Providence In the News

Opinion: How to effectively address the overdose epidemic

We’re now more than a year into the public health emergency declared by British Columbia’s provincial health officer as a result of the province’s rising rate of drug overdose deaths.

Where Vancouver leads in LGBT progress: Local health professionals are at the world's forefront (Dr. Julio Montaner)

When it comes to LGBT health, Vancouver has been and continues to be at the forefront of medical developments, socially progressive initiatives, and humane responses in the face of discrimination.

Stopping the opioid epidemic means smarter prescribing (Dr. Evan Wood)

One of the confusing ironies of addressing the opioid crisis is that halting overdose deaths will require stopping prescribing for some, while actively prescribing opioids to others.

Foundry fundraising meets $2 million goal

It is with extraordinary pride and gratitude that we announce the completion of our ‘Not Alone’ campaign to raise $2 million to support the opening of Foundry Kelowna.

Trudeau Should Hear It From Horgan: Legalize Opioids For Addiction (Crosstown Clinic)

When B.C. Premier John Horgan meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa, he has an opportunity to make the case that the federal and provincial governments need to work together to take drastic steps to deal with the overdose crisis.

Opinion: Renew strategy to achieve a hepatitis C free future (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Friday is World Hepatitis Day and we have much to celebrate. We have made great strides in our work toward eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030, but there are still critical areas where we can and must do more.  

Providence Health Care suspends discussions with Glacier View Lodge

Providence Health Care has decided to temporarily suspend amalgamation discussions with Glacier View Lodge until the board and society have concluded “internal discussions,” Providence has said.

3 out-of-the-box ideas for a B.C. Liberal comeback

No doubt, former premier Christy Clark is working the backrooms of the B.C. Liberal party plotting to remain leader into the next election.

Editorial: The challenges facing the new cabinet

Premier John Horgan’s mostly fresh-faced gender-balanced cabinet begins it mandate under trial by fire. More than 40,000 British Columbians have been forced from their homes by 152 wildfires burning in B.C.’s interior. One of the incoming government’s first actions was to extend a provincial state of emergency and announce payments, drawn from a $100-million emergency wildfire fund, to evacuees of $600 a household for every 14 days they are unable to return home.  The social, environmental and economic costs of this year’s forest fire season will be enormous.

New Minister of Mental Health and Addictions challenged to visit injection site (Crosstown Clinic)

Advocates for drug users in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) are calling on the province’s new Minister of Mental Health and Addictions to come to the front lines herself.

Vancouver drug users’ group once considered militant has led prevention policy (Dr. Thomas Kerr)

A copy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms graces a wall around the corner from where a woman lies on the floor as a needle full of heroin is injected into her neck.

Providence Health Care listed in BC Business' Top 100

Providence Health Care was listed as #50 in BC Business' Top 100.

“Every July, BCBusiness publishes lists of the biggest companies in B.C., ranked by revenue–proving size does matter.”

Click here to view the Top 100.

Drug Overdoses Kill Four a Day in BC, and Inaction and Apathy Are to Blame (Crosstown Clinic)

“People doing drugs now are dope-sick and it’s so painful, you’d rather die.” — Constance Barnes, Overdose Prevention Society

B.C. guidelines for injectable-opioid treatment put hydromorphone ahead of prescription heroin (Cheyenne Johnson)

Prescription heroin is a controversial treatment for long-time opioid addiction but one that has received support from both B.C.’s outgoing minister of health, Terry Lake, and his federal counterpart, Jane Philpott.

B.C. overdose warning system aims to alert users about potentially deadly drugs (Dr. Thomas Kerr)

Medical health officers in the Vancouver area are aiming to quickly warn drug users about clusters of overdoses and batches of contaminated drugs based on reports from people who use illegal substances.

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