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Pot is legal, but that doesn’t mean Canadians think other drugs should be (Dr. Evan Wood, BCCSU)

Marijuana became legal across Canada at midnight on Wednesday morning.

Vancouver ER doctor says edibles remain a concern as Canada legalizes cannabis (Dr. Finkler, SPH)

St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver is expecting an increase in visits to the emergency department now that cannabis has been legalized.

Lights of Hope fireworks return to downtown Vancouver next month (SPH)

Another Lights of Hope community celebration is just around the corner.

Now that cannabis is legal, let's use it to tackle the opioid crisis (BC-CfE)

Authors: Stephanie Lake, PhD student in Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia and M-J Milloy, Research Scientist, BC Centre on Substance Use and Assistant Professor in the Division of AIDS, UBC Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Drug users warned after synthetic cannabinoid found in fake Xanax (VCH)

Health officials in Vancouver are warning drug users to be cautious after a synthetic cannabinoid was detected in a fake Xanax tablet at the Insite supervised injection site.

An intro to synthetic cannabinoids, the dangerous drugs that have finally made their way to Vancouver (VCH)

An unusual and dangerous drug was detected in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside today.

How Vancouver’s Next Mayor Can Help End the Opioid Crisis (Crosstown)

Five years after fentanyl came to British Columbia, the opioid epidemic keeps getting worse. Numbers released in August by the B.C. Coroners Service established a grim new record. 

Forced treatment for addiction can can undermine trust and leave youth at risk of overdosing, B.C. researchers warn (BCCSU)

Several times during my reporting on B.C.'s opioid epidemic, parents have told me that they would forcibly restrain their child if they thought it could save them from a fatal overdose.

How undocumented construction workers in B.C. put their health at risk (PHC)

The housing crisis in B.C. is acute, the construction industry is booming, and the demand for workers has gone through the roof. Illegal foreign workers are filling the shortage of labour positions across the province.

Vancouver Coastal Health buys two new drug-checking machines to reduce opioid overdoses (BCCSU)

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has added two new drug-checking machines to its arsenal, in a bid to lower the death toll of the opioid overdose crisis.

How long should police officers abstain from pot? Depends whom you ask (BCCSU)

Twenty-eight days. That’s how long members of the RCMP and Toronto police have been ordered to abstain from smoking or vaping recreational pot before reporting for duty. Calgary police officers won’t be allowed to use cannabis at all while off the job.

Two new $50,000 drug testing machines deployed in Vancouver (SPH)

Daniel Beaverstock produces two tiny morsels of 'down' he bought on the street in the Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. He hands the first sample of drugs to Jeremy Kalicum, who operates the new Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrometer at the Molson Overdose Prevention site on East Hastings Street.

Vancouver Island records highest rate of assisted death in Canada

The rate of medically assisted deaths on Vancouver Island is about five times higher than in the rest of Canada, a new report from Island Health shows.

CapsoVision Announces Distribution Partnership With PENTAX Canada (SPH)

Silicon Valley medical device innovator CapsoVision, Inc. announced a distribution partnership with PENTAX Canada, Inc. to sell the CapsoCam Plus® System. This is the only capsule endoscope that includes four cameras and offers 360° panoramic lateral imaging of the small bowel. CapsoCam Plus® is also distributed by PENTAX Medical Company in the USA.

Providence Health Care, St. Paul’s Foundation, and Mitacs partner to advance health care for BC (PHC)

Mitacs and Providence Health Care, with support from St. Paul’s Foundation, are partnering to foster innovation in research and technology for the benefit of health care in BC in support of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor.

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