Research sheds light on how to improve diagnosis and treatment of severe alcohol withdrawal syndrome
August 28, 2018

The treatment of alcohol withdrawal urgently needs to be modernized in order to improve patient outcomes and safety and reduce health care cost, according to new research from the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU). The study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, involved a multi-year systematic review involving more ...

Tenant-led overdose response in Vancouver SROs proves to be effective at reaching socially isolated
August 2, 2018

With the majority of fatal opioid overdoses occurring alone and inside the home, tenant-led interventions in single room occupancy (SRO) hotels are urgently needed, according to new research from the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and University of British Columbia (UBC). In 2017, 88% of illicit drug overdose deaths in British Columbia occurred...

Lessons from the HIV pandemic could help identify gaps in accessing treatment for opioid use disorder
July 31, 2018

New research from the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) suggests applying successful strategies to fight HIV/AIDS in response to overdose crisis. In a study published in the August issue of the peer-reviewed journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, BCCSU researchers used data from approximately 10 years of interviews from people with opioid use disord...

Drug checking to be offered through BC’s summer festival season
July 30, 2018

In order to provide potentially life-saving information, drug checking is being made widely available this summer for festival-goers in British Columbia. Drug checking is a free service that allows people to anonymously submit samples of street drugs to be analyzed for their chemical makeup. Using a Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer an...

New report on strengthening addiction recovery in B.C.
July 18, 2018

A new report released today sets priorities for expanding and improving addiction recovery services in British Columbia, a long-standing need in the province. Developed by the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) in consultation with people in recovery and with expertise in providing recovery care, the report highlights the stigma that persons in rec...

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