From opium to opioids: A look at British Columbia’s illicit drug history
April 13, 2017 | CityNews

VANCOUVER – Hundreds of British Columbians have died from overdoses in recent months, but the powerful painkiller fentanyl isn’t the first drug to spark a crisis in the province. Here’s a look at British Columbia’s history with drugs: 1870s to 1900s: British Columbia’s first troubles with ...

Family doctors key to screening for addiction in B.C. fight against opioids
April 13, 2017 | Times Colonist

VANCOUVER — A tag hanging from a dead man’s left toe says the cause of death was an overdose of fentanyl, “unknowingly taken with other drugs.” The cadaver draped in a white sheet is displayed in transit ads funded by the Vancouver Police Foundation and represents 922 people who ...

Pending cuts could cripple fentanyl fight
April 13, 2017 | Arrow Lakes News

In the midst of the fentanyl crisis, a local organization that provides overdose training and harm reduction is bracing for the loss of a major chunk of its funding. ANKORS (AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society) was founded in 1992 at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis and provides serv...

B.C. Liberals’ election platform gives little attention to the fentanyl crisis despite deaths continuing to soar
April 12, 2017 | The Georgia Straight

April 14 marks the passage of one year since the provincial government declared a public-health emergency related to illicit-drug overdose deaths. Since then, almost another 1,000 people have died, about five times the annual average of 204 deaths for the years 2001 to 2010. The same week, the B.C. ...

APRIL 12, 2017 Overdose emergency anniversary. Parkinson’s awareness.
April 11, 2017 | CBC News

Dr. Keith Ahamad, an addiction medicine clinician at the B.C. Centre on Substance Use, on the anniversary of the public health emergency on drug overdoses. Dr. Martin McKeown, director of the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre on Parkinson’s disease....

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