Urban Health

2,000% rise in street drug samples testing positive for fentanyl (Dr. Michael Krausz)

The number of positive tests for fentanyl in samples of heroin seized by law enforcement agencies across Canada has grown from less than one per cent in 2012 to more than 60 per cent so far this year, exclusive data obtained by CBC News has revealed.

Foundry looks to change the lives of youth and how mental health is treated 
in the province

Midterms and final exams, for many students, are the worst. The pressure of performing well can make students feel overwhelmed and panicked, and despite the varied programs available at Capilano University, each comes with its own set of exams, projects and stresses. Mental health issues are on the rise among youth and counselling services are more in demand than ever.

Indigenous young people who use drugs in BC 13 times more likely to die (Cedar Project)

Indigenous young people in British Columbia who use drugs are 13 times more likely to die than other young people of the same age, and young women and people who use drugs are even more likely to die, according to research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)

Study shows abnormal overdose and suicide rates among young female Indigenous drug users (Cedar Project)

Young Indigenous drug users are 13 times more likely to die than others in their age group, and women make up more than half of the deaths, according to a study that monitored more than 600 young people in Vancouver and Prince George over 12 years.

Indigenous youth who use drugs in B.C. dying at an alarming rate, study finds (Cedar Project)

Indigenous youth who use drugs in B.C. are 13 times more likely to die than all other youth in the same age group across the country. That's according to a new study, which singled out young women and those involved with injection drug use to be at the highest risk.

'Alarming rate' of OD deaths among young Indigenous people in B.C.: study (Cedar Project)

 Indigenous drug users in British Columbia are 13 times more likely to die compared with other Canadians of the same age, says a decade-long study calling for cultural connections as a path to healing deep-rooted pain.

Debate over drug consumption sites might be coming to end (Dr. Thomas Kerr)

In the space of two years, the number of supervised consumption sites approved to operate in Canada has gone from one to 22, plus three interim sites.

Alberta approves pilot programs for injectable opioid therapy (Crosstown Clinic)

Albertans who have struggled with traditional forms of opioid treatment such as suboxone and methadone could soon have access to an injectable form of therapy.

Federal health minister makes first visit to Downtown Eastside (Crosstown Clinic)

A pair of federal ministers visited Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood on Saturday to announce an increase in federal funding for one of the programs doing work in the area.

Jordan Westfall: How can we accept that the fentanyl crisis is becoming the "new normal"?

This Saturday, federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor will be in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to visit ground zero of the worst public-health crisis in decades. In British Columbia, people are dying of drug overdose at a rate of almost four per day. Across Canada, more people are dying than at the height of the HIV-AIDS epidemic.


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