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Wasted lives: The cost of alcohol addiction (Dr. Keith Ahamad, St. Paul's Hospital)

This story is part of CBC Radio One’s series 'Wasted Lives: B.C.'s Ignored Addiction Crisis,' that airs on On The Coast Dec. 4-8. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The ongoing opioid crisis and rash of overdoses from illicit drugs has been at the forefront of many British Columbian's minds, but the biggest, least discussed addiction on the rise in the province is a legal substance: alcohol.

B.C. has the highest rate in the country of hospitalizations entirely caused by alcohol, and consumption is rising faster in the province than elsewhere in Canada…

B.C. attorney general to rethink charging people who don't disclose HIV status prior to sex

B.C.'s Attorney General, David Eby, marked World AIDS Day in Vancouver on Dec. 1, 2017 at the Carnegie Community Centre. (Martin Diotte/CBC)

David Eby says crown counsel to review federal report that says HIV is a health matter

Comment: Scare tactics less effective in overdose crisis (B.C. Centre on Substance Use)

The illicit-drug overdose crisis has taken more than 2,000 lives in British Columbia since January 2016, and the province is likely to surpass the 1,500 mark for deaths in 2017 alone

On World AIDS Day 2017: British Columbia on target to meet goals to help end HIV/AIDS epidemic (Dr. Viviane Lima, B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)


Although British Columbia once the bore the brunt of the AIDS crisis in Canada, the province is now leading the way with progress in the country. According to the Vancouver-based B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), B.C. is on the right path to meet United Nations 90-90-90 goals established to bring an end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

5 patients a day waiting 40 or more minutes for ambulances: documents (St. Paul's Hospital)

More than five patients a day are left waiting more than 40 minutes for an ambulance in high-priority cases in Metro Vancouver, as the province’s emergency response system scrambles to catch up to increasing demand, according to documents obtained by CTV News.

Last winter, that number rose to almost 11 patients a day for emergency “Code 3” calls that require a lights-and-sirens response, according to individual records of calls provided after a freedom of information request…

Carnegie Community Centre to mark World AIDS Day 2017 with 12 hours of speakers and discussion (Dr. Julio Montaner, B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

A full day of events at the Carnegie Community Centre commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1. TRAVIS LUPICK

In the early 1990s, John Cameron was unemployed and struggling with a case of depression that he fell into after he was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Then a friend named Alicia Mercurio encouraged him to get involved in the community and help coordinating events for World AIDS Day 1994.

Cameron reluctantly agreed. And now, all these years later, he finds himself organizing the largest series of community events for World AIDS Day in Canada…

Nurse returning from Bangladesh highlights 'resilience' of Rohingya refugees (Moses Li, St. Paul's Hospital)

Moses Li, an emergency nurse at St. Paul's hospital, volunteered in Bangladesh to help Rohingya refugees. JENNIFER GAUTHIER / FOR METRO

Moses Li says he hopes fellow Canadians will recognize Rohingya families are stuck in a precarious place in Bangladesh, as they can’t return home.

More prescription opioids needed to fight overdose crisis, says Gregor Robertson (Dr. Scott MacDonald, Crosstown Clinic)

Gregor Robertson outside Vancouver City Hall (Jenni Sheppard/Daily Hive)

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has called for the BC government to provide more clean prescription opioids to fight the city’s overdose crisis.

Cost analysis backs immediate access to agonist drugs for opioid dependence (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

A new cost-effectiveness study published this month suggests that California, the state that treats the largest population of opioid-dependent individuals, would gain immensely from offering patients immediate access to agonist drug treatments in the public system.

Higher-risk groups should get greater access to HIV drugs, new guidelines say (Canadian HIV Trials Network)

Groups at higher risk of HIV infection should have access to a course of anti-retroviral medications before and after exposure to the virus, according to new national guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of the disease in Canada.


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