Urban Health

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.

Downtown Eastside overdose clinic closes to doctors, ambulances (Rapid Access Addiction Clinic)

A mobile emergency medical unit set up in the Downtown Eastside in December to help handle the high volume of drug overdoses in the community will scale back its services Monday and will no longer provide doctors on site or serve as a drop-off spot for ambulances.

Dr. Scott MacDonald interviewed on CBC's On the Coast

Listen to Dr. Scott MacDonald discuss Crosstown Clinic on CBC's On the Coast.

How will legal pot be sold in B.C.? Province still hazy on answers (Dr. M-J Milloy)

The federal Liberals have finally said when marijuana will be legal in Canada — July 1, 2018 — but just how the drug will be sold above-board in B.C. remains unclear.


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