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Closing of St. Paul's Hospital’s AIDS ward is symbolic of progress

For more than a decade, Ward 10C was ground zero in Canada’s struggle against the AIDS epidemic.

An otherwise sterile and unremarkable room within Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital, Ward 10C was a place where patients came to die. The generic name was code for the hospital’s AIDS unit.

B.C. Nurse Practitioners Are Allowed To Prescribe Opioid Substitutes To Drug Addicts (BCCSU)

Nurse practitioners in British Columbia are now able to prescribe substitute medication for opioids to people who are experiencing drug addition. 

Nurse practitioners in B.C. can now prescribe opioid substitutes

Nurse practitioners in B.C. will now be able to prescribe opioid substitute medications to those experiencing addiction, the province announced Wednesday.

Nurse practitioners can now prescribe opioid addiction drugs (BCCSU)

Nurse practitioners in British Columbia now have the power to prescribe drugs used to treat opioid addiction, reports the Canadian Press.

Fentanyl overdose survivors require little if any hospital treatment (SPH)

Most fentanyl overdose survivors, if given the antidote promptly, don't need prolonged hospital treatment, according to a study by University of British Columbia physicians.

BC nurse practitioners can now prescribe drugs for opioid addiction (BCCSU)

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – As BC continues to grapple with an ongoing, widespread deadly opioid crisis, there is some hope to help people. Nurse practitioners in this province now have the power to prescribe drugs used to treat opioid addiction.

Interior Health launches website targeting people who use drugs alone

If you or someone you know is using illicit drugs alone, Interior Health wants to know what it can do to help save your life.

Report Urges More Government Action to Prevent Overdoses

The British Columbia government can do a lot more to reduce the number of illicit drug overdose deaths in the province, a special panel report released Thursday found.

Coroners Service says B.C. must "support safer use" as the opioid epidemic kills another 100 people in February (Crosstown Clinic)

There might be no agency in British Columbia that understands the severity of B.C.’s overdose epidemic better than the province’s coroners service. Over the last five years, more than 3,800 bodies have passed through its offices in cases where the cause of death was subsequently identified as an illicit-drug overdose.

Researchers look at cannabis and prescription heroin to tackle opioid crisis (SALOME)

As the opioid crisis rages on across North America, a number of recent studies are pointing to cannabis and prescription heroin as viable options in curbing the consumption of lethal street opiates, reducing long-term medical and policing costs and extending the lives of users.

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