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HUB at St. Paul’s Hospital to transform emergency access, treatment and follow up for people with mental-health and/or substance-use challenges

HUB marries public and private sector, philanthropy and innovation to better serve vulnerable patients

Overdose statistics – January 2016

Atira Women’s Resources Society’s Rice Block building where 38 new beds opened for women with substance use issues

Fatal overdoses

According to the BC Coroners Service, in 2016 there were 914 overdose (OD) deaths due to illicit drug use across BC. Fentanyl was detected in 60% of them. 253 of the deaths occurred in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, including 215 in Vancouver, 11 in Richmond, and 27 in the North Shore Coast Garibaldi region. Males comprise 80% of the deaths.

Providence Health Care and Pivot Legal Society welcome Health Canada’s amendments to allow access to medical heroin

Providence Health Care, which operates the Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver Canada, and Pivot Legal Society, said this week’s announcement by Health Canada that once again allows doctors to prescribe diacetylmorphine – or pharmaceutical-grade heroin – under Health Canada’s Special Access Program is an important step forward in the treatment of chronic opioid dependence.

Allowing access to diacetylmorphine, or medical heroin, to patients who need it, ensures that life-saving treatments get delivered to vulnerable people suffering from chronic opioid use.

Providence Health Care doctor speaks to US Senate Committee as heroin and opioid use rises

Providence Health Care’s Crosstown Clinic’s lead physician Dr. Scott MacDonald testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs today.

His remarks were part of a hearing titled “America’s Insatiable Demand for Drugs: Examining Alternative Approaches” .

Vancouver Prescriptions for Addicts Gain Attention as Heroin and Opioid Use Rises (Crosstown Clinic)

Dave Napio started doing heroin over four decades ago, at 11 years old. Like many addicts these days, he heads to Vancouver’s gritty Downtown Eastside neighborhood when he needs a fix.

Results of World’s First Study on New Treatment for Heroin Addiction

The results of the ground-breaking SALOME research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry, show chronic heroin addiction now has another effective treatment tool – hydromorphne, a licensed pain medication.

HIV/AIDS specialist advocates sweeping approach to battle against hepatitis C (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Could hepatitis C be the next communicable disease to come under a targeted attack in B.C.?

Grand opening of the Granville Youth Health Centre

Youth who are vulnerable and homeless or at risk of homelessness are being provided with a stepping stone to help them back on the right path with today’s grand opening of the Granville Youth Health Centre.

In Vancouver, working so mentally ill get care instead of a cop (Dr. Bill MacEwan, St. Paul's Hospital)

The night before Jim Chu’s first day as Vancouver police chief, a constable on the force shot and killed a 39-year-old bipolar man at a busy intersection on the edge of the city’s downtown.


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