Research Stories

Study Predicts COPD Epidemic in 20 Years, Potentially Overwhelming Healthcare Systems (Dr. Don Sin)

Researchers at Canada’s University of British Columbia (UBC) determined that despite a decline in smoking rates, there will be an epidemic of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) over the next two decades, with the potential to overwhelm healthcare systems.

Opinion: Can we eliminate hepatitis? (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Thursday is World Hepatitis Day, an occasion to celebrate the strides in treating and — lo and behold — curing those who suffer from hepatitis C.

Vancouver Prescriptions for Addicts Gain Attention as Heroin and Opioid Use Rises (Crosstown Clinic)

Dave Napio started doing heroin over four decades ago, at 11 years old. Like many addicts these days, he heads to Vancouver’s gritty Downtown Eastside neighborhood when he needs a fix.

Heroin addiction is a medical condition, not a crime

For the last 16 months, with fentanyl ravaging street-drug users across the country, more than 100 users at Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic have been quietly injecting prescription heroin. During that time, not one of the clinic’s patients has received heroin laced with fentanyl. Not one has overdosed. And not one has died.

Hydromorphone as effective as diacetylmorphine for severe opioid use disorder

Injected hydromorphone is as effective as diacetylmorphine for long-term street heroin injectors who won't take oral opioid maintenance treatment, according to Canadian researchers. 

Pain Medication Offers New Potential Treatment For Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction is extremely hard to overcome, but a team of scientists has found that an opioid painkiller offers a new potential treatment.

Dilaudid Subs for Heroin in Supervised Injection Program

Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) may be able to substitute for heroin in medically supervised injection programs, researchers found.

Heroin Addiction Could Be Safely Curbed With This Morphine-Like Drug

Heroin addiction is notorious for being one of the most difficult addictions to overcome, but researchers from Canada have discovered that a morphine-like drug has the potential to curb the addiction in a safe and effective way.

Street heroin use could be curbed with morphine-like drug

Heroin addiction is notoriously difficult to overcome, but a new study finds that some people with particularly serious addictions may benefit from treatment with a drug related to morphine.

Narcotic pain medication could be alternative treatment for heroin users

A licensed pain medication could be used as an effective treatment for chronic heroin addiction, according to new research.

Injecting common painkiller an alternative to heroin, Vancouver study finds

Offering a legal painkiller to chronic heroin addicts can help them stop using street drugs and reduce the crime that goes along with it, concludes a Vancouver-based study released Wednesday.

Vancouver researchers find pain medication can work as treatment for severe heroin addiction

Since November 2014, a small group of Vancouver doctors has administered prescription heroin as a treatment for severe addiction to opioids.

Pain medication can be used to treat severe heroin addicts: Vancouver study

For nine years, Max’s life spiralled out of control as a heroin addiction following a car crash had him living on the streets, barely eating and constantly hungering for his next fix.

Vancouver study finds possible new treatment path for heroin addiction

People with chronic heroin addiction may soon have another treatment option after the conclusion of a groundbreaking study in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Opioid Painkiller May Be New Treatment for Heroin Addicts

Hydromorphone — an opioid painkiller — may be another treatment option for heroin addiction, a new Canadian study suggests.

Heroin nearly killed me but pain med saved me: Max

A groundbreaking study conducted on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside has found hydromorphine could be beneficial to drug addicts trying to turn their lives around.