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Ambulance: Fentanyl Test Strips

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Mark Jenkins of the Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition passes out fentanyl test strips as part of his mobile needle exchange. He has set up on a Sunday in the parking lot of 1200 Park, a shopping plaza/strip mall across from Pope Park where users often congregate.

Once the users see him out there, word spreads, people come from under the highway overpass, cars pull up and users step out. It is a Sunday and the local needle exchange van only operates Monday through Friday. Many have already run out of their supply of fresh needles, so this is a welcome event. The users hand over their old needles counting them out as they drop them in the sharps box and Mark hands them new syringes ten to a package.

One of the advantages of needle exchange is users pick up used needles, knowing they can exchange them for new ones. They use some of the needles for themselves and sell others a dollar a needle to other users. Mark also provides them with clean tourniquets, small cookers which look like quart bottle caps, a saline bullet,...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
The country is divided by Brexit; of that we are all aware. The judiciary is divided on sentencing but we don`t hear about it until judges are retired. In a similar fashion magistrates are similarly divided on those who take a view in line with MOJ Sentencing Guidelines and try to err on the side of leniency and sympathy for the offender. The other faction takes a more traditional view; a view which has more in line with general opinion but still subservient to the Guidelines. I make no apology to anyone that whilst following those Guidelines  and in consultation with my two colleagues my opinion would also take into account public protection such a position sometimes being overlooked by magistrates and their legal advisors. The final decision of magistrates sitting in Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court on this case erred on the side of leniency and sympathy IMHO of course.

The philosophical question of course for that sentencing decision as with all others is how much sentencing should...

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Ambulance: Sunrise on Albany Avenue

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Ambulance: Judge Rules for Safe Injection Site

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A federal judge ruled yesterday that a nonprofit group in Philadelphia’s effort to open a safe injection site where people can use drugs under medical supervision does not violate the federal crackhouse statutes prohibiting the operation of a space “for the purpose of manufacturing, distributing or using controlled substances.” 

U.S. District Judge Gerald McHugh wrote: “The ultimate goal of Safehouse’s proposed operation is to reduce drug use, not facilitate it.” 

The federal government has not only vowed to appeal, they have threatened to shut down anyone who attempts to open such a site.  Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said, “Any attempt to open illicit drug injection sites in other jurisdictions while this case is pending will continue to be met with immediate action by the department.”

Ten years back I would have thought a safe injection site was a foolish idea, but after witnessing the sorrow, devastation and death caused by the opioid epidemic, I have come to see these spaces as essential.  The...

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Ambulance: Back on the Rise

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After a slight decline in 2018, overdose deaths are projected to hit an all-time high in Connecticut in 2019.  

94% of the deaths were caused by opioids with fentanyl being the biggest culprit.

For full breakdown, click here:

Connecticut Accidental Drug Intoxication Deaths Office of the Chief Medical Examiner


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
There is no doubt that every government of every hue has to manage secrecy.  That is a simple statement to make but far from simple to practise and manage.  Since the catastrophic decision to hold a referendum in 2016 to this casual onlooker it appears that there have been more leaks from the government than in the water pipes under London` streets. But there is one department where leakage of information seems to be kept under control and that is within the Ministry Of Justice. Despite or perhaps because it has an enormous press and public relations department employing many dozens or perhaps hundreds of workers; even that number is not available, the goings on surrounding those who are the public face of justice ie magistrates and judges are strictly off limits.  Certainly the public face of retribution for those under its auspices erring or deviating from sometimes obscure guidelines; the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office  publishes its somewhat truncated reports monthly or even more frequently. But what is...

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Fire: Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service to visit hundreds of homes as part of Older Person’s Day

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MFRS to carry out hundreds of home visits and host afternoon tea for Older Person’s Day


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
We all have become accustomed of late to earth shattering  legal decisions which have or will have profound results for our daily lives and/or the way we live both as individuals and as a nation.  However it`s not always the headline making stories of legal jousting which illustrate just how authority or those entrusted with enabling parliamentary direction alter people`s lives. 

The police have been granted since my appointment two decades ago, increasing powers of control over ordinary citizens without recourse to the courts.  Indeed some forms of authority which used to be under the auspices of police at superintendent level are now available to inspectors. Evidence based out of court decisions by police or local authorities are not now necessarily the norm.  An interesting case at  St Albans Magistrates' Court before a professional District Judge (MC) rather than a bench of magistrates which arguably would have been more suitable in the circumstances has been recently reported involving a man`s private...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
The Supreme Court has had more exposure in the last week than since its establishment ten years ago. For this retired magistrate it was a pleasure to witness the eloquence and purposeful arguments put forward by both sides` lawyers.  The final judgement was a masterpiece in logical structured reasoning which left no room to doubt the diligence in the way that that judgement was reached.  It was regrettable and inevitable that as soon as it had been broadcast some politicians on the Leave side of the Brexit debate accused their lordships and ladyships of bias. The accusation made in 2016 by the Daily Mail will not be forgotten.

Enemies of the people: Fury over 'out of touch' judges who have 'declared war on democracy' by defying 17.4m Brexit voters and who could trigger constitutional crisis 

  • Judges ruled Brexit could not be triggered without a Westminster vote
  • The Lord Chief Justice and two colleagues were branded 'out of touch'
  • They were accused of putting Britain on course for a 'constitutional...

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Fire: COVENT GARDEN - 1954

Photos: Institution of Fire Engineers

Firefighters from London's old Clerkenwell fire station dearly in life and flesh at a fire at Covent Garden on May 11, 1954.

"While fighting a fire in a warehouse containing fruit and vegetables, adjacent to Covent Garden, London, Station Officer Fred Hawkins and Fireman A E J Batt-Rawden, both of Clerkenwell Fire Station, lost their lives,'' according to Fire magazine.

"Sub Officer Sidney Peen, Leading Fireman Ernest Datlin, Fireman Kenneth Aylward, Fireman Charles Gadd, Fireman Frederick Parr and Fireman Daniel Stocking were all sent to hospital. Three of the injured required plastic surgery treatment.''

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