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Opinion: Public-private sectors collaborate to help vulnerable patients (HUB)

A new, innovative, health-care facility is under construction and slated to open this spring at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. It will have a positive impact on the lives of people with mental-health and substance-use challenges.

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

Saving Lives with Heroin (Crosstown Clinic)

For 30 years, Russell Cooper’s life was dominated by a crippling heroin addiction. He first tried it with a friend in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in his early 20s, and it made all his self-esteem and anxiety issues disappear. But the cost was the breakdown of his marriage, getting fired from his railroad job, and serving seven years in prison for robbing banks to support his habit.

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.

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.?

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