Urban Health

Health Canada's prescription heroin ban issued on thin ground (Providence Health Care)

In October 2013, Health Canada made a regulation change that banned B.C. doctors from prescribing heroin to a small group of addicts.

Providence Health Care clothes less fortunate

On one of the last few warm days of the year, Providence Health Care set up an outdoor offering of clothing and lunches for Downtown Eastside residents at Crab Park September 27.

In Surrey, "harm reduction" drug approaches a hard sell (Dr. M-J Milloy, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

On May 22, Ann Livingston signed the lease for a bubble tea cafe in the heart of Surrey's illicit drug market.

Homeless housing (Dr. Bill MacEwan)

Judy Graves, retired Vancouver homeless advocate and Dr. Bill MacEwan, department head of Psychiatry at St. Paul's Hospital on housing the homeless.

News views: State of welfare (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

A new study suggests that creating new or more distribution options for welfare cheques will reduce drug overdoses.

“Cheque day” linked to increased risk of drug overdoses: Study (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

On that last Wednesday of every month, many people cash their government assistance cheques.

“Cheque day” linked to drug overdose risk in BC: Study (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Injection drug users are much more likely to overdose around the day government assistance cheques are issued in British Columbia, according to new research published in the International Journal of Drug Policy.

Social assistance study aims to reduce overdose rate (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

A new pilot project set to launch on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside will try distributing welfare and other social assistance cheques in smaller instalments to see if it will help the recipients better manage their money, stay healthier — and even stay alive.

Study to look at ‘Welfare Wednesday’ and injection drug use (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

A new study will look at whether changing the timing of when welfare cheques are issued will affect drug overdoses among recipients who use intravenous drugs.

Installation of supervised injection sites stalled (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Last week, Montreal’s mayor Denis Coderre announced his intention to release the eventual locations of Montreal’s first supervised injection sites, though he gave no indication as to when that announcement will come, or when installation will begin.

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