By Jeff Labine, tbnewswatch.com
Kyle Maki, 25, says he is dependent on methadone.
Maki said methadone is not a street drug and he has a right to take it as a prescription medication. However, when Thunder Bay Police Service officers placed him in custody, he said he didn’t know when the next time he would receive the next dose of the highly addictive narcotic.
"It is really up in the air if you are going to get it," Maki said. "It is something they can play with. At most, I was in (the Balmoral holding cell) for two days without getting (a methadone dose) and by the time I got to the jail, it takes another day to get it."
By Kate Kelland, Reuters LONDON – Abuse of prescription drugs is growing rapidly around the world, with more people abusing legal narcotics than heroin, cocaine and ecstasy combined, the United Nations global drugs watchdog said on Wednesday. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) also pointed to a rise in the use of so-called "date rape drugs," as sexual abusers try to get around more rigorous controls with substances not banned by international drugs laws. The INCB said several high-profile celebrity deaths, such as pop star Michael Jackson last year, had focused attention on prescriptio
By Jeremy Warren, The StarPhoenix
Biased policies against medical marijuana by Saskatchewan's governing body of medical practitioners are deterring doctors from granting prescriptions, say medicinal pot proponents.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan's policy doesn't prohibit doctors from prescribing marijuana, but the policy states the college is uncertain of the risks and benefits because evidence of marijuana's advantages is lacking.
"(The college) appears to be deterring doctors, or at least giving them an excuse to deny prescriptions," said Daniel Johnson, Saskatchewan director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).