Made-in-BC approach model for new national guideline for treating opioid use disorder
March 5, 2018

Vancouver, B.C. [March 5, 2018] — A first of its kind Canadian guideline setting out best practices for treating people with opioid addiction has been released today. The new guideline, based on provincial guidelines developed by the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and implemented in British Columbia last year, will support health care provide...

Open Call for Applications: Family Member and Caregiver Representatives Committee
January 22, 2018

The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) is looking for three (3) volunteer members to join the Family Member and Caregiver Representatives Committee. If you have a loved one with an addiction or using substances problematically, or have lost someone to harms related to substance use (e.g., overdose), we want to invite you to join us in developing re...

Province expands fentanyl testing and launches drug checking pilot in Vancouver
November 10, 2017

VANCOUVER – To provide potentially life-saving information to people who use drugs, a new drug checking service is being tested in Vancouver – the first of its kind in Canada. The pilot study began last week as part of the provincial government’s work to test whether making drug checking more widely available will help prevent overdose deaths...

Provincial guidelines for injectable opioid treatments released
October 11, 2017

New guidelines from BC Centre on Substance Use provide evidence-based recommendations for hydromorphone and prescription heroin Vancouver, BC [October 11, 2017] – The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) has released the province’s first-ever guidelines for prescribing of injectable treatments for opioid addiction. The new guidelines provide reco...

New research shows ayahuasca has potential for healing eating disorders
September 12, 2017

Study participants reported a reduction and cessation of eating disorder symptoms after drinking ayahuasca. Researchers who led study say findings promising, call for more research in therapeutic potential of ceremonial ayahuasca drinking. Vancouver, BC [September 12, 2017] – A compelling new study suggests ayahuasca may have potential as a ther...

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