Investigation: Deadly fentanyl now B.C. addicts’ drug of choice
June 05, 2019 | North Shore News

While governments warn of the threat of drugs contaminated with fentanyl, the harsh fact is that the synthetic opioid is increasingly the drug of choice for British Columbia’s addicts and drug abusers. Yes, there are admitted fentanyl addicts. And it’s growing, a Glacier Media investigation has ...

Moving ‘Welfare Wednesday’ to a different day has unintended consequences, researcher says
June 03, 2019 | CBC News (BC)

Karen Ward, 46, has lived in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for 12 years. She began using cocaine about three years before that, and continues to smoke “rock.” Ward doesn’t get welfare, but she is on disability assistance while working part-time for the City of Vancouver. She...

Data showing no rise in life expectancy due to opioids need to be Canadian election issue, B.C. doctor says
May 30, 2019 | CBC News (BC)

Life expectancy rates in Canada have stopped increasing for the first time in four decades, says a Statistics Canada report that blames opioid-related overdoses for deaths in British Columbia, followed by Alberta. Canadians concerned about young adults dying from overdoses should demand drug-policy ...

More attention to Surrey’s South Asian communities needed in opioid crisis: BCCSU
May 30, 2019 | Surrey Now-Leader

The opioid crisis is claiming increasing numbers of lives from Surrey’s South Asian population, and cultural barriers to accessing treatment are compounding the problem, according to health experts and city officials. On Monday, representatives from the BC Centre on Substance Use presented the fin...

Why Drug Dealers Are an Under-Utilized Anti-Overdose Resource
May 28, 2019 | Filter

Last year, a man in his 20s attending Electric Forest, a Michigan music festival, began to cry after discovering that the cocaine he had been selling tested positive for fentanyl—the potent opioid significantly driving the overdose crisis. “Today, for the first time, unknown to me, I had somethi...

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