Urban Health

Vancouver archbishop: Overdose crisis is ‘devastating families’

Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver called on Catholics to respond to a drug overdose crisis that had been sweeping the city, “cutting across every segment of society, devastating families and communities.”

B.C. study to look at how people use marijuana ahead of legalization (Dr. M-J Milloy)

A new study by the B.C. Centre on Substance Use aims to find out how and why people use marijuana, ahead of the federal government’s move to legalize the drug.

Feds, B.C. Sign Health Agreement With Funding To Fight Opioid Overdose Crisis

Money from Ottawa to fight an ongoing overdose crisis helped sway British Columbia into signing a new 10-year, $1.4 billion health funding deal, says the province's health minister.

New study seeks answers on how Canadians use cannabis (Dr. M-J Milloy)

A new study looking at how Canadians use cannabis is being launched by the B.C. Centre on Substance Use.

Archbishop's pastoral letter released

We've heard from politicians, police, paramedics and physicians.

Dr. Keith Ahamad on the evidence behind prescription heroin

Heroin is legal for treating addiction in Switzerland, Denmark, Germany and the UK. The evidence shows Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) works, and can also reduce crime and human suffering. “It benefits everybody.”

Londoners take a step towards supervised injection services (Dr. Thomas Kerr)

About 70 per cent of those cases, according to the Health Unit, are due to injection drug use at a time when HIV rates are declining elsewhere across Ontario.

Beyond harm reduction

Melody Cooper throws a purple ball across the well-worn grass at the East Vancouver dog park, sending her dog, Squeak, bounding across the field. The Jack Russell-poodle cross is wearing a camouflage coat, pulled taut by a belly that jiggles with each bound.

Can supervised injection sites help tackle the opioid crisis? (Dr. Scott MacDonald)

In response to the opioid overdose crisis that continues to grip the country, mayors of 12 major Canadian cities formed a task force last week aimed at targeting drug addiction. 

Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O'Leary backs prescription-heroin program that Harper tried to shut down

Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary has said he supports a prescription-heroin program that remains highly controversial among his party colleagues.

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