10,000 lives

At least 1,095 British Columbians are believed to have been lost to the toxic drug supply between January and June 2022, according to preliminary data released by the BC Coroners Service on August 16. The number of deaths from toxic drugs in B.C. between January and June is the highest

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2022 BC Substance Use Conference Awards

Every year, the BC Centre on Substance Use brings together stakeholders from across the province for its annual conference. This year we hosted our 4th annual conference virtually over two days, with more than 1,100 registrants, along with multiple regional conference sites with dozens of attendees hosted by drug user

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Concerns with the recent rapid review of safer supply interventions

In December 2021, the government of Alberta established the Select Special Committee to Examine Safe Supply. The Committee was created as deaths from the toxic illicit drug supply continue to rise both in Alberta and across Canada. Provincial data from Alberta showed that 2021 was the deadliest year on record,

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More than 2,200 British Columbians lost to illicit drugs in 2021

On Wednesday, February 9, the BC Coroners Service released its report on illicit drug poisoning deaths in 2021. At least 2,224 British Columbians died in 2021, a 26% increase from 2020. BC Centre on Substance Use Peer Clinical Advisor Guy Felicella was invited to speak at the Coroners announcement. Here

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Support Line for Clinicians Can Save Lives

It’s a common scenario many clinicians face: an individual shares challenges they’ve been having with substances. Maybe they’ve increased their alcohol consumption to manage stress, or they’ve recently turned to unregulated drugs to cope with pain from an injury. Regardless of the scenario, not every healthcare professional has been provided

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Ending the toxic drug crisis means addressing racism and colonialism

Authors: Cheyenne Johnson (Tootinaowaziibeeng First Nation, pictured right) is Executive Director of the BC Centre on Substance Use and Dr. Nel Wieman (Little Grand Rapids First Nation, pictured left) is Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority. This past week, on International Overdose Awareness Day (August

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Courageous Conversations

Led by and for Indigenous Peoples, Courageous Conversations builds strength-based community support during a time of unprecedented challenges. Courageous Conversations, hosted by Corrina Chase, is a free public webinar series aimed at Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia affected by the dual health emergencies of the toxic drug crisis and COVID-19.

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Mentorship in Medicine

More than six million Canadians will develop a substance use disorder in their lifetime, yet substance use typically features briefly in medical and nursing school curricula. As a result, only 15% of Canadian primary care physicians feel well prepared to treat substance use cases, and many Canadians don’t receive the

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Researchers launch study into COVID-19 vaccine uptake and efficacy in vulnerable urban populations

For many people experiencing homelessness and poverty, the impacts of COVID-19 have amplified the health and social harms they face every day. This is especially true for people who use unregulated drugs.British Columbia is in the midst of two public health emergencies and while the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues across

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Seeing Beyond the Behaviour

For Meaghan Thumath, looking beyond someone’s substance use and understanding the root cause is key in providing care for people experiencing addiction. “I really grew up understanding that addiction was complicated, and that it was as much about your opportunities and your pain and trauma as it was [anything else],”

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