Urban Health

Nurse practitioners to play critical role saving lives in overdose crisis (BCCSU)

People living with opioid-use disorder now have more options to access life-saving medication that will help support them on their pathway to treatment and recovery.

B.C. allows nurses to prescribe opioid substitutes, lowering barriers to treatment and clean alternative to street drugs (BCCSU)

A large group of B.C. nurses can now prescribe a range of opioid substitutes that are used to treat addictions to drugs like heroin and fentanyl.

Barriers remain for accessing pharmaceutical-grade heroin (Crosstown Clinic)

Inside the Vancouver Network of Drug Users' overdose prevention site, Ryan Kingston injects heroin as a volunteer watches through a window to make sure nothing goes wrong. 

Injectable hydromorphone for individuals with severe opioid use disorder could save lives and money

Injectable hydromorphone treatment for severe opioid use disorder may reduce mortality and save costs to society compared to providing methadone alone. The findings come from an economic analysis of the groundbreaking SALOME trial, published this week in Addiction (link will be made available after the study is released.)

As feds ease access to prescription heroin, B.C. could see relief: doctor (Crosstown Clinic)

A doctor working the front lines at Canada’s only clinic to offer prescription heroin says Ottawa’s recent move to make access to safe opioids easier could very-well help curb the death toll in the B.C.

B.C. doctors welcome Ottawa's move to make it easier to prescribe heroin and methadone (Dr. Scott MacDonald)

As British Columbia grapples with the opioid overdose crisis, doctors working on the front lines are welcoming a move by Ottawa to ease the restrictions on two types of treatment options: methadone and prescription heroin.

Health Canada speeding up access to prescription heroin, methadone (Crosstown Clinic)

The Liberal government is relaxing restrictions around two opioid substitution treatments, reducing administrative delays and barriers to drugs for patients as the country’s overdose crisis worsens.

New opioid treatment clinic coming; core communities likely location (Dr. Scott MacDonald)

A new clinic giving access to a drug similar to prescription heroin is likely heading to Edmonton’s inner city. 

Train healthcare providers and reduce stigma to tackle opioid crisis, says B.C. doctor (Dr. Evan Wood)

This week, the federal government announced that it would make a $231-million investment to address the opioid crisis nationally, as part of the Liberal government's budget.

We should treat heroin like other prescription drugs (Crosstown Clinic)

Every morning, Kevin Thompson takes a short stroll from his apartment to the Crosstown Clinic, where he signs in, gets his prescription medicine, then sits in a small room and injects it before heading off to work.

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