Topic: fentanyl

Nearly $250K in drugs, cash seized by Thunder Bay, Ont., police in drug trafficking investigation

Nearly $100,000 worth of drugs and an estimated $150,000 in cash was seized by Thunder Bay police on Thursday as they executed a search warrant at a residential address in the zero-to-100 block of Trillium Court.
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London mother speaks out after son's overdose death

Elizabeth Rennox shares her painful story with London Morning. Her son Cameron Sterling, 36, died last week after taking a drug laced with fentanyl. Rennox would like to see changes made to Canada's drug rehab system so others won't suffer the same fate.

Police seize $2.75M worth of fentanyl, cocaine in Sudbury bust

Sudbury police say they have seized more than $2.75 million in drugs from an Ontario Street residence and two people have been charged.
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Jordan Sheard's mother feels he was considered 'a nobody' because of his mental health and drug problems

Angela Vos spoke to CBC News about the "two different stigmas" she says he faced, and her hope that jails might one day be places for rehabilitation — so that people with addictions can get the help they need for life on the outside.

Ottawa urged to decriminalize simple drug possession as overdose deaths reach record highs

A growing number of officials and organizations in Canada, including police and prosecutors, are calling on the federal government to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of drugs. In British Columbia, change has already started.
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Remembering Ryan Sidun - one of the 150 victims of the opioid crisis memorialized with crosses in downtown Sudbury

We continue our coverage this week of the opioid crisis in Sudbury. In this segment, you meet the mother of a young man who died and whose cross downtown is number 100. Sarah MacMillan spoke with Branda Sidun about her son Ryan.

Applications for Sudbury injection site rejected

All five community applications for a supervised consumption site in Greater Sudbury have been turned down by a review committee.
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Managing to grieve from the loss of a son to overdose during a pandemic

Shelley Hansen speaks with Stephen Quinn about the death of her 26-year old son Jordan back in April.

Homeless advocate says she was warned away from camp the night 3 died in woods near Whiskey Creek

A Qualicum Beach, B.C., woman who delivers drug overdose antidote kits and blankets to people living in the bush says she received a phone call warning her to avoid the Whiskey Creek area on Halloween night. By the next day three people were found dead.

Canada's opioid crisis killed 13 people a day in 2018, prevention report shows

Opioids were responsible for 4,614 deaths in Canada, equating to about 13 lives lost per day, in 2018 based on data from the Public Health Agency of Canada, says a new report that shines a spotlight on preventable poisonings.
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Vancouver city council approves new overdose prevention site for Yaletown

Councillor Rebbeca Bligh speaks with Stephen Quinn about why she voted in favour of the controversial site.
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Prince George has the highest rate of drug poisoning deaths in the province and highlights why this is a key issue this election

Betsy Trumpener brings us these voices of people affected by the crisis and the political parties who wish to tackle it.
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No decision yet on Yaletown overdose prevention site

Dr. Patricia Daly speaks with Stephen Quinn about why she believes the neighbourhood deserves a
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Mother and friend say COVID-19 is overshadowing the opioid crisis

A mother whose son died of a suspected fentanyl overdose and a friend who was with him the night he died believe the pandemic has made addiction worse because of the isolation and the difficulty in getting help during the lockdown.

Police discover 'how-to' manual for drug trafficking operation during Winnipeg raid

Three men are facing charges of drug trafficking after Winnipeg police raided two homes and seized weapons, drugs, cash, jewelry and a “how-to” instruction manual on the inner workings of the operation.
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Police in B.C. say illicit drugs have become more dangerous because of a reliance on local manufacturers

Victoria Police Department staff sergeant Connor King speaks with Stephen Quinn about the rise of drug poisoning.
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Fatal overdoses on rise, Sudbury health unit says

From January to April alone, the health unit reported 27 deaths. In 2019, the total number of deaths was 56.

Decriminalization of drugs 'not a silver bullet' for overdose crisis, prime minister says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would not back decriminalization of drugs as a public-health response to the country's escalating opioid poisoning crisis, insisting on Wednesday that the approach, while raised as an option by advocates and medical officials across the country, is not a "silver bullet'' solution.
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Vancouver's drug overdose crisis claimed the life of a beloved Canucks beat writer

TSN 1040 Jeff Patterson journalist speaks with Stephen Quinn about the death of his friend Jason Botchford.

'Good people take drugs, drugs take good people,' says B.C. woman promoting discussion about addiction

Angie Kirton of Kamloops, B.C., is commemorating the death of her nephew due to fentanyl toxicity while opening up a conversation with her community about the issue.
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"Covid-19 has set up a huge roadblock in fighting the overdose crisis"

St. Paul's head of emergency Dr. Dan Kalla speaks with Stephen Quinn about the rising death totals from fentanyl.

Amid 'horrific' spike in opioid deaths, doctors call for decriminalization, regulation of drugs

Facing a more 'toxic' drug supply during the coronavirus pandemic, opioid-related overdose deaths have grown significantly across the country. Advocates, experts and politicians are calling on governments to go beyond safe supply prescriptions and decriminalize recreational drugs.
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The call to provide daily overdose updates for overdoses in B.C.

Carina Stone speaks with Stephen Quinn about her husband's death from fentanyl and why she believes it is time to update the public daily about this exploding health crisis.
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B-C's Minister of Mental Health and Addictions says covid-19 causing surge in overdose deaths

Judy Darcy speaks with Stephen Quinn about how the dual health crisis are feeding off each other.
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Mother who lost her son to overdose calls for safe supply after yet another surge in deaths

Moms Stop the Harm co-founder Leslie McBain speaks with Stephen Quinn about June's deadly numbers and why she believes now more than ever, safe supply is needed.

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