Urban Health

City on drugs: the dark pull of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Known for rows of glass condo towers framed by the glittering waters of Burrard Inlet, snowcapped mountains, and crisp pacific air, Vancouver is often deemed one of the most livable places on earth. But the city has a dark side, percolating just out of the view of most visitors and residents.

Stopping the opioid epidemic means smarter prescribing (Dr. Evan Wood)

One of the confusing ironies of addressing the opioid crisis is that halting overdose deaths will require stopping prescribing for some, while actively prescribing opioids to others.

Opinion: Renew strategy to achieve a hepatitis C free future (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Friday is World Hepatitis Day and we have much to celebrate. We have made great strides in our work toward eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030, but there are still critical areas where we can and must do more.  

Trudeau Should Hear It From Horgan: Legalize Opioids For Addiction (Crosstown Clinic)

When B.C. Premier John Horgan meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa, he has an opportunity to make the case that the federal and provincial governments need to work together to take drastic steps to deal with the overdose crisis.

Vancouver drug users’ group once considered militant has led prevention policy (Dr. Thomas Kerr)

A copy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms graces a wall around the corner from where a woman lies on the floor as a needle full of heroin is injected into her neck.

Drug Overdoses Kill Four a Day in BC, and Inaction and Apathy Are to Blame (Crosstown Clinic)

“People doing drugs now are dope-sick and it’s so painful, you’d rather die.” — Constance Barnes, Overdose Prevention Society

B.C. guidelines for injectable-opioid treatment put hydromorphone ahead of prescription heroin (Cheyenne Johnson)

Prescription heroin is a controversial treatment for long-time opioid addiction but one that has received support from both B.C.’s outgoing minister of health, Terry Lake, and his federal counterpart, Jane Philpott.

B.C. overdose warning system aims to alert users about potentially deadly drugs (Dr. Thomas Kerr)

Medical health officers in the Vancouver area are aiming to quickly warn drug users about clusters of overdoses and batches of contaminated drugs based on reports from people who use illegal substances.

Drug-crisis advocate believes change in B.C. gov't may help slow agony (Dr. Evan Wood)

With B.C.’s fentanyl-related overdose crisis showing no signs of slowing down, a top advocate for victims and their families believes a change in government may help finally slow the agony.

Mother of man who died in Vancouver supportive housing still seeking answers five years later (St. Paul's Hospital)

For five years, Christine Harris has agonized over how, exactly, her son came to spend nights dying alone in a supportive-housing room in Vancouver before his body was found on the floor three days later.

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