Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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(Opioid-Crisis)

Federal money is on the way to help communities deal with what Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor calls the alarming growth of methamphetamine use.

Petitpas Taylor says the crisis is often framed as a big-city problem.

But she says the many of the country's mid-sized cities are some of the hardest hit.

The government is going to invest 76.2-million to bring more life-saving measures to those underserved communities to mitigate the impact of the illegal drug supply and to identify emergency drug threats.

The money will also be used to build knowledge of effective interventions and to break down barriers that prevent people who use drugs from seeking help. (The Canadian Press)

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(US-MED-Overdose-Deaths)

Early data suggests the number of overdose deaths in the U-S fell for the first time in nearly three decades last year.

The U-S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 68-thousand drug overdose deaths were reported in 2018.

While the decrease is good news, experts point out that the overdose death rate is still about seven times higher than it was a generation ago.

A drop in deaths from heroin and prescription painkillers was offset somewhat by continuing growth in deaths involving fentanyl as well as other drugs such cocaine and methamphetamines.

Experts have traced the current overdose epidemic to 1995 and the marketing of the prescription painkiller OxyContin which was meant be safer and more effective than other prescription opioids. (The Associated Press)

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(Congo-Ebola)

A global health expert at Georgetown University Law Center says the World Health Organization's decision to declare the Ebola outbreak in Congo an international health emergency is long overdue.

Alexandra Phelan says the move serves as a call to the international community that they have to step up appropriate financial and technical support. …

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