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Vancouver health authority wants to hear from drug users about 'bad dope'

It has been six weeks since Vancouver Coastal Health launched an online program for drug users to report overdose-causing drugs, but so far the system has seen very little use.

Your Call: How is Vancouver dealing with its opioid crisis & what can we learn from it? (Dr. Keith Ahamad)

Vancouver and San Francisco are iconic West Coast cities with many things in common — including large numbers of people addicted to hard drugs. In recent years, Vancouver has been at the forefront of new approaches to addiction, including safe injection sites. 

Don’t criminalize people on HIV treatment (Dr. Julio Montaner and Dr. Kora DeBeck)

The emergence of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the 1980s was a traumatizing and terrifying time in modern history. The first public and political reactions were exploited by elected officials, often for political gain and by homophobic groups to further stigmatize and marginalize the gay community.

B.C. report calls for decriminalization of illicit drugs to quell opioid epidemic

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has released 10 recommendationsto reduce the number of overdose deaths across B.C., a list that includes the decriminalization of illicit drugs.

Report outlines need for rapid expansion of prescription opioids in response to the fentanyl crisis

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control and Provincial Health Services Authority have published a radical policy document that outlines a path forward in the fentanyl crisis.

Young Osoyoos woman using Miss Canada Petite pageant to represent those with rare diseases (St. Paul's Hospital)

When Chelsea Cameron-Horner competes in the Miss Canada Petite pageant this week in Toronto, she’ll be representing Osoyoos and doing something memorable for Canada 150.

Legal weed: An accidental solution to the opioid crisis? (Stephanie Lake and Dr. M-J Milloy)

It’s hard to go a day in Canada without hearing about at least one of two types of drugs – but for vastly different reasons. One class of drug — opioids — kills four people a day in British Columbia. The other — cannabis — will be legal for adult purchase and consumption by this time next year.

Opinion: Drug-checking services could help prevent overdoses (BC Centre on Substance Use)

In recent years across B.C., a public-health tragedy has resulted in thousands of preventable deaths from street drugs containing powerful opioids such as fentanyl or its analogs.

Crosstown Clinic mentioned on CBC's Ottawa Morning (Dr. Scott MacDonald)

It's a program to tackle addiction by giving homeless drug users controlled doses of opioids.

Smoky summer skies a new reality for B.C. (Dr. Don Sin)

The nearly two-week stretch of poor air quality that has socked Metro Vancouver in a hazy fog is a palpable reminder that climate change will directly affect human health, says a UBC professor who studies the link between the warming climate and respiratory disease.

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