St. Paul’s Hospital

Holidays didn't slow down the overdose crisis in Vancouver

Overdose numbers didn’t get any better in Vancouver over the holiday season, but on the bright side, they didn’t get much worse either.

The impoverished downtown of Vancouver is ground zero for deadly fentanyl overdose crisis (Dr. Nadia Fairbairn)

Sirens scream non-stop through the urban heart of Vancouver, as responders race toward drug addicts overdosing - and dying in such numbers that the city’s morgues are full.

Mobile Medical Unit brings hope, relief to B.C. overdose victims (Dr. Keith Ahamad)

The woman sits slouched in a black folding chair, slowly regaining her strength. She is recovering from her second overdose since being released from jail just four days earlier and physicians are watching her closely. She is crying.

Expert: addiction medicine needs to be included with all other specialties (Dr. Annabel Mead)

An expert in addiction treatment with St. Paul’s Hospital says the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons is making steps to include addiction medicine with all other specialties.

Cheque Day in the Downtown Eastside (Dr. Brian Lahiffe and Dr. Keith Ahamad)

The prevalence of fentanyl and carfentanil means drug users in the Downtown Eastside are always at risk, but never more so than when social assistance cheques arrive every month. The Globe spent roughly 24 hours in the troubled neighbourhood for a first-hand look at the overdose crisis

Doctors struggling to cope with growing number of overdose patients with brain damage (Dr. Del Dorscheid)

As the number of drug overdoses continues to rise in B.C., doctors are struggling to cope with the increasing number of patients facing irreversible brain damage and other long-term health issues.  

Drug crisis: More training for doctors caring for addicts (Dr. Annabel Mead)

As the province struggles with the on-going opioid crisis, more training is becoming available to help doctors treat those dealing with addiction.

Survivors of fentanyl overdoses often suffer devastating brain damage (Dr. Delbert Dorscheid)

While many lives have been lost to the fentanyl crisis, those who are fortunate enough to survive an overdose often suffer serious brain damage with little chance of making a full recovery.

'Finding my miracle': Communities give back after CTV Vancouver story

On a chilly day during December’s “snow-pocalypse”, I travelled to Port Moody with double my body weight in yarn donated by Metro Vancouverites.

2016 in Review: Vancouver and B.C.'s fentanyl crisis

If there was any doubt about the existence of a fentanyl crisis in 2015, there was no denying it in 2016. By the end of November there had been 755 overdose deaths in the province.


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