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B.C.'s future doctors are starting their career in the middle of an opioid crisis. Here's how they'll solve it

Medical students from the University of British Columbia travelled to Victoria Monday to lobby the provincial government for action on the opioid crisis.

‘Red Zones’ Set the Marginalized Up for More Trouble, Study Finds (Will Damon, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

One in five court-ordered release conditions restrict where a person can go — with harsh results.

Health minister 'willing to consider' prescription heroin—where appropriate in B.C. (Crosstown Clinic)

Terry Lake, British Columbia's health minister, clarified his reasons for not immediately authorizing prescription heroin to opioid users for whom other treatments have failed, despite thousands dying of overdoses in the past year in B.C.

Canada's Fentanyl Crisis: A Conversation with Dr. Christopher Fairgrieve

Dr. Christopher Fairgrieve is a member of British Columbia's Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

B.C. opens on-demand addiction treatment clinic to tackle overdose crisis (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

On-demand addiction treatment is now available in the Vancouver neighbourhood hardest-hit by the ongoing opioid overdose crisis.

How drug potency and online ordering are fuelling Canada’s opioid crisis (Dr. Thomas Kerr)

Illicit drugs have always been a problem in port cities, but experts say the emergence of highly potent synthetic opioids that are fuelling British Columbia’s overdose crisis are slipping through borders in new ways, presenting challenges for law enforcement.

Heroin concept garners attention (Crosstown Clinic)

A public suggestion by the provincial coroner to provide heroin to addicts is turning some heads.

Conversations That Matter: Injectable heroin just part of helping chronic addicts (Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes)

This week’s Conversation That Matters features Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes, who led a team of researchers that ran the NAOMI and SALOME clinical trials on the effectiveness of providing chronic heroin addicts with medical heroin, or hydromorphone.

Can Decriminalizing Drugs Solve Canada's Opioid Crisis? (Dr. Scott MacDonald)

During the National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis in Canada, protesters called for an end to drug prohibition. 

Evidence already in prescription heroin saves lives: B.C. top doctor (Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes)

B.C.'s provincial health officer seemingly contradicted health minister Terry Lake's assertion that “we need the evidence first” before allowing any more patients to receive clean prescription heroin — amidst an overdose epidemic that's claimed more than 1,000 lives in the province in the past year alone.

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