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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.

New HUB at St. Paul’s Hospital to provide treatment and follow up for people with mental-health and/or substance-use challenges

New HUB at St. Paul’s Hospital to  provide treatment and follow up for people with mental-health and/or substance-use challenges.

Legal Heroin (Crosstown Clinic)

There are two very different groups of heroin addicts in the Downtown Eastside. Bernadette is a member of the first.

Vancouver clinic turns long-time addicts from prescription heroin to abstinence

Two long-time addicts have taken an unconventional road to sobriety: prescription heroin.

St. Paul's Hospital researchers, physicians, leaders and staff recognized during BC Legislature

 In the late 1880s, the Sisters of Providence arrived in Vancouver after hearing of needs in this burgeoning coastal city. When they arrived, they made a plan to meet the needs of people by building a 25-bed hospital. Their mandate, which still lives on, is about seeing suffering, feeling compassion and meeting needs. It's about the people.

Prescription Heroin as Medicine

Watch as Crosstown Clinic and prescription heroin are profiled on the New York Times.

Heroin Town (Crosstown Clinic)

Heroin is illegal in Canada. And just like in the United States many doctors and treatment centers treat heroin addiction by providing a legal alternative, such as methadone.

CBC On the Coast discusses Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to the Downtown East Side

CBC On the Coast discusses Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to the Downtown East Side

Listen to the full episode here

Segment begins at minute 11:55 and again at minute 1:40:00

Justin Trudeau talks B.C.'s opioid crisis in Vancouver (BC Centre on Substance Use)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Vancouver Friday morning, hearing from first responders about B.C.'s opioid crisis, and participating in a Q and A session with politically-minded youth.

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