Urban Health

'Alarming rate' of OD deaths among young Indigenous people in B.C.: study (Cedar Project)

 Indigenous drug users in British Columbia are 13 times more likely to die compared with other Canadians of the same age, says a decade-long study calling for cultural connections as a path to healing deep-rooted pain.

Debate over drug consumption sites might be coming to end (Dr. Thomas Kerr)

In the space of two years, the number of supervised consumption sites approved to operate in Canada has gone from one to 22, plus three interim sites.

Alberta approves pilot programs for injectable opioid therapy (Crosstown Clinic)

Albertans who have struggled with traditional forms of opioid treatment such as suboxone and methadone could soon have access to an injectable form of therapy.

Federal health minister makes first visit to Downtown Eastside (Crosstown Clinic)

A pair of federal ministers visited Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood on Saturday to announce an increase in federal funding for one of the programs doing work in the area.

Jordan Westfall: How can we accept that the fentanyl crisis is becoming the "new normal"?

This Saturday, federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor will be in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to visit ground zero of the worst public-health crisis in decades. In British Columbia, people are dying of drug overdose at a rate of almost four per day. Across Canada, more people are dying than at the height of the HIV-AIDS epidemic.

Urgent need for injectable addiction treatment in B.C.: addictions minister

British Columbia’s addictions minister has asked health authorities to move quickly to increase use of an injectable drug that could save the lives of chronic substance users who haven’t responded to treatment with oral medication.

B.C. funding rapid-access treatment, public safety to address overdose crisis (Dr. Evan Wood)

 People on the front lines of British Columbia’s opioid overdose crisis are applauding the government’s announcement of more funding in an attempt to stem the death toll.

Portuguese expert urges Canada to declare overdose crisis a health emergency (Crosstown Clinic)

The head of Portugal’s addictions directorate is urging Canada to declare the opioid overdose crisis a national health emergency.

On Vancouver visit, Portugal’s renowned drug czar says fentanyl should be declared a national emergency (Crosstown Clinic)

Dr. João Goulão has received international attention for the lead role he played in Portugal’s fundamental shift in drug policy. It culminated with a massive investment in treatment options and, in 2001, the decriminalization of illicit narcotics, including cocaine and heroin. In subsequent years, such progressive policies resulted in invitations from around the world.

Methadone switch contributed to opioid crisis: drug users (BC Centre on Substance Use)

Drug users trying to quit heroin are gathered for a meeting in Vancouver with one mission in mind: to support each other through the struggles of a reformulated treatment drug they say hasn't worked and has instead contributed to the opioid epidemic.

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