Urban Health

Opioid crisis requires trying ‘everything’: Expert on prescribed heroin

Desperate times call for rational measures.

Is prescription heroin the future of addiction treatment?

As a UBC student, it’s nearly impossible to ignore the current opioid crisis in Vancouver. Advertisements for Naloxone — an opioid overdose-reversing drug — are plastered across campus and yet when these are coupled with news headlines of record-high overdose rates, it’s natural to wonder if there exist other forms of treatment.

Opinion: Public-private sectors collaborate to help vulnerable patients (HUB)

A new, innovative, health-care facility is under construction and slated to open this spring at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. It will have a positive impact on the lives of people with mental-health and substance-use challenges.

DUDES Club helping men protect their health amid overdose crisis

The DUDES Club is worried about attendance.

Vancouver health officials scrambling to slow drug-overdose deaths, government emails reveal (Crosstown Clinic)

Vision Vancouver councillor Kerry Jang was caught off his guard when Downtown Eastside activists established an unsanctioned injection site last September.

City of Vancouver says overdose numbers in March likely to surpass February totals (Crosstown Clinic)

Vancouver officials are again raising concerns about the opioid overdose crisis, saying the March overdose toll will likely be worse than last month.

'You need to be brave': expert calls on government to fund prescription opioids (Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes)

Opioid researcher Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes is calling on the provincial government to fund substitution therapy to stop the overdose crisis.

Expert calls on government to fund prescription opiates (Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes)

Research scientist Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes says the way to save opiate addicts' lives is to give them clean drugs, like prescription hydromorphone.

UN adds fentanyl-making chemicals to list of controlled substances (Dr. Evan Wood)

The narcotic fentanyl took centre stage at the annual United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, March 16.

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


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