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'Trashed' field around 4/20 pot rally to be closed for weeks

The fields around Vancouver's Sunset Beach could be closed for upwards of a month following a massive 4/20 pot rally that drew tens of thousands of people – and left the area a muddy mess.

Howard Normann, Director of Parks for the City of Vancouver, said while the field was left in great shape after the 2016 event because of the dry spring, this year's soggy weather means the grassy areas hadn't dried out after days of rain.

Opioid crisis: 25 per cent of St. Paul's ER visits are overdoses

A year after B.C.'s top doctor declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, the number of people dying is still skyrocketing and causing untold devastation to families.

Paramedics, police, park board prepare for massive 4/20 event

With legalized marijuana on the horizon, this year's massive 4/20 event in Vancouver is expected to be more party than protest, and officials are doing their best to be prepared.

Fentanyl continues to drive B.C. overdose spike: coroners service (Dr. Michael Krausz)

The synthetic opioid fentanyl is driving a massive increase in overdose deaths in British Columbia and men are dying in droves, according to a report from the B.C. Coroners Service.

Nanaimo mom gets a gift of life for Mother’s Day

Most mothers get a flower basket and taken out for breakfast by their kids on Mother’s Day, but one Nanaimo mom will get a life-saving gift from her son.

Critic blames lack of drug choice for dropout rate from B.C.'s opioid substitution programs (Dr. Michael Krausz)

Record numbers of opioid addicts entered drug substitution programs in B.C. last year, but only one third stick with treatment for 12 months, according to a report issued by the provincial health officer.

B.C. NDP and Liberal opioid crisis plans short on details, say critics (Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes)

NDP leader John Horgan did not talk about the public health emergency that is killing three or four people each day in British Columbia when he revealed his party's platform last week.

'It's a big ask': Hundreds of kidney donors needed in B.C. (Dr. David Landsberg)

Glenn Miller needs a new kidney. But so do 513 other British Columbians.

'His work contributed to saving millions of lives': Trailblazing Canadian HIV/AIDS researcher, 71, dies of an asthma attack while swimming in Florida (Dr. Julio Montaner)

A Canadian HIV/AIDS researcher died of an asthma attack while swimming off a Florida beach on a family vacation.
 

Mayors' task force calls for national standard on overdose death data (Crosstown Clinic)

Mayors from 13 cities across Canada are calling for a national standard on the collection and sharing of data on overdose deaths along with medical treatment for addiction.

Family doctors key in B.C. fight against fentanyl (Dr. Scott MacDonald)

A tag hanging from a dead man's left toe says the cause of death was an overdose of fentanyl, “unknowingly taken with other drugs.”

From opium to opioids: A look at British Columbia's illicit drug history (Dr. Thomas Kerr)

Hundreds of British Columbians have died from overdoses in recent months, but the powerful painkiller fentanyl isn’t the first drug to spark a crisis in the province. Here’s a look at British Columbia’s history with drugs.

Q and A: Dr. Thomas Kerr on the challenges for Vancouver's supervised injection site in its early days

Calgary’s police chief is backing calls for a local site where drug users could consume substances under medical supervision. Roger Chaffin said preliminary discussions are underway about what a supervised consumption site in the city will look like. He added that police will work to ensure that community members feel safe.

Family doctors being trained to combat opioid crisis (Dr. Scott MacDonald; Cheyenne Johnson)

A tag hanging from a dead man's left toe says the cause of death was an overdose of fentanyl, “unknowingly taken with other drugs.”

The cadaver draped in a white sheet is displayed in transit ads funded by the Vancouver Police Foundation and represents 922 people who died in British Columbia from drug overdoses last year alone.

Camille Bains reports.

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Pioneering Canadian HIV/AIDS researcher Mark Wainberg dies in Florida (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Mark Wainberg, a Canadian researcher who helped revolutionize the world’s understanding of HIV-AIDS at a scientific, medical and political level, has died unexpectedly.

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