Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update --

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update --

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Researchers have found the amount of opioids dispensed in Ontario fell 18 per cent between January 2015 and last March.

But the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network says at the same time, the number of people being prescribed the addictive drugs has remained relatively constant over the past five years -- about one-in-seven Ontarians.

Researchers say that means doctors are prescribing lower amounts of opioids per patient -- notably the long-lasting, slow-release drugs in fentanyl patches and some types of oxycodone.

But the study still found that nearly 40 per cent of long-acting opioid prescriptions dispensed to people already using the drugs for pain were being given daily doses above the recommended limits. (The Canadian Press)



The manager of an interim safe injection site in Toronto that opened its doors last night says it will hopefully save lives.

The site -- which can only accommodate three people at a time -- is a temporary location while three permanent supervised injection sites are being constructed.

The interim site is open from 4 p-m to 10 p-m Monday to Saturday and has been set up to cope with an overdose crisis, which many officials blame on the deadly opioid fentanyl.

Toronto's most recent data shows there were 325 suspected overdoses in the four weeks leading up to August 13th. (The Canadian Press)



The greens and fairways at the Glen Abbey golf course in Oakville won't be turned into condos and stores any time soon.

Town council voted unanimously last night to designate the golf course under the Ontario Heritage Act.

ClubLink, the course owner, has proposed turning the site into a mix of some 32-hundred residential units as well as office and retail space.

Mayor Rob Burton says a heritage designation means there are rules that must be followed when it comes to preserving the heritage of a property, but adds there is still "flexibility" and an appeals process.

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus designed the course, which opened 40 years ago and has hosted the Canadian Open 29 times and is slated to host it again next year. (The Canadian Press)



Provincial police are now conducting a criminal investigation into the drowning death of a Toronto student during a school trip last month. …

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