Urban Health

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.

Fighting heroin with heroin

Doctors use prescription heroin to treat those with severe opioid addictions

To win the fight against AIDS, we must end the war on drugs (Dr. Julio Montaner and Dr. Kora DeBeck)

There is much to celebrate: the end of AIDS may be in sight.

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.

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.

Opinion: How to effectively address the overdose epidemic

We’re now more than a year into the public health emergency declared by British Columbia’s provincial health officer as a result of the province’s rising rate of drug overdose deaths.

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.  

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