Mental Health

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.

Premier Christy Clark promises $10-million to fight drug deaths (Dr. Evan Wood)

Premier Christy Clark poked fun at her own expense to open her wide-ranging speech to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention but moved on to weightier topics, ending on a promise of $10-million in funding to fight substance abuse deaths in B.C.

St. Paul’s Hospital Addiction and Mental Health Care Brilliant (Dr. Keith Ahamad)

The number brought the crowd roaring to its feet.

BRILLIANT NIGHT:

After three years at the Commodore Ballroom, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation severed ties with the venue and creator of the event for mental health, moving the party to the Rocky Mountaineer.  

Hemlines: Stylish gala makes good for mental health (St. Paul's Foundation)

Fans of art, fashion and philanthropy are invited to attend the St. Paul’s Foundation’s Brilliant “Into the Gallery” gala benefitting mental health and addiction programs at St. Paul’s Hospital.

Brilliant 2016 fundraiser supports mental health and addiction in B.C. (St. Paul's Foundation)

St Paul’s Hospital sponsors Brilliant 2016 – a unique fundraiser in support of drug addiction and mental health treatment. We get details from Dr. Bill MacEwan, Head of Psychiatry at St. Paul’s and event producer Vladimir Markovich.

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