don’t like it [29.09.2019] A recent study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Addiction, found that a trio of policies adopted to combat the opioid overdose epidemic saved, ...
US attack on WHO 'hindering morphine drive in poor countries' [18.09.2019] An attack on the World Health Organization (WHO) by US politicians accusing it of being corrupted by drug companies is making it even more difficult ...
Boom in overdose-reversing drug is tied to fewer drug deaths [06.08.2019] Prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are soaring, and experts say that could be a reason overdose deaths have stopped rising for the ...
California bill to create ‘safe injection sites’ in San Francisco clears Assembly [23.05.2019] A bill that would allow San Francisco city officials to open facilities where people can inject drugs without legal consequences cleared the state As ...
Without safe injection sites, more opioid users will die [23.05.2019] Ontario is undoubtedly in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis. From January to September 2018, an incredible 1,031 Ontarians died of an overdose. ...
How to legalize every drug [22.05.2019] As Canada continues to work out the kinks of legalizing cannabis—and jurisdictions around the world follow suit—harm reduction advocates and drug pol ...
Purdue Pharma accused of 'corrupting' WHO to boost global opioid sales [22.05.2019] Purdue Pharma, the drug manufacturer that kickstarted the US opioid epidemic, corruptly influenced the World Health Organization in order to boost pa ...
Study finds CBD effective in treating heroin addiction [21.05.2019] Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive ingredient in hemp and marijuana, could treat opioid addiction, a new study says. Given to patients with heroin add ...
Drug company founder convicted of bribing doctors with money, strippers to sell more Fentanyl [02.05.2019] A pharmaceutical company founder accused of paying doctors millions of dollars in bribes to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray was convicted ...
B.C.’s chief health officer calls for decriminalization of illicit drugs [24.04.2019] British Columbia’s top public health officer is urging the province to decriminalize people who use and possess small amounts of illicit drugs in the ...
Tens of thousands of Americans die each year from opioid overdoses [23.02.2019] Drugs now kill about 70,000 Americans every year—more than car crashes or guns (both 39,000), more than AIDS did at the height of its epidemic (42,00 ...
Sell regulated heroin to drug users to reduce overdose deaths: B.C. group [21.02.2019] Heroin addicts should be granted access to a clean supply of the drug provided through “compassion clubs” similar to those that provide medical marij ...
Legalize pot? Amid opioid crisis, some New Hampshire leaders say no way [20.02.2019] The push to legalize recreational marijuana is sweeping the Northeast: Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine have done it, and the governors of Rhode Isla ...
Why Europe has dodged America's fentanyl crisis [07.02.2019] A perfect storm of conditions over the last decade led to the current fentanyl epidemic in the US. It began with rising social deprivation and excess ...
Safer opioids actively being reviewed for epidemic: chief public health officer [12.12.2018] Public health officials across Canada are seriously considering increasing the supply of safer opioids to quell a crisis that newly released data sho ...
Trump says China will curtail fentanyl. The U.S. has heard that before [03.12.2018] China vows to stem the supply of the powerful opioid fentanyl flowing into the United States. It pledges to target exports of fentanyl-related substa ...
Oxycodone overdoses in the Netherlands soar as prescriptions rise [24.08.2018] The number of people overdosing on the powerful painkiller oxycodone in the Netherlands has gone up six fold in ten years, according to figures by to ...
Fentanyl use drove drug overdose deaths to a record high in 2017, CDC estimates [15.08.2018] Drug overdose deaths surpassed 72,000 in 2017, according to provisional estimates recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...
Most in US think cannabis has health benefits, despite lack of data – study [23.07.2018] Americans believe marijuana is helpful in treating a variety of health problems despite a lack of available evidence. A survey published in the Annal ...
Misuse of opioids such as tramadol and fentanyl is 'global epidemic', report finds [27.06.2018] The misuse of pharmaceutical opioids is fast becoming a “global epidemic”, with the largest quantities being seized in African countries for the seco ...
China says United States domestic opioid market the crux of crisis [25.06.2018] China’s drug control agency said the United States should do more to cut its demand for opioids to tackle the use of synthetic drug fentanyl, but it ...
Origins of an epidemic: Purdue Pharma knew its opioids were widely abused [29.05.2018] Purdue Pharma, the company that planted the seeds of the opioid epidemic through its aggressive marketing of OxyContin, has long claimed it was unawa ...
Withdrawing from drug treaties over legal pot would be a ‘mistake’: Freeland [01.05.2018] Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is defending the Liberal government’s decision not to withdraw from three international drug treaties, whi ...
Beijing asks Canada to help stem flow of illicit marijuana to China [30.04.2018] Chinese officials have been quietly grilling Canada about illicit marijuana flowing to their country, prompting Ottawa to agree to work with them on ...
An opioid crisis foretold [21.04.2018] Today’s opioid crisis is already the deadliest drug epidemic in American history. Opioid overdoses killed more than 45,000 people in the 12 months th ...
Opioids prescribed less in states where medical marijuana legal, studies find [02.04.2018] In one study, researchers at the University of Georgia, Athens, used data from Medicare Part D, a government-run prescription drug program for people ...
Daily cannabis use could delay at-risk youth from moving to higher risk drug use: study [29.03.2018] Consuming cannabis every day could delay at-risk youth from moving on to injecting more dangerous drugs, according to a new study that casts doubt up ...
Vancouver mayor calls for drug decriminalization after record year for opioid overdoses [28.03.2018] Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is calling for the decriminalization of personal drug use and possession following the release of new numbers that s ...
The war on drugs breeds crafty traffickers [26.03.2018] Politicians often escalate drug war rhetoric to show voters that they are doing something. But it is rare to ignore generations of lessons as Preside ...
Trump calls for death penalties for drug dealers as focus of opioids plan [19.03.2018] Donald Trump called for some drug dealers to receive the death penalty in a new opioids policy rollout. “We’re wasting our time if we don’t get tough ...
Feds say 5 NYC doctors took bribes from drug maker to prescribe opioid [16.03.2018] Five Manhattan doctors were paid more than $800,000 by a pharmaceutical company to prescribe a spray version of the highly potent and addictive opioi ...
There’s an opioid abuse problem unfolding in African cities and it’s not getting the attention it needs [16.03.2018] Africa remains one of the regions least served with effective pain relief medicine and although Tramadol is not the strongest of analgesics, it is a ...
FDA is using 'bad science' by claiming kratom is an opioid [09.03.2018] Last month, the Food the plant has been imported for years because of its popularity and safe use in Asia.
New studies show that legal cannabis access reduces opioid abuse [04.03.2018] Scientific data is growing nearly by the day in support of the notion that legalized cannabis can mitigate opioid use and abuse. For instance, among ...
Drugs should not be in the hands of organized crime [25.02.2018] Drug overdoses are one of the leading causes of death in the United States and are contributing to decline in life expectancy. The opioid epidemic ha ...

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