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...

BC Centre on Substance Use releases new provincial guidelines for operating supervised consumption services
August 11, 2017

Guidelines provide recommendations and best practices for the establishment and operation of supervised consumption services Vancouver, BC [August 11, 2017] — The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) has released the first-ever provincial guidelines for operating supervised consumption services to provide guidance to health authorities establishing...

BC Centre of Substance Use researcher awarded CIHR Foundation Grant
August 8, 2017

Lindsey Richardson will investigate strategies to reduce health harms and illicit drug use of vulnerable and marginalized drug users Vancouver, BC [August 8, 2017] – Lindsey Richardson, Research Scientist at the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, has rec...

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