Urban Health

Downtown Eastside residents mark health-emergency milestone with call for names of the dead

One year has passed since the B.C. government declared a public-health emergency in response to a sharp rise in drug-overdose deaths.

Memorial wall for overdose victims erected on DTES

Almost a year after British Columbia’s chief medical officer announced the province was in the middle of an opioid crisis and facing a public health emergency, a memorial wall for people who have died of an overdose has been erected on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Tuesday morning.

Why stop with pot? Let’s decriminalize all drugs

Canada is preparing to legalize and regulate possession of marijuana – with a target date of July 1, 2018.

B.C. mulls framework for expanded heroin-assisted treatment

Prescription heroin, a last-resort treatment for severe addiction currently restricted to only one clinic in all of North America, could one day be dispensed at pharmacies much as methadone is.

The unlikely fix: treating heroin addiction with heroin

In Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, heroin use has developed a whole new level of risk with the introduction of fentanyl to the streets.

SFU Chair appointed to new role in substance use research

Nearly one year after British Columbia declared a public health emergency because of a surge in overdose deaths, a new academic position has been created to help find solutions. 

SFU / St. Paul's appoint Substance Abuse research leader

The new head of a research team tackling Vancouver's opioid crisis says our city is seeing more overdose deaths than anywhere else.

Mobile medical unit on the Downtown Eastside to stop taking patients

The mobile medical unit (MMU) on the Downtown Eastside that opened to help relieve overwhelmed emergency responders amid the overdose crisis will stop accepting patients on Monday.

'It's abominable': Vancouver mayor reacts to overdose deaths

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson reacted once again to the opioid overdose situation in the city on Thursday after another bad week of overdoses and deaths.


Vancouver hits grim milestone as 100 people die from overdoses in 3 months (Crosstown Clinic)

One hundred people have died from suspected overdoses in Vancouver in the first three months of 2017.


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