Urban Health

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.

British Columbia researchers find cannabis may be effective substitute for crack cocaine addicts (Dr. M-J Milloy)

Marijuana could be used to treat people suffering from addictions to crack cocaine, according to a new study from the BC Centre on Substance Use.

Hydromorphone works as well as heroin-assisted drug addiction treatment (SALOME)

Hydromorphone was as effective as pharmaceutical heroin for opioid addiction treatment, but it was associated with fewer serious side-effects, according to results from the SALOME trial presented yesterday at the 25th International Harm Reduction Conference (HR17) in Montréal.

Rapid access to opioid replacement therapy expands in Victoria

Island Health is expanding rapidly accessible opioid therapy in Victoria as demand for treatment increases.

Sex workers who use psychedelic drugs have lower suicide risk, study finds (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Sex workers who use psychedelic drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms are associated with a markedly reduced risk of suicide, raising the possibility of new and innovative ways to treat a marginalized population.

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