Urban Health

Chilliwack to see new clinic opening this fall to treat opioid use disorder (BC Centre for Substance Use)

An out-patient clinic is opening this fall in Chilliwack General Hospital to provide Suboxone and methadone treatments for those struggling with opioid addiction.

Portugal drug czar Dr. João Goulão offers advice on the fentanyl crisis ahead of his first visit to Vancouver (Crosstown Clinic)

The architect of Portugal’s drug-policy framework, widely considered the most progressive in the world, says there is no silver bullet for North America’s fentanyl crisis.

Harm reduction is about providing safety for patients (Dr. Christy Sutherland)

After what could be called a masterclass in how to provide medical care to marginalized people with respect — and without judgment — a room full of doctors rose to their feet in applause. This was likely a welcome sound to Dr. Christy Sutherland, who has had a rough couple of  years.

Experts urge a physician-assisted solution to the opioid crisis (Dr. Christy Sutherland)

Stemming the surge in opioid-related deaths is not simple because it requires tackling a series of overlapping crises. But what is inarguable is that physicians have a central role to play in everything from smarter prescribing of pain drugs to caring for people with addictions living on the streets.

Vancouver health authority wants to hear from drug users about 'bad dope'

It has been six weeks since Vancouver Coastal Health launched an online program for drug users to report overdose-causing drugs, but so far the system has seen very little use.

Your Call: How is Vancouver dealing with its opioid crisis & what can we learn from it? (Dr. Keith Ahamad)

Vancouver and San Francisco are iconic West Coast cities with many things in common — including large numbers of people addicted to hard drugs. In recent years, Vancouver has been at the forefront of new approaches to addiction, including safe injection sites. 

Opening a supervised injection site 'not a simple process': new guidelines aim to help (Dr. Thomas Kerr)

With more supervised injections sites opening in B.C. and applications moving through the Health Canada approval process, the B.C. Centre for Substance Use has published a new set of guidelines for running these facilities.

B.C. report calls for decriminalization of illicit drugs to quell opioid epidemic

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has released 10 recommendationsto reduce the number of overdose deaths across B.C., a list that includes the decriminalization of illicit drugs.

Report outlines need for rapid expansion of prescription opioids in response to the fentanyl crisis

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control and Provincial Health Services Authority have published a radical policy document that outlines a path forward in the fentanyl crisis.

Legal weed: An accidental solution to the opioid crisis? (Stephanie Lake and Dr. M-J Milloy)

It’s hard to go a day in Canada without hearing about at least one of two types of drugs – but for vastly different reasons. One class of drug — opioids — kills four people a day in British Columbia. The other — cannabis — will be legal for adult purchase and consumption by this time next year.


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