Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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NAT121 - (BC-Overdose-Crisis) VICTORIA, B.C. x-12s. A panel looking at illicit-drug deaths in British Columbia has found that two thirds of the people who fatally overdosed had a history of being incarcerated. The death-review panel released a report today after looking at more than 18-hundred overdose deaths between January 2016 and July 2017. Panel chairman Michael Egilson (ALE'-son) says people who have been incarcerated are at greater risk of overdoing when they return to the community, so they need to be linked to services. ("..an overdose.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: The report also recommends expanding drug-substitution programs and provincial regulation of treatment facilities.

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NAT120 - (BC-Overdose-Crisis) VICTORIA, B.C. x-21s. A panel that reviewed one thousand, eight hundred and fifty four overdose deaths in British Columbia says treatment programs providing substitution drugs such as methadone need to be expanded. Panel chairman Michael Egilson (ALE'-son) says there should also be more injectable options, such as medical-grade heroin. He says quick detox is not the answer for substance users because a reduced tolerance to drugs leaves people who go back to using are more vulnerable to overdose. ("..opioids again.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: The review included illicit-drug deaths between January 2016 and July 2017.

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NAT122 - (Alta-Children-Distress) MORLEY, Alberta. x-18s. R-C-M-P are still looking into why an infant died and 14 other people were taken to hospital from a First Nation west of Calgary. Police and paramedics were called to Morley yesterday to check on a report of a child in medical distress. A four-month-old baby was declared dead at the scene and the others were suffering from influenza-like symptoms. Rob Lahache (luh-HASH'), C-E-O of the Wesley First Nation, says there has been a serious case of the flu in the community. …

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