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It’s time to stop opioid prohibition and start regulation (Dr. Thomas Kerr)

During the era of alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, an average of 1,000 people a year lost their lives from consuming illicitly produced alcohol in North America. The prohibition of alcohol forced its production into underground markets, without regulation or governmental oversight. As a result, the liquor produced was often contaminated, unpredictable in its potency and caused blindness, hallucinations and death.

In B.C., ‘immediate action’ on opioid crisis is open to political interpretation

British Columbia’s major party leaders exchanged jabs on the issue of the overdose crisis during this week’s televised debate, citing money spent – and not spent – as an indication of progress to date. But were their comments accurate?

In B.C., ‘immediate action’ on opioid crisis is open to political interpretation

British Columbia’s major party leaders exchanged jabs on the issue of the overdose crisis during this week’s televised debate, citing money spent – and not spent – as an indication of progress to date. But were their comments accurate?

'It's like living in a war zone': Overdose calls spike in Vancouver

The volume of emergency calls for overdoses and opioid-related deaths spiked again last week, and this week promises to be no better.

Heroin as drug treatment saves lives, millions of dollars: clinic (Dr. Scott MacDonald)

Every minute of every one of John Pinkney’s days was once consumed with the hustle for heroin.

Drug controls are 'absolutely pathetic,' activist says regulation will save lives

A Vancouver based drug policy researcher has been working for decades to get the federal government to regulate illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine.

How Europe's heroin capital solved its overdose crisis (Crosstown Clinic)

In a Lisbon gymnasium, people whose bodies have been ravaged by drugs are trying to put their lives back together.

 

'It's a really diverse population that's being affected': B.C. overdoses killing non-addicts, partiers (Dr. Evan Wood)

The pattern of overdoses in B.C. is reframing the fentanyl crisis: It’s not just about addicts any more, according to the director of the B.C. Centre on Substance Use.

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