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Vancouver's supervised injection site struggles with the rise of fentanyl

Welfare Wednesday in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES): monthly cheques have just landed. Fresh $50 and $20 bills are flashing around. In this neighbourhood, regular government cash injections see a spike in the open drug trade. More heroin, cocaine, crystal meth. More consumption, more overdoses, and lately, much more death.

Séquelles souvent graves pour les survivants de surdoses (Dr. Keith Ahamed)

Les surdoses ne sont pas toutes fatales, mais les personnes qui ont survécu à un abus de drogue font face à d'immenses défis et elles figurent rarement dans les statistiques. Le coroner de la Colombie-Britannique n'a aucune donnée sur elles.

Vancouver Coastal Health expanding fentanyl testing to more locations

Now people can check their drugs at any of Vancouver's four overdose prevention sites.

Chilliwack to see new clinic opening this fall to treat opioid use disorder (BC Centre for Substance Use)

An out-patient clinic is opening this fall in Chilliwack General Hospital to provide Suboxone and methadone treatments for those struggling with opioid addiction.

Chilliwack to see new clinic opening this fall to treat opioid use disorder (BC Centre for Substance Use)

An out-patient clinic is opening this fall in Chilliwack General Hospital to provide Suboxone and methadone treatments for those struggling with opioid addiction.

Portugal drug czar Dr. João Goulão offers advice on the fentanyl crisis ahead of his first visit to Vancouver (Crosstown Clinic)

The architect of Portugal’s drug-policy framework, widely considered the most progressive in the world, says there is no silver bullet for North America’s fentanyl crisis.

Harm reduction is about providing safety for patients (Dr. Christy Sutherland)

After what could be called a masterclass in how to provide medical care to marginalized people with respect — and without judgment — a room full of doctors rose to their feet in applause. This was likely a welcome sound to Dr. Christy Sutherland, who has had a rough couple of  years.

Experts urge a physician-assisted solution to the opioid crisis (Dr. Christy Sutherland)

Stemming the surge in opioid-related deaths is not simple because it requires tackling a series of overlapping crises. But what is inarguable is that physicians have a central role to play in everything from smarter prescribing of pain drugs to caring for people with addictions living on the streets.

Vancouver health authority wants to hear from drug users about 'bad dope'

It has been six weeks since Vancouver Coastal Health launched an online program for drug users to report overdose-causing drugs, but so far the system has seen very little use.

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. 

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