Urban Health

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.

What gay trans guys wish their doctors knew (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Speaking to gay and bisexual trans men, the word “invisibility” comes up a lot. Invisibility in the bathhouse and on dating apps, invisibility among cisgender people, straight people, trans people and gay people. And, too often, invisibility in the doctor’s office. 

Battling a fentanyl crisis, B.C. quietly expands access to clean drugs that addicts can substitute for heroin (Crosstown Clinic)

The Portland Hotel Society (PHS) has quietly forged ahead with a lifesaving but controversial tool that could help alleviate Vancouver’s fentanyl crisis.

The case for prescription heroin

Vancouver gives heroin to drug users suffering from addiction — and it works.

B.C. political uncertainty causing concern for overdose victim’s mom (BC Centre on Substance Use)

A British Columbian mother whose son died from a fentanyl overdose is watching the province’s political uncertainty with some unease since the May 9 razor-thin election.

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