Mental Health

Seattle Tries to Curb Heroin Deaths by Offering a Safe Place to Use

Seattle’s supervised injection center will be the first of its kind in the U.S., but New York is already considering a similar plan.

Prescription Heroin?! (Crosstown Clinic)

Canada has taken a surprising approach in their fight against the heroin epidemic: prescription heroin. Addiction specialist Ken Seeley joins The Doctors to discuss this plan.

Mental illness rates high among hard-to-reach people with HIV/AIDS in B.C.: Study (BC CfE - Dr. Robert Hogg)

Addressing the underlying mental health issues of harder-to-reach people with HIV/AIDS is important for treatment, a British Columbia researcher says.

Should hard drugs be criminalized? (Crosstown Clinic)

A Vancouver clinic has been giving out free heroin to addicts for years. They say harm-reduction techniques are more effective than law enforcement in getting addicts off drugs. Should hard drugs such as heroin be decriminalized?

Canada Is Now Prescribing Heroin to Fight Addiction (Dr. Scott MacDonald, Crosstown Clinic)

Heroin addicts in Canada can now get their fix with a doctor's prescription. As of September 13, doctors who apply for a permit from Canada's Special Access Program can prescribe diacetylmorphine, or pharmaceutical grade heroin, to severely addicted patients.

Editorial: Dealing with addiction a monumental task

The startling numbers of deaths from illicit drug overdoses, mainly related to fentanyl, has put B.C.’s medical system into crisis mode.

B.C. to spend additional $10 million in battle against overdoses (Dr. Evan Wood)

British Columbia will create a centre to research drug addiction and provide education and guidance to health-care providers but more must be done to battle an illicit-drug overdose crisis, the premier says.

Premier Christy Clark promises $10-million to fight drug deaths (Dr. Evan Wood)

Premier Christy Clark poked fun at her own expense to open her wide-ranging speech to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention but moved on to weightier topics, ending on a promise of $10-million in funding to fight substance abuse deaths in B.C.

BRILLIANT NIGHT:

After three years at the Commodore Ballroom, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation severed ties with the venue and creator of the event for mental health, moving the party to the Rocky Mountaineer.  

Hemlines: Stylish gala makes good for mental health (St. Paul's Foundation)

Fans of art, fashion and philanthropy are invited to attend the St. Paul’s Foundation’s Brilliant “Into the Gallery” gala benefitting mental health and addiction programs at St. Paul’s Hospital.

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