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Opening a supervised injection site 'not a simple process': new guidelines aim to help (Dr. Thomas Kerr)

With more supervised injections sites opening in B.C. and applications moving through the Health Canada approval process, the B.C. Centre for Substance Use has published a new set of guidelines for running these facilities.

Report outlines need for rapid expansion of prescription opioids in response to the fentanyl crisis

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control and Provincial Health Services Authority have published a radical policy document that outlines a path forward in the fentanyl crisis.

Young Osoyoos woman using Miss Canada Petite pageant to represent those with rare diseases (St. Paul's Hospital)

When Chelsea Cameron-Horner competes in the Miss Canada Petite pageant this week in Toronto, she’ll be representing Osoyoos and doing something memorable for Canada 150.

Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital research team makes medical breakthrough

A team at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver has discovered a new test to diagnose a rare disease, known only as IGG-4RD.

Legal weed: An accidental solution to the opioid crisis? (Stephanie Lake and Dr. M-J Milloy)

It’s hard to go a day in Canada without hearing about at least one of two types of drugs – but for vastly different reasons. One class of drug — opioids — kills four people a day in British Columbia. The other — cannabis — will be legal for adult purchase and consumption by this time next year.

Opinion: Drug-checking services could help prevent overdoses (BC Centre on Substance Use)

In recent years across B.C., a public-health tragedy has resulted in thousands of preventable deaths from street drugs containing powerful opioids such as fentanyl or its analogs.

Crosstown Clinic mentioned on CBC's Ottawa Morning (Dr. Scott MacDonald)

It's a program to tackle addiction by giving homeless drug users controlled doses of opioids.

B.C. wildfires: Do masks protect you from the smoke? (Dr. Don Sin)

With much of the province experiencing smoky skies, some feel the need to wear a medical mask or other barrier to prevent breathing in toxins from the smoke.

Smoky summer skies a new reality for B.C. (Dr. Don Sin)

The nearly two-week stretch of poor air quality that has socked Metro Vancouver in a hazy fog is a palpable reminder that climate change will directly affect human health, says a UBC professor who studies the link between the warming climate and respiratory disease.

The Canadian city where addicts are allowed to inject (Crosstown Clinic)

As the opioid crisis spreads across North America, the Canadian city of Vancouver is pioneering a radical approach to drug treatment - let addicts use.

Better medical education: One solution to the opioid crisis

We are in the middle of an overdose crisis in Canada and around the world. Opioid overdose is a complex problem, but opioid addiction can be managed with effective interventions. Nonetheless, many evidence-based interventions are underused, and inadequate medical education is contributing to the problem.

Metro Vancouver air quality worse than Beijing: St. Paul’s respirologist (Dr. Don Sin)

The head of respiratory medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital is raising red flags about the air quality in some parts of Metro Vancouver being worse than Beijing.

New Ottawa initiative will allow homeless drug users to inject prescription opioids (Crosstown Clinic)

Ottawa will soon become the second Canadian city to have a managed opioid program in place for homeless people trying to kick their drug addictions.

To win the fight against AIDS, we must end the war on drugs (Dr. Julio Montaner and Dr. Kora DeBeck)

There is much to celebrate: the end of AIDS may be in sight.

City on drugs: the dark pull of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Known for rows of glass condo towers framed by the glittering waters of Burrard Inlet, snowcapped mountains, and crisp pacific air, Vancouver is often deemed one of the most livable places on earth. But the city has a dark side, percolating just out of the view of most visitors and residents.

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