“This is the drug war covered by drug users”: New podcast documents the overdose crisis in real time
January 30, 2019

Vancouver – Coast Salish Territory – Crackdown is a new, monthly podcast about drugs, drug policy, and the drug war – produced by people who use drugs. The overdose crisis is an ongoing and unprecedented public health emergency. Each episode will tell the story of a community fighting for their lives, and point to a way out of this crisis...

New resources to support BC families impacted by substance use
November 28, 2018

Thousands of families across British Columbia have suffered the loss of a loved one to overdose, and thousands more struggle to support a child or loved one living with a substance use disorder. Two new handbooks written in collaboration with people who have first-hand experience with substance use and loss aim to help British Columbian families ma...

Professor of Cannabis Science announced to research the role of cannabis in opioid overdose treatment
November 23, 2018

Examining the potential of cannabis in addressing the opioid overdose crisis and other substance use disorders is a top priority for Dr. M-J Milloy, a recognized leader in the field of epidemiology and the first Canopy Growth Professor of Cannabis Science at the University of British Columbia. Initially, this professorship will lead clinical trials...

Cannabis use could help people stay on treatment for opioid addiction
September 20, 2018

Daily use of cannabis could help patients stay on treatment for opioid use disorder, according to new research from the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and University of British Columbia (UBC). Researchers interviewed 820 people initiating opioid agonist treatment (OAT) over a 20-year period between December 1996 and March 2016. They found that ...

More specialized harm reduction services needed for women who use drugs
September 13, 2018

Overdose prevention strategies must consider the unique experiences of women who use drugs to reduce risk of overdose and exposure to gender-based violence, say researchers from the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and University of British Columbia (UBC). Supervised consumption sites (SCS) and overdose prevention sites (OPS) have been central to...

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