Drugs

Wetaskiwin RCMP seized drugs with a street value of $7,500 on Oct. 6. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Central Alberta RCMP seize drugs

Wetaskiwin RCMP execute search

 

A man prepares heroin to be injected at the Insite safe injection clinic in Vancouver on May 11, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Urgent need in Alberta to address potent drug supply, overdose crisis: health experts

More than 105 people died each month from drug poisoning between May 2020 and April 2021

 

A man prepares heroin to be injected at the Insite safe injection clinic in Vancouver on May 11, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Urgent need in Alberta to address potent drug supply, overdose crisis: health experts

Government should be working to get more powerful, tainted opioids off the streets

 

On Thursday, Red Deer RCMP showed off the large amount of drugs, and a weapon, seized during a recent investigation. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)
On Thursday, Red Deer RCMP showed off the large amount of drugs, and a weapon, seized during a recent investigation. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)
Minister of Health Patty Hajdu responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Coalition says users were shut out of drug decriminalization proposal, demands redo

Health Canada is working on Vancouver request for exemption from criminal provisions on simple possession

Minister of Health Patty Hajdu responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
This undated image provided by Supernus Pharmaceuticals in April 2021 shows bottles for different dosages of the drug Qelbree. On Friday, April 2, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the medication for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children ages six through 17. (Supernus Pharmaceuticals via AP)

FDA OKs first new ADHD drug in over a decade for children

FDA OKs first new ADHD drug in over a decade for children

This undated image provided by Supernus Pharmaceuticals in April 2021 shows bottles for different dosages of the drug Qelbree. On Friday, April 2, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the medication for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children ages six through 17. (Supernus Pharmaceuticals via AP)
MySafe Verified Identity Dispensers are shown in this undated handout photo. The federal government has provided nearly $5.6 million in funding for five "vending machines" that will dispense medical-grade opioids in British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia. The machines, called MySafe, are akin to ATMs and allow drug users at risk of overdose to get hydromorphone pills dispensed to them after their palm has been scanned to identify its unique vein pattern. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Dispension Industries Inc. *MANDATORY CREDIT*

$3.5M in funding for ‘vending machines’ that dispense safer drugs to prevent ODs

$3.5M in funding for ‘vending machines’ that dispense safer drugs to prevent ODs

MySafe Verified Identity Dispensers are shown in this undated handout photo. The federal government has provided nearly $5.6 million in funding for five "vending machines" that will dispense medical-grade opioids in British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia. The machines, called MySafe, are akin to ATMs and allow drug users at risk of overdose to get hydromorphone pills dispensed to them after their palm has been scanned to identify its unique vein pattern. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Dispension Industries Inc. *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Drumheller RCMP seized fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine after a residence was searched on Feb. 12. (Photo contributed)
Drumheller RCMP seized fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine after a residence was searched on Feb. 12. (Photo contributed)
Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu and Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart speak to the media during a visit to the Molson Overdose Prevention Site in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Thursday, January 16, 2020. City councillors in Vancouver voted unanimously this week to ask federal officials for an exemption to Canada's Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, a decision advocates hope will blaze a trail for the decriminalization of small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use in other municipalities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Advocates aim to shape ‘Vancouver model’ for drug decriminalization

Advocates aim to shape ‘Vancouver model’ for drug decriminalization

Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu and Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart speak to the media during a visit to the Molson Overdose Prevention Site in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Thursday, January 16, 2020. City councillors in Vancouver voted unanimously this week to ask federal officials for an exemption to Canada's Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, a decision advocates hope will blaze a trail for the decriminalization of small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use in other municipalities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
This photo shows the Pfizer company logo at the company’s headquarters in New York. (AP Photo | Richard Drew, File)

Pfizer says early data signals COVID-19 vaccine is effective

But the announcement does not mean a vaccine is imminent

  • Nov 9, 2020
This photo shows the Pfizer company logo at the company’s headquarters in New York. (AP Photo | Richard Drew, File)
Police reveal a collection of drugs, cash and guns seized in an April 2016 bust. One of the men charged was sentenced to 27 months in prison on Thursday.Advocate file photo

Red Deer man sentenced to 27 months for role in “dial-a-dope” operation

RCMP Priority Crimes Task Force broke up drug operation in April 2016 after four-month investigation

  • Oct 22, 2020
Police reveal a collection of drugs, cash and guns seized in an April 2016 bust. One of the men charged was sentenced to 27 months in prison on Thursday.Advocate file photo
Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen holds a news conference to announce the results of the global resolution of criminal and civil investigations with an opioid manufacturer at the Justice Department in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Yuri Gripas/Pool via AP)

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges

Criminal investigation continues

  • Oct 22, 2020
Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen holds a news conference to announce the results of the global resolution of criminal and civil investigations with an opioid manufacturer at the Justice Department in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Yuri Gripas/Pool via AP)
Artist Jesse Gouchey signs a mural of his friend Scott Seibel, who died of an accidental drug overdose in July. The mural, off Little Gaetz, can be seen across the street from the Real Canadian Superstore. (Contributed photo).

Red Deer parents hope their late son’s mural raises awareness of the perils of drug abuse

The large mural of Scott Seibel was painted by artist Jesse Gouchey

Artist Jesse Gouchey signs a mural of his friend Scott Seibel, who died of an accidental drug overdose in July. The mural, off Little Gaetz, can be seen across the street from the Real Canadian Superstore. (Contributed photo).
O.P.P officers guard 55 kilograms of cocaine during a press conference in Barrie, Ont., on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Federal prosecutors are being instructed to criminally prosecute only the most serious drug possession offences and to find alternatives outside the criminal justice system for the rest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Liberals move toward changing federal drug policy as opioid deaths spike

Feds launched a national consultation on supervised-consumption sites this week

O.P.P officers guard 55 kilograms of cocaine during a press conference in Barrie, Ont., on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Federal prosecutors are being instructed to criminally prosecute only the most serious drug possession offences and to find alternatives outside the criminal justice system for the rest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Liberals move toward changing federal drug policy as opioid deaths spike

Liberals move toward changing federal drug policy as opioid deaths spike

Liberals move toward changing federal drug policy as opioid deaths spike

Liberals move toward changing federal drug policy as opioid deaths spike
Kathleen Roussel, the director of public prosecutions, has issued a new guideline for the prosecution of drug offences, in a August 20, 2020 story. (File photo)

Prosecutors told to prosecute only the most serious drug possession offences

OTTAWA — Federal prosecutors are being instructed to criminally prosecute only the…

Kathleen Roussel, the director of public prosecutions, has issued a new guideline for the prosecution of drug offences, in a August 20, 2020 story. (File photo)

B.C. premier asks Trudeau to reduce stigma of illicit drug use as deaths climb

B.C. premier asks Trudeau to reduce stigma of illicit drug use as deaths climb

Police chiefs call for decriminalization of personal drug use

Police chiefs call for decriminalization of personal drug use

Police chiefs call for decriminalization of personal drug use

Police chiefs call for decriminalization of personal drug use
Red Deer judge has seen drug treatment courts work

Red Deer judge has seen drug treatment courts work

Judge Jim Hunter joins announcement of new drug treatment court for Red Deer

Red Deer judge has seen drug treatment courts work
Two suspects arrested in Innisfail drug bust

Two suspects arrested in Innisfail drug bust

Methamphetamine seized in Wednesday drug bust

Two suspects arrested in Innisfail drug bust