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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.’s opioid crisis stokes debate about addiction management versus abstinence (Vancouver Coastal Health)

Members of B.C.’s addiction recovery community are outraged after a medical health officer working on the overdose crisis suggested addicts should use prescribed drug treatments for the rest of the lives.

420 Vancouver organizers report they've settled city bills for 2018, mostly (St. Paul's Hospital)

A lead organizer of Vancouver's annual 420 festival and protest has said he's settled the event's bills for 2018.

Daphne Bramham: 'It's not OK to do drugs here,' says former addict in Portugal

Even in the face of economic problems, Portugal continues to support treatment and recovery services for drug users.

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.

Interior Health launches website targeting people who use drugs alone

If you or someone you know is using illicit drugs alone, Interior Health wants to know what it can do to help save your life.

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