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.

Drug addiction should be health issue, not criminal (Crosstown Clinic)

Canada is currently in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis.

Are drug dealers who mix fentanyl into heroin serial killers? (Dr. Scott MacDonald)

Aiyanas Ormond with advocacy group the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users says Olsen’s comparison “really misses the mark.”

Crystal methamphetamine: the 'elephant in the room' on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Crouched on the wet floor of the Overdose Prevention Society's trailer on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Cody Waldner talks about the first time he got high on crystal methamphetamine.

For opiate addiction, study finds drug-assisted treatment is more effective than detox (Dr. Bohdan Nosyk, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Say you’re a publicly-insured Californian with an addiction to heroin, fentanyl or prescription narcotics, and you want to quit.

EDITORIAL: Best waylaid plans (Crosstown Clinic)

The fentanyl crisis in B.C. is getting worse.

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