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#1221 LJ

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 07:57 PM

I bristle every time I hear someone or some group "demanding" something, asking is so much better.

 

And while I'm at it, I hate the expression "out of an abundance of caution," one person says it once and then you hear it everywhere.


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#1222 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 13 April 2021 - 04:13 PM

Island Health issues overdose advisory for Greater Victoria

 

https://www.vicnews....ter-victoria-2/

 

 

For safer use, Island Health advises having substances checked, carrying Naloxone, using with a friend or using close to help, and doing a tester before a regular hit. The Lifeguard App, which offers a CPR and Naloxone guide, as well as a crisis and 811 nurses line, is also a recommend tool for drug users.



#1223 rmpeers

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Posted 13 April 2021 - 06:35 PM

Island Health issues overdose advisory for Greater Victoria

https://www.vicnews....ter-victoria-2/


For safer use, Island Health advises having substances checked, carrying Naloxone, using with a friend or using close to help, and doing a tester before a regular hit. The Lifeguard App, which offers a CPR and Naloxone guide, as well as a crisis and 811 nurses line, is also a recommend tool for drug users.


Odd how encouraging people to seek ways of beating the addiction is *never* one of the suggestions. "This thing that will likely kill you? Keep doing it, just be careful."
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#1224 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 13 April 2021 - 06:47 PM

and the science behind that messaging is obviously sound.   :whyme:

 

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#1225 LJ

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Posted 13 April 2021 - 07:18 PM

Apparently suicides are down 24% over the past 12 months, so the pandemic deniers can't use that as an excuse for their freedom activities.


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#1226 pontcanna

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 03:40 PM

Officer Injured In Assault By Youth In Crisis

April 14, 2021 - File: #21-14029

 

Victoria, BC – A Patrol officer was injured after coming to the aid of an impaired youth in the midst of a mental health crisis yesterday.

 

Yesterday, Patrol officers were called to a downtown intersection for a report that a man in crisis was running in traffic in an attempt to cause harm to himself. When officers arrived, they discovered that the man was in fact a youth, who appeared intoxicated by drugs while in the midst of a crisis.

 

Officers were able to de-escalate him and safely remove the youth from the roadway. BC Emergency Health Services paramedics arrived to transport him to hospital. An officer rode with the youth to the hospital.

 

Upon arriving at the hospital, the youth experienced further negative effects of drug intoxication and his condition began to deteriorate. Paramedics then administered naloxone and the youth began to recover. The youth then suddenly became assaultive with hospital staff, paramedics and officers, attempting to spit on one officer before kicking another officer in the face.

 

The youth was brought under control by officers without injury. He was held in hospital for treatment under the Mental Health Act. The officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the assault, and was treated at hospital, but was able to complete his shift.

 

This file remains under investigation.

 

If you have information about this incident please call the VicPD Report Desk at (250) 995-7654 extension 1. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 



#1227 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 04:03 PM

^ none of that would have happened is only those drugs had been decriminalized.



#1228 On the Level

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 04:08 PM

^ none of that would have happened is only those drugs had been decriminalized.

 

and since the Police were there, it's all their fault.  



#1229 Nparker

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 04:14 PM

 and since the Police were there, it's all their fault.  

Should have let social workers deal with the situation.



#1230 Victoria Watcher

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Posted Today, 05:26 AM

interesting letter from a local lawyer:

 

 

 

 

 

Minister is late to decriminalization idea

 

I have read with interest Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson’s “initiative” to seek support from the federal government to decriminalize simple possession of narcotics in B.C.

 

The minister should be aware that it has been some years since simple possession of drugs has been actively investigated and charged, let alone prosecuted, anywhere in Canada. Simple possession of drugs, therefore, has in effect been decriminalized.

 

The toxic drug supply that is tragically killing our citizens, however, requires government’s urgent attention.

 

Roxanne P. Helme, Q.C.

 

Green & Helme
Victoria

 

 

 

 

https://www.timescol...arts-1.24308404


Edited by Victoria Watcher, Today, 05:27 AM.


#1231 Mike K.

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Posted Today, 08:24 AM

The City of Victoria has scrubbed its announcement of half-masting flags at City Hall on the fifth year anniversary of the opioid crisis, which landed during the half-masting of flags to mourn the passing of Prince Philip.

The opioid half-masting press release is gone, and the City issued a Prince Philip announcement on the 15th. I may be wrong, but they also issued a half-masting press release immediately following the prince’s death, followed by the opioid press release.

So what happened? And why scrub the opioid press release? Was it auto-scheduled?

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#1232 Rob Randall

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Posted Today, 09:53 AM

Friday, April 9 the half-mast was for Vimy Ridge so there were up to three things simultaneously.


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