Urban Health

Opinion: New government can take immediate steps to address province’s drug crisis (Dr. Evan Wood)

Ambulances criss-cross urban areas responding to overdose calls. City morgues are unable to accommodate the number of citizens lost to toxic drugs. A prominent journalist who covers the gangsters in control of the lucrative illicit drug trade is threatened with death.

What gay trans guys wish their doctors knew (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Speaking to gay and bisexual trans men, the word “invisibility” comes up a lot. Invisibility in the bathhouse and on dating apps, invisibility among cisgender people, straight people, trans people and gay people. And, too often, invisibility in the doctor’s office. 

Battling a fentanyl crisis, B.C. quietly expands access to clean drugs that addicts can substitute for heroin (Crosstown Clinic)

The Portland Hotel Society (PHS) has quietly forged ahead with a lifesaving but controversial tool that could help alleviate Vancouver’s fentanyl crisis.

The case for prescription heroin

Vancouver gives heroin to drug users suffering from addiction — and it works.

B.C. political uncertainty causing concern for overdose victim’s mom (BC Centre on Substance Use)

A British Columbian mother whose son died from a fentanyl overdose is watching the province’s political uncertainty with some unease since the May 9 razor-thin election.

APTN Investigates – Killer Pain

Vancouver’s tough Downtown Eastside is suffering from Fentanyl.

Overdose prevention worker honoured with award on day sobering death numbers released

A frontline overdose prevention worker was honoured for her work on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside on the same day the B.C. Coroners Service released numbers on last month's overdose deaths.

April saw 2nd highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in B.C.

The B.C. Coroner's Service has released new numbers revealing 136 people died of an overdose in British Columbia last month, a 97.1 per cent increase from April 2016 and the second highest number of fatalities ever recorded in B.C.

Canada Figured Out How to Win the Drug War

On May 12, Lucie Charlebois, Québec’s minister of public health, proudly announced that two centers where people would be able to inject illicit drugs under a nurse’s supervision would soon open in Montreal. “I’m containing my emotions,” Charlebois exclaimed.

Opioid crisis: Listen to the big-city mayors

Canada’s big-city mayors, who see the carnage caused by the opioid crisis on their streets every day, are speaking out. While their political views span a broad spectrum, they have a unified voice, and we owe it to ourselves to listen to them.


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