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Sudbury, Ont., advocate says some street drugs she sent to Vancouver lab aren't what's advertised

A Sudbury, Ont., harm reduction advocate is collecting street drug samples for testing at a Vancouver lab to help protect drug users from overdoses, and she's already learned that some aren't as advertised.

Saint John police issue public safety alert over powerful opioid carfentanil

The Saint John Police Force has issued a public safety alert about the drug carfentanil after the coroner's office confirmed the powerful opioid was involved in two recent sudden deaths.

Fentanyl found in pills seized in Kensington earlier this year

Pills seized during the execution of a search warrant in Kensington, P.E.I., earlier this year contained fentanyl and heroin, according to the Prince District Joint Forces Operation Unit.

Health authority warns about drugs containing fentanyl in several N.S. communities

Nova Scotia Health is warning about drugs that contain fentanyl that could be circulating in Windsor, West Hants and the Halifax Regional Municipality.
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B.C. determined to battle opioid crisis after record overdose deaths in 2021

After more than 2,200 died of illicit-drug overdoses in 2021, British Columbia remains determined to fight back against the opioid crisis even in the face of stronger street drugs and long waits for treatment.

Why letting users know what's in the drugs they're taking is important as opioid deaths rise

With opioid-related deaths mounting across Canada, health experts are warning that drug checking services are now more important than ever in helping users make informed decisions. One Toronto pilot program is helping do just that.
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Timmins health providers apply to create supervised consumption site

A partnership between Timmins and District Hospital, public health and other community organizations is working to create a supervised consumption site, with their aim to save lives in the Timmins area. They are waiting for approval from Health Canada to provide the service in their community.
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Calls for supply regulation as benzodiazepines appear in street narcotics across Canada

Advocates are renewing calls for a regulated drug supply as benzodiazepines begin appearing in street drugs across Canada. Fentanyl, however, remains the leading factor in drug fatalities across the country.

RCMP warn of dangerous drugs circulating in Harbour Grace area after 3 overdoses in last week

Police in Harbour Grace are warning the public of a dangerous supply of narcotics currently circulating in the area after three reports of drug overdoses in the last week. 
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Benzodiazepines on the rise in street opioids, drug checking services say

Speedy, who uses drugs, says benzodiazepines are a big problem in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. He accidentally ingested fentanyl spiked with benzos in 2021 and says he thought he was going to die.

Saskatoon police find fentanyl inside teddy bear

Saskatoon police say they have made a "significant" seizure of drugs, including almost 400 grams of fentanyl found stuffed inside a teddy bear.
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B.C. chief coroner calls for access to safer drug supply after record overdose death

B.C.'s chief coroner is calling for better access to safe drugs after the province recorded its highest number of overdose deaths for the second year in a row. More than 2,000 people are expected to die by the end of 2021.

Jail not the answer for people caught dealing fentanyl to support their own drug addictions, B.C. judge says

A Vancouver Island judge says courts need to reconsider automatic jail sentences for people caught dealing fentanyl to support their own drug addictions.

Coroner's report suggests Northern Ontario cities bearing brunt of opioid overdose deaths

A second health emergency has continued to quietly boil over in Ontario: the opioid crisis.  
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Dangerous drug supply linked to record overdose deaths in B.C.

British Columbia set a record high for overdose deaths in the first nine months of 2021, something experts link to the illicit drug supply becoming more dangerous during the pandemic and more people using drugs alone.

Oklahoma court overturns $465M opioid ruling against Johnson & Johnson

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a $465-million US opioid ruling against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson, finding that a lower court wrongly interpreted the state's public nuisance law in the first case of its kind in the U.S. to go to trial.
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161 deaths confirmed to be drug toxicity-related, another 202 suspected: Sask. Coroners Service

The Saskatchewan Coroners Service said 161 people were confirmed to have died from drug toxicity so far through 2021, with another 202 cases suspected to involve drug toxicity.

Fentanyl, cocaine contributed to death of former NHLer Jimmy Hayes

Former NHL forward Jimmy Hayes, who passed away at age 31 in August, had fentanyl and cocaine in his system at the time of his death, family members told the Boston Globe.

Overdose awareness day shines light on more than 7,700 B.C. lives lost — and what's still at stake

Advocates have long been calling for access to a safer drug supply for users in B.C. as more and more toxic drugs flood the streets. Last year was the deadliest on record in the province, with more than 1,700 people fatally overdosing.
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Perspective of one former fentanyl addict on criminal possession charges for personal drug use

At one point in his life, Daniel Hearn found himself stealing to feed his addiction to fentanyl. He says it was an act of desperation. The Saskatoon man is now several years sober. He joins host Leisha Grebinski to broaden the conversation on decriminalizing simple drug possession.

In the pandemic's shadow, the opioid overdose epidemic in Washington rages on

While daily new COVID-19 cases are now averaging in the single digits in Washington, the opioid crisis there is showing no sign of letting up, making outreach services increasingly vital.

Ottawa police charged in corruption probe allegedly communicated with witnesses

Two Ottawa police officers charged with corruption offences by the RCMP are both alleged to have improperly communicated with witnesses — one in a police watchdog investigation, the other in a criminal probe, CBC News has learned.

$1M Regina fentanyl bust is city's biggest ever, police say

The 2.8 kilograms seized on Thursday has an estimated street value of $1.1 million, according to the Regina Police Service.
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Winnipeg woman wants to warn others from taking a potent street drug called 'pink down'

Pink and purple down is a blend of fentanyl, a powerful opioid, heroin and sometimes other drugs. It's rampant across the province and deadly.
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Ontario's opioid crisis worsens during pandemic

Opioid-related deaths in Ontario jumped nearly 80 per cent from February to December 2020 compared to the same period a year earlier, according to a new report. (Ontario Drug Policy Research Network)

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