Mental Health

Mental health and drug addiction included in Vancouver police's top priorities

The Vancouver Police Department released its five-year plan Tuesday, highlighting strategies that address the ongoing fentanyl crisis as well as the mental health of its officers and the city’s residents.

B.C. aims to improve addiction treatment (Dr. Evan Wood)

Finding the best addiction treatment in B.C. is notoriously difficult because there’s no single system to navigate, says the doctor at the helm of a newly announced research centre.

“The medical side of addiction treatment isn’t well established,” says Dr. Evan Wood, who was named interim head of the new research centre by Premier Christy Clark on Sept. 28.

Seattle Tries to Curb Heroin Deaths by Offering a Safe Place to Use

Seattle’s supervised injection center will be the first of its kind in the U.S., but New York is already considering a similar plan.

Prescription Heroin?! (Crosstown Clinic)

Canada has taken a surprising approach in their fight against the heroin epidemic: prescription heroin. Addiction specialist Ken Seeley joins The Doctors to discuss this plan.

Mental illness rates high among hard-to-reach people with HIV/AIDS in B.C.: Study (BC CfE - Dr. Robert Hogg)

Addressing the underlying mental health issues of harder-to-reach people with HIV/AIDS is important for treatment, a British Columbia researcher says.

Should hard drugs be criminalized? (Crosstown Clinic)

A Vancouver clinic has been giving out free heroin to addicts for years. They say harm-reduction techniques are more effective than law enforcement in getting addicts off drugs. Should hard drugs such as heroin be decriminalized?

Fred Lee Social Network: Brilliant! runway party fashions record night, while brunch bunch boosts bucks for AIDS care (Dr. Bill MacEwan)

MIND AND HEART

After three years at the Commodore Ballroom, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation severed ties with the venue and creator of Brilliant! — a unique event for mental health — moving the party to the Rocky Mountaineer train station for its fourth instalment.

Canada Is Now Prescribing Heroin to Fight Addiction (Dr. Scott MacDonald, Crosstown Clinic)

Heroin addicts in Canada can now get their fix with a doctor's prescription. As of September 13, doctors who apply for a permit from Canada's Special Access Program can prescribe diacetylmorphine, or pharmaceutical grade heroin, to severely addicted patients.

Editorial: Dealing with addiction a monumental task

The startling numbers of deaths from illicit drug overdoses, mainly related to fentanyl, has put B.C.’s medical system into crisis mode.

B.C. to spend additional $10 million in battle against overdoses (Dr. Evan Wood)

British Columbia will create a centre to research drug addiction and provide education and guidance to health-care providers but more must be done to battle an illicit-drug overdose crisis, the premier says.

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