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John Horgan: New primary-care networks will deliver faster, better health care (New SPH)

Good health is the foundation for a good life. But for too long, too many B.C. patients have been struggling to access the services they need. People can’t find a family doctor, are waiting too long for surgeries and diagnostics, and worry about caring for their aging loved ones.

Vancouver doctors call for ‘heroin compassion clubs’ to reduce overdose deaths (BCCSU)

A B.C. organization whose mandate is to develop and help implement new approaches to substance use and addiction has recommended “heroin compassion clubs” be set up in Vancouver and across the province to reduce the mounting number of overdose deaths.

Report calls for sale of ‘safe’ heroin to ease overdose crisis (BCCSU)

Compassion clubs — like those that provided access to cannabis when it was prohibited — should be established to sell safe and regulated heroin to reduce overdose deaths caused by illicit fentanyl, the B.C. Centre for Substance Use said in a report Thursday.

Drug policy experts call for legal heroin sales to combat overdose crisis (BCCSU)

A new report is calling for the “urgent” implementation of legally regulated heroin sales and “heroin compassion clubs” in British Columbia as a way to reduce overdoses linked to fentanyl and make a dent in sales of the drug by organized crime.

BC group wants regulated heroin to be sold to drug users to curb overdoses (BCCSU)

A report released today by the BC Centre for Substance Use (BCCSU) is calling on the province to implement heroin compassion clubs in order to reduce the number of fentanyl-related deaths and impacts of global organized crime.

BC officials recommend legally regulating heroin sales in BC to combat overdose deaths and organized crime (BCCSU)

Overdose deaths in BC have reached epidemic standards. According to the BC government, there were 1,489 suspected drug overdose deaths in BC in 2018 alone. 

UBC researchers discover how blood vessels protect the brain during inflammation (HLI, SPH)

Researchers from the University of British Columbia have discovered how blood vessels protect the brain during inflammation—a finding that could lead to the development of new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as stroke, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem (Dr. Evan Wood, BCCSU, Crosstown)

Legally regulated heroin sales is the next step needed to curb the staggering number of overdose deaths in B.C. – a majority of which were caused by illicit fentanyl, a new report says.

Report coming Thursday to outline proposal for legally regulated heroin sales (BCCSU)

A new report being released Thursday is expected to outline a possible model for legally regulated heroin sales.

B.C. Budget 2019: Health care spending tops $21 billion a year (New SPH)

The B.C. Ministry of Health will spend about $21 billion in the 2019/20 fiscal year, $21.5 billion in 2020/21 and $22.1 billion in 2021/22. The 2018/2019 budget was $19.8 billion. Those figures don’t include the $10 million allocated to the Ministry of Mental Health and Additions in each of the next three fiscal periods.

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