One doctor’s answer to drug deaths: opioid vending machines
April 17, 2019 | WIRED

IT’S A WINTER afternoon in Vancouver, and Mark Tyndall is taking me on a tour of all the places people can go if they want to use drugs and be pretty sure they won’t die. BLUE TARPS AND shabby tents with people sleeping in them line our route in the Downtown Eastside, where the wail of an ...

Regulate supply or deaths will continue, hundreds cry in Vancouver’s annual march to end the overdose crisis
April 16, 2019 | Georgia Straight

Hundreds of people marched through downtown Vancouver today (April 16). Five years into an overdose crisis that’s killed thousands in B.C., protesters called for Canada to regulate drugs. They want the federal government to take the country’s illicit-narcotics supply away from organized crime an...

Pilot program establishes Vancouver’s first drug-testing clinic outside of the Downtown Eastside
April 16, 2019 | Vancouver Courier

The equivalent population of a small Canadian city has died in the three years since a public health emergency was declared, and the days of trusting a guy who knows a guy are over. Harm reduction advocates and public health officials time and again say the root cause of the opioid crisis is inextri...

B.C. Liberals calling on province to stagger welfare cheques to avoid ‘Welfare Wednesday’
April 11, 2019 | Global News BC

It’s a day first responders across the province worry about: welfare cheque day. B.C. Liberal MLA Jane Thornthwaite is hoping to change that. Currently, the provincial government distributes welfare cheques on the third or fourth Wednesday of the month. First responders have seen a significant inc...

VCH officials say opioid overdoses spiked recently, related to toxic additives
April 11, 2019 | Global News BC

Officials with Vancouver Coastal Health say they’ve been dealing with an uptick in overdoses over the past few weeks — and the drugs are being cut with synthetics that naloxone doesn’t work on. VCH Addiction Program director Keith Ahamad said it’s happening to people who take opioids cut wit...

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