Urban Health

Your Call: How is Vancouver dealing with its opioid crisis & what can we learn from it? (Dr. Keith Ahamad)

Vancouver and San Francisco are iconic West Coast cities with many things in common — including large numbers of people addicted to hard drugs. In recent years, Vancouver has been at the forefront of new approaches to addiction, including safe injection sites. 

B.C. report calls for decriminalization of illicit drugs to quell opioid epidemic

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has released 10 recommendationsto reduce the number of overdose deaths across B.C., a list that includes the decriminalization of illicit drugs.

Report outlines need for rapid expansion of prescription opioids in response to the fentanyl crisis

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control and Provincial Health Services Authority have published a radical policy document that outlines a path forward in the fentanyl crisis.

Legal weed: An accidental solution to the opioid crisis? (Stephanie Lake and Dr. M-J Milloy)

It’s hard to go a day in Canada without hearing about at least one of two types of drugs – but for vastly different reasons. One class of drug — opioids — kills four people a day in British Columbia. The other — cannabis — will be legal for adult purchase and consumption by this time next year.

Opinion: Drug-checking services could help prevent overdoses (BC Centre on Substance Use)

In recent years across B.C., a public-health tragedy has resulted in thousands of preventable deaths from street drugs containing powerful opioids such as fentanyl or its analogs.

Crosstown Clinic mentioned on CBC's Ottawa Morning (Dr. Scott MacDonald)

It's a program to tackle addiction by giving homeless drug users controlled doses of opioids.

The Canadian city where addicts are allowed to inject (Crosstown Clinic)

As the opioid crisis spreads across North America, the Canadian city of Vancouver is pioneering a radical approach to drug treatment - let addicts use.

Better medical education: One solution to the opioid crisis

We are in the middle of an overdose crisis in Canada and around the world. Opioid overdose is a complex problem, but opioid addiction can be managed with effective interventions. Nonetheless, many evidence-based interventions are underused, and inadequate medical education is contributing to the problem.

Fighting heroin with heroin

Doctors use prescription heroin to treat those with severe opioid addictions

New Ottawa initiative will allow homeless drug users to inject prescription opioids (Crosstown Clinic)

Ottawa will soon become the second Canadian city to have a managed opioid program in place for homeless people trying to kick their drug addictions.

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