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Opinion: Our approach to opioid addiction isn’t working (Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes and Dr. Martin Schechter)

“Yes, and how many deaths will it take till he knows, That too many people have died?” — Bob Dylan, Blowin’ in the Wind

Addictions experts to gather in Vancouver for heroin therapy symposium

As overdoses continue to kill over 100 people a month in British Columbia, experts on heroin-assisted therapy will gather in Vancouver on Friday, May 26 to discuss treatment models in several European countries.

Vancouver police call for prescription heroin amid ongoing overdose crisis

“We require a long-term health strategy that does more than revive people temporarily with naloxone and send them back to the street to continue their addiction.”

Surrey’s John Volken Academy commits $1M to British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BC Centre on Substance Use)

Newton’s John Volken Academy (JVA) has committed $1 million to support the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) in the midst of the ongoing opioid crisis that took the lives of 914 people in B.C. last year.

Jane Philpott says pharmaceutical heroin a potential lifesaver in opioid epidemic (Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes)

Giving people with severe addictions prescription heroin could save lives as Canada continues to struggle with an opioid overdose epidemic, says Health Minister Jane Philpott.

Interfaith vigil aims to honour overdose victims and their families, friends

When we think of people affected by the overdose crisis, says Peter Elliott, our first thoughts are usually for the people who have died.


Bill to make it easier to create supervised drug-consumption sites becomes law

Canada is dealing with an opioid crisis of “unprecedented proportions”, Health Minister Jane Philpott said Thursday as she spoke in defence of a new law that removes 26 strict requirements for new supervised injection sites.

‘We will lose an entire generation’: St. Paul’s doctor speaks out on fentanyl crisis (Dr. Del Dorscheid)

Dr. Del Dorscheid fears B.C. is at risk of losing an entire generation of drug users if policy-makers and medical professionals don’t tackle the root cause of addiction first.

Groups to host interfaith memorial for Vancouver overdose victims

Hundreds of people are expected to attend an interfaith memorial Thursday evening to honour people who have lost their lives during the overdose crisis.

Cannabis may help wean people off crack, study finds (Dr. M-J Milloy)

Cannabis has been identified as a potential substitute for users of legal or illicit opioids, but a new Vancouver-based study shows the drug may also help reduce people’s cravings for another highly addictive substance: crack cocaine.


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