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Exercise is the best medicine, B.C. doctors say

Don’t be surprised if instead of a prescription for pills, your doctor fills one out for exercise. Especially if you’re inactive.

Doctors across B.C. are now taking delivery of new prescription pads to use for their less-active patients as part of a new health promotion program sponsored by Doctors of B.C. (formerly the B.C. Medical Association). The program is called Exercise is Medicine.


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Prescription heroin fight reaches B.C. courts

A local health authority and a legal rights group take their fight to court Tuesday to keep a heroin program alive after the federal government cracked down on doctors prescribing hard drugs.

Providence Health Care and the Pivot Legal Society are pushing for an injunction that would allow the former to maintain its SALOME treatment program that was serving more than 200 people.

Douglas King of Pivot said that since the federal government imposed changes last year, recovering addicts exiting the treatment portion have been unable to continue taking the clinical heroin.

Prescription heroin case going to Supreme Court

A battle between B.C. doctors and the federal government over the prescription of heroin to severely addicted users is set to enter Supreme Court.

Vancouver: Giving junkies a fix to keep them off the street

VANCOUVER, Canada — Walking back alleys in Vancouver’s impoverished Downtown Eastside, Kevin Thompson, 43, tells stories from roughly two decades of cocaine and heroin addiction.

Drug deals would sometimes go bad, and he was robbed and assaulted. One notable incident involved a fight over a waffle iron that ended with a golf club being broken over his head. “It can be a lot of hassle just to get what you need for the day,” Thompson recalls.

But even trouble-free buys weren’t much of a relief. A high never lasts long enough, he explains.

Canada's health minister fails to explain Ottawa's policies on harm reduction

Providence Health Care enters the B.C. Supreme Court with a request that doctors be allowed to prescribe a special class of patients diacetylmorphine, or pharmaceutical heroin.

Federal health minister Rona Ambrose has strongly opposed the plan to provide heroin-assisted therapy in Vancouver.

CBC Radio interviews PIVOT legal lawyer Douglas King about PHC's heroin case

Pivot legal lawyer Douglas King speaks to host Stephen Quinn about asking B.C. Supreme Court for an injunction to a group of five people access to prescription heroin.

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PIVOT fighting for right to use heroin-assisted treatment

The PIVOT legal society is fighting today to overturn a federal decision making it illegal for patients in life or death situations to have access to heroin-assisted treatment.

It wants its clients to continue to access the treatment as part of the SALOME study.

“Ideology should not be a ruling policy in this case; we need to be looking to what’s in the best interests of our clients’ health and the best interests of society,” says Douglas King with PIVOT.

Anita Bathe Reports

The Pivot Legal Society and Providence Health Care are in BC Supreme court this week

The Pivot Legal Society and Providence Health Care are in BC Supreme court this week, arguing five patients should be allowed access to prescription heroin to manage their addictions despite recent changes to federal laws.

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Victoria AIDS centre to close its doors Monday

Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Service Society (VARCS) is permanently closing its doors March 31, thanks to a new harm reduction model by the region's health authority.

Since 1991, VARCS has provided respite and community support services to people living with HIV/AIDS through contract funding from Island Health. Last year, VARCS received $165,000 for it work, which includes a region-wide needle exchange program.

B.C. hopes to ease jail crowding by hiking salaries of forensic psychiatrists to attract more doctors

Photograph by: Adrian Lam , Times Colonist

The B.C. government is trying to ease a psychiatric care crisis in correctional facilities by offering to increase the salaries of forensic psychiatrists, Health Minister Terry Lake said Monday.

A severe shortage of forensic psychiatrists and beds at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam has resulted in mentally ill people languishing in jail instead of being treated at the hospital.


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