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Report says alcohol and tobacco have a higher cost to society than illicit drugs (Dr. Mark McLean)

A new report from the University of Victoria says alcohol and tobacco are much more costly addictions for society than illicit drugs.

Celebrating six months of success preventing new HIV infections throughout B.C. (Dr. Julio Montaner)

PEOPLE throughout B.C. are benefiting from expanded coverage for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), as strong uptake for the publicly funded drug continues to grow.

Forbidden Vancouver's Really Gay History Tour to explore how far local LGBT communities have come (SPH)

Canonized historical narratives have traditionally left out queer people, places, and events and the history of local LGBT rights movements are only a few decades old.

B.C. celebrates wide uptake of HIV prevention drugs 6 months after public funding (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Six months after the B.C. government expanded funding for HIV/AIDS prevention drugs, provincial officials and health care workers are celebrating a wide uptake of the prevention regimens.

Six months in, province celebrates uptake for free HIV prevention drugs (Dr. Julio Montaner)

VANCOUVER—The Ministry of Health is reporting strong success six months into a program expanding coverage of HIV prevention medications.

HIV prevention medication project a success, based on early results: Adrian Dix (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Nearly 2,000 B.C. residents have taken a medication to prevent HIV in the past six months either before or after having high-risk sex, Health Minister Adrian Dix said today.

HIV-prevention drug used by 2,000 B.C. patients since becoming fully-funded (Dr. Julio Montaner)

More than 2,000 people with HIV or at high risk of infection have accessed a potentially life-saving medication since it was placed under PharmaCare coverage earlier this year.

Letter to the editor: heed the drug warnings (BCCSU)

The RCMP was wise to issue a warning about fentanyl (Vanguard; June 6, 2018). However, “seizures” are not likely caused by fentanyl. Anecdotes from folk who “admitted to using the drug” is not scientific evidence. Drug users have no idea what they are taking. Neither do dealers. So police are left in the dark – they rarely have access to toxicology reports. Autopsies are infrequent in Nova Scotia. “Warnings” may worsen dangers.

Drug resistance: The climate change of human health. Is Canada ready? (VCH)

ALDERGROVE, B.C.—Wendy and George Gould were supposed to grow old together.

'Action is needed today': B.C. facing acute shortage of care aides for seniors, report warns

British Columbia is facing a growing crisis of staffing shortages in seniors care, according to a new report.

Action needed to address seniors care worker shortage crisis, says BCCPA

BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) on Monday released its report titled, Situation Critical: A Made-in-BC Plan to Address the Seniors Care Labour Shortage. The report contains priority actions to address the lack of health care assistants who provide frontline seniors care.

Foundry Centre Announced for Terrace (Foundry)

A Foundry Youth Centre for young people dealing with mental health and addiction issues is being established in Terrace.

‘How could this happen?’: After losing loved ones to opioids, grieving relatives take action

Nearly 4,000 Canadians died of opioid overdoses last year – a record high in a crisis that shows no signs of abating. The mounting deaths have turned ordinary citizens into vocal advocates for drug-policy reform; Grief has made way for action.

Dozens walk to raise awareness, funds for scleroderma on the West Shore (SPH)

Dozens of people gathered on the West Shore to walk and raise awareness of a rare disease called scleroderma on Sunday.

Point Grey Secondary grads compare notes 50 years apart (SPH)

As Point Grey Secondary School’s 2018 Grade 12 grads gathered to say farewell and celebrate their achievements on Friday, members of the graduating class of 1968 took time out to visit them ahead of their own 50th reunion party.

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