Urban Health

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.

Fentanyl spiral: How the guilt and shame of addiction stole a B.C. man's life (Dr. Evan Wood)

All it took was a single beer for Murray Shaw's life to unravel.

Canadian Government Must Make It Easier To Study Cannabis, Say Researchers (BC Centre on Substance Use)

The Canadian government must make it easier to study cannabis, say the country’s top cannabis academics and public health researchers in an open letter to politicians.

Researchers behind dispensary users study want to know how, when, where, and why you buy cannabis (Dr. M-J Milloy)

While the amount of data about cannabis and its various applications has been on the rise, information about the people who use it hasn't quite seen the same level of growth.

Opinion: New government can take immediate steps to address province’s drug crisis (Dr. Evan Wood)

Ambulances criss-cross urban areas responding to overdose calls. City morgues are unable to accommodate the number of citizens lost to toxic drugs. A prominent journalist who covers the gangsters in control of the lucrative illicit drug trade is threatened with death.

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