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DEA warns first responders of accidental overdose risk

<b>(CNN) —</b> Accidental opioid overdose is an alarming phenomenon being seen more frequently among first responders, including police officers and paramedics, which is why the US Drug Enforcement Administration issued a warning to them this week.<p>Illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, can be 50 to 100 …

Biomedicine

Opioid prescriptions increasing, despite public campaigns, warnings, report shows

As a registered nurse, Christine was wary of taking opioids for the persistent pain that resulted from a serious car accident she had on the …

Prescription heroin program ready to rapidly expand

The Crosstown Clinic on Hastings Street offers free doses of heroin and hydromorphone<p>Mark Schnell walks into the injection room at Providence Health …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

FEATURE-EMPTY<p>TRANS MOUNTAIN Notley threatens trade battle with B.C. over Trans Mountain Subscriber content<p>M&A Contacts and cost-cutting: How Blackstone will help Thomson Reuters revitalize unit Subscriber content<p>For Thomson empire, a $17-billion sale offers another shot at transformation Subscriber …

Canada

Man registered 26 non-existent babies

<b>A businessman travelled around Scotland to register the births of 26 non-existent babies as part of a benefit fraud scheme, a court has heard.</b><p>Rory McWhirter has admitted collecting identity details from people he had deceived into applying for fake jobs at a Glasgow hotel.<p>He used the details to …

Aberdeen

Sony's speedy SD cards are almost as fast as currently possible

The title of "world's fastest SD card" generally isn't held for long, and Sony is the latest company to claim the crown. Available in three sizes and …

Exoplanet discovery: What does Nasa's announcement mean - and should we be excited about TRAPPIST-1?

Turns out it wasn’t just dust on the telescope lens, Nasa astronomers have spotted seven Earth-size planets around a nearby star, some or all of which could harbour water and possibly life.<p>Google has marked the Earth-shattering discovery with a Doodle, featuring the seven planets squeezing into …

Universe

Crown appeals acquittal of man charged in Bountiful polygamy case

B.C.’s criminal justice branch is appealing the acquittal of a man linked to the polygamous community of Bountiful for unlawfully taking a girl …

Religion

How to Prevent Suicide with an Opioid

The idea that suicide is caused by psychological pain may seem self-evident, but recognizing this fact was once a departure for psychiatry. …

Fixing fentanyl needs investments in health and housing to break deadly cycle

Vancouver's mayor says his ride-along with 'heroic' first responders revealed the intensity of the problem<p>The fentanyl opioid crisis is a horrific …

5 new supervised injections sites coming to fight Vancouver's fentanyl overdose crisis

Health officials say location of new supervised injection sites won't be released before they are approved<p>Five new supervised injection sites could …

Experts sound alarm as B.C. deals with record drug overdose deaths

An overhaul of B.C.’s “dysfunctional” addiction-treatment system must become top priority as drug users struggle to stay alive through an overdose …

Christy Clark

Vancouver pilot project to test for fentanyl gains attention

A pilot project to test illicit drugs for fentanyl at Vancouver's supervised-injection site has piqued the interest of other health-care providers in North America – but they are being cautioned against replicating the experiment over fears a negative test could give users a false sense of security.<p>…

Health Care (Canada)

New bike and foot patrols launched to deal with Vancouver's fentanyl crisis

Both programs are staffed by 'peers with lived experience' that will link drug user to other health resources<p>Two new street patrols have been …

Vancouver holds public forum on fentanyl crisis

More than 600 people in B.C. have died in from overdoses in 2016 alone<p>The City of Vancouver held a public forum on the ongoing fentanyl crisis …

Brooklyn woman found dead from apparent heroin overdose

A 25-year-old woman who was about to move back to the West Coast from Brooklyn overdosed on apparent heroin marked “Monster High” in her Bushwick …

Here's what's going on in your brain when you can't spell a word

In a study published this week in the journal Brain, researchers at Johns Hopkins University studied people who had suffered brain damage from strokes or tumors and now have problems spelling words.<p>What they found is that the problems were linked to damage in three brain areas involved in either …

Humanity

Humans have made so much plastic it will probably show up in future fossils

Future archeologists aren’t just going to be digging up old bones: Looks like they’re also going to be sifting though old fossilized plastics.<p>A review published (paywall) in the journal Anthropocene this month finds plastic has discernibly changed the surface of the planet since humans began using …

Pollution

Supersofas and old knockers: the six most common domestic design disasters

Think a 65in TV and a vast DVD collection will impress your friends? You’re wrong. With the help of The Great Interior Design Challenge, ditch the DIY fails and follow these tips for a first-rate home makeover<p>For the past few years, I’ve been traipsing up and down the UK having a good old nose into …

Home Decorating

Samsung Galaxy S7 rumoured to manage 17 hours of video playback at full brightness

Ask just about anybody what they want out of a mobile device, and you’ll likely hear a call for extended battery life. At best, flagship smartphones …

Fugitive mafia bosses arrested by Italian police after hiding in secret bunker

Giuseppe Ferraro and Giuseppe Crea arrested in dawn raid by anti-mafia police after being on the run for more than a decade<p>Two of Italy’s most dangerous mafia fugitives were arrested by police in a secret bunker packed with automatic weapons on Friday after being on the run for more than a …

Dad-daughter phone fight: Craziest crimes of the week

<b>(NEWSER)</b> – An uncomfortable-sounding smuggling attempt and a really bad singer make this week's list:<p><b>Dad stands trial for taking daughter's iPhone away:</b> A Texas father thought he was teaching his 12-year-old a lesson after confiscating her iPhone 4 after finding a "rude" text on it. Instead, he got …

Why moving house could be the best time to give up smoking

The University of Bath has discovered that people are more open to new ideas and information when going through a major change.<p>When buying a house or switching jobs the last thing that might come to mind is making another huge life change.<p>But psychologists have found that big upheavals create a …

Sustainability

FBI AGENT: 8 clues to tell if someone is a liar

The event was hosted by the New York Hedge Fund Round Table at the Penn Club of New York.<p>Since 2009, the FBI, the SEC, and the US Attorney's Office have been massively cracking down on insider trading in the hedge fund industry.<p>"I want to talk you a little about this," Chaves said during the talk, …

FBI

The FBI Just Released Graphic Video of the Deadly Shootout with the Oregon Militia

The footage may be disturbing to some viewers.<p>The FBI has released video of the altercation that led to the arrest of seven self-proclaimed militiamen, and the death of one, near Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. From an aerial vantage point, you can see a large silver SUV driving down a …

Oregon

This Circular Bridge Encourages Drivers To Slow Down And Take In The View

Most bridges are pretty straight forward, but one in Uruguay is making heads turn ‘round.<p>New York-based, Uruguayan architect, Rafael Viñoly, designed the ring-shaped structure called Laguna Garzon Bridge.<p>It may have a strange silhouette, but there's a reason behind the unique design.<p>Each half …

Péladeau denies actively setting up tax havens while Quebecor president

Parti Québécois Leader Pierre Karl Péladeau has denied a report Quebecor Inc. was actively involved in tax havens abroad when he was president of the conglomerate.<p>He says Quebecor has owned businesses with branches in countries that are considered tax havens but that they were set up before …

Corruption

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China's Zombie factories

China's government plans to slash steel production by up to 150 million tons, which could see the loss of as many as 400,000 jobs according to state estimates. Officials point to excessive industrial capacity, a slump in demand and plunging prices as they attempt to restructure China's slowing …

Steel