Urban Health

Opening a supervised injection site 'not a simple process': new guidelines aim to help (Dr. Thomas Kerr)

With more supervised injections sites opening in B.C. and applications moving through the Health Canada approval process, the B.C. Centre for Substance Use has published a new set of guidelines for running these facilities.

To win the fight against AIDS, we must end the war on drugs (Dr. Julio Montaner and Dr. Kora DeBeck)

There is much to celebrate: the end of AIDS may be in sight.

Opinion: How to effectively address the overdose epidemic

We’re now more than a year into the public health emergency declared by British Columbia’s provincial health officer as a result of the province’s rising rate of drug overdose deaths.

Overdose statistics – February 2016

Fatal overdoses

According to the BC Coroners Service, in January 2017 there were 116 overdose (OD) deaths due to illicit drug use across BC. 50 of the deaths occurred in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 45 of them were in Vancouver.

Overdoses in VCH & PHC urban areas

From January 1 to February 18, 2017 there were 1,008 illicit or unknown drug overdoses at VCH and PHC emergency departments (ED). Opioids accounted for 32% of the visits with heroin being the most commonly reported substance. 38% of the overdose visits were due to an unknown substance.

Closing of St. Paul's Hospital’s AIDS ward is symbolic of progress

For more than a decade, Ward 10C was ground zero in Canada’s struggle against the AIDS epidemic.

An otherwise sterile and unremarkable room within Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital, Ward 10C was a place where patients came to die. The generic name was code for the hospital’s AIDS unit.

B.C. Nurse Practitioners Are Allowed To Prescribe Opioid Substitutes To Drug Addicts (BCCSU)

Nurse practitioners in British Columbia are now able to prescribe substitute medication for opioids to people who are experiencing drug addition. 

Nurse practitioners in B.C. can now prescribe opioid substitutes

Nurse practitioners in B.C. will now be able to prescribe opioid substitute medications to those experiencing addiction, the province announced Wednesday.

Nurse practitioners can now prescribe opioid addiction drugs (BCCSU)

Nurse practitioners in British Columbia now have the power to prescribe drugs used to treat opioid addiction, reports the Canadian Press.

Fentanyl overdose survivors require little if any hospital treatment (SPH)

Most fentanyl overdose survivors, if given the antidote promptly, don't need prolonged hospital treatment, according to a study by University of British Columbia physicians.

BC nurse practitioners can now prescribe drugs for opioid addiction (BCCSU)

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – As BC continues to grapple with an ongoing, widespread deadly opioid crisis, there is some hope to help people. Nurse practitioners in this province now have the power to prescribe drugs used to treat opioid addiction.

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