Criminalization Makes It Harder to Study Ayahuasca, Scientists Say
November 23, 2017 | VICE

It’s an impediment to medical research on ayahuasca’s potential to treat mental health disorders. For Isabelle, the need to seek out ayahuasca as an alternative form of treatment came after a long and continuous battle with an eating disorder growing up. “When I was young I had experie...

Hope on the horizon
November 23, 2017 | The University of British Columbia

As a child, the image of flames engulfing her home — of her mother not being able to escape the thick, carbon smoke — tormented Andrea for years. But the fire, visited over and over in her mind, was one that had never taken place. “As a kid, I was always really anxious,” says Andrea. “I wa...

The opioid epidemic: taking new measures to save lives
November 23, 2017 | The University of British Columbia

British Columbia is in the grips of a public health emergency. To help stem the tide, the Government of B.C. has implemented new measures. Whether it’s training communities on how to prevent and respond to overdoses, distributing free naloxone kits, or lifting restrictions for prescribing treatmen...

How Tripping on Ayahuasca Could Help People with Eating Disorders
November 21, 2017 | Broadly

Could a powerfully hallucinogenic tea hold the key to treating eating disorders? A new study interviews ED sufferers who have experimented with the herbal drug from the Amazon.  Broadly is partnering with the Global Drug Survey, the biggest drugs survey in the world, to find out more about wome...

Families of overdose victims join letter-writing campaign
November 19, 2017 | Times Colonist

Leslie McBain gets from one to six emails every day from families of people who have died from drug overdoses. “They just want to reach out to somebody who gets it,” said McBain, an advocate and Pender Island resident who lost her 25-year-old son Jordan Miller to an overdose in Victoria in 2014....

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