Urban Health

How Europe's heroin capital solved its overdose crisis (Crosstown Clinic)

In a Lisbon gymnasium, people whose bodies have been ravaged by drugs are trying to put their lives back together.


'It's a really diverse population that's being affected': B.C. overdoses killing non-addicts, partiers (Dr. Evan Wood)

The pattern of overdoses in B.C. is reframing the fentanyl crisis: It’s not just about addicts any more, according to the director of the B.C. Centre on Substance Use.

Health Canada to allow more access to prescription heroin to curb opioid crisis (Dr. Scott MacDonald)

Health Canada’s proposal to loosen regulations on importing prescription-grade heroin to treat opioid addiction is being hailed as a crucial step to reducing fentanyl-fuelled deaths across the country.

Overdose-prevention sites join Insite in extending hours during welfare-check weeks

Overdose-prevention sites in the Downtown Eastside will remain open later than usual this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (April 26 to 28).

Baby boomers not included in task force guidelines for hepatitis C screening (Dr. Julio Montaner)

The average Canadian adult does not need to be screened for infection with hepatitis C, a blood-borne virus that can in time cause cirrhosis or cancer of the liver, says a task force that develops practice guidelines for primary-care providers.

'It's coming': Lessons from Vancouver in Canada's opioid crisis

It’s 8:30 p.m. on a chilly, West Coast evening and Jessica is dancing in an alley.

Bulk Heroin imports (Crosstown Clinic)

Canada is making it easier for health authorities to import prescription heroin in bulk as a way to help combat the deadly overdose crisis.

Health Canada proposes changes to rules on importing prescription heroin (Dr. Scott MacDonald)

Health Canada is moving to relax rules on importing drugs, such as pharmaceutical-grade heroin, knocking down yet another barrier to a last-resort addiction treatment amid a worsening overdose crisis.

'Trashed' field around 4/20 pot rally to be closed for weeks

The fields around Vancouver's Sunset Beach could be closed for upwards of a month following a massive 4/20 pot rally that drew tens of thousands of people – and left the area a muddy mess.

Howard Normann, Director of Parks for the City of Vancouver, said while the field was left in great shape after the 2016 event because of the dry spring, this year's soggy weather means the grassy areas hadn't dried out after days of rain.

Opioid crisis: 25 per cent of St. Paul's ER visits are overdoses

A year after B.C.'s top doctor declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, the number of people dying is still skyrocketing and causing untold devastation to families.


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