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Cost of clean-up, threat of legal action up in the air after 4/20 (ED, SPH)

Two days after the 25th annual 4/20 event at Sunset Beach, crews were out putting up a fence around the field, and one elected official is hoping to see the city take legal action to recover costs.

Will B.C. try to decriminalize drug users (BCCSU)

One of the province's top doctors is expected to release an important report tomorrow and it appears to call for decriminalizing drug users. 

Government of Canada takes further steps to address the opioid crisis in BC (RAAC, SPH)

The opioid crisis continues to be one of the most serious public health issues in Canada's recent history. Tragically, between January 2016 and September 2018 more than 10,300 Canadians died from an apparent opioid-related overdose.

VIU Researchers Awarded $25,000 In Health Canada's Drug Checking Technology Challenge (BCCSU)

Researchers at Vancouver Island University (VIU) developing a drug-testing system that could one day save lives are getting some much-needed help from Health Canada and a leading scientific instrument developer. 

Feds pledge $15.3M for opioid research, harm reduction (RAAC, SPH)

The federal government announced an investment Wednesday of more than $15 million earmarked for opioid research and harm reduction initiatives.

Feds give $15 million for 15 projects to combat B.C.’s overdose crisis (RAAC, SPH)

The federal government has announced $15 million in new funding to be used for research into increasing access to drug addiction treatment and overall education about B.C.’s opioid crisis.

Ottawa offers more support to help BC combat opioid crisis (RAAC, SPH)

As the second week of the Easter parliamentary hiatus hits the halfway point, the Team Trudeau front bench continues to fan out across the country to tout their government’s accomplishments and top off funding pledges with fresh installments of federal cash.

Provincial health officer calls for decriminalization of simple possession and use of drugs (Dr. Keith Ahamad, BCCSU)

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, has released her report, Stopping the Harm: Decriminalization of People Who Use Drugs in BC, as part of an effort to mitigate the provincial overdose crisis.

Provincial health officer’s report calls for decriminalization of people who use drugs (Dr. Keith Ahamad, BCCSU)

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, in her report: “Stopping the Harm: Decriminalization of People Who Use Drugs in BC,” is part of an effort to mitigate the provincial overdose crisis.

Family of teen who overdosed calls for more drug checking at music festivals (Dr. Kenneth Tupper, BCCSU)

The family of a teenage girl who fatally overdosed at a music festival in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley last summer is calling for an expansion of drug-checking services.

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