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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2021 BC Substance Use Conference Awards

Every year, the BC Centre on Substance Use brings together stakeholders from across the province for its annual conference. In addition to sharing the latest expertise and experiences, the conference also recognizes leaders in the field for their contributions to improve the wellbeing of people who use substances. This year’s

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Letter to The City of Vancouver Decriminalization Working Group Oversight Committee

The following is letter sent to The City of Vancouver Decriminalization Working Group Oversight Committee following the submission to Health Canada to request an exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) in order to decriminalize personal possession of unregulated substances within the City of Vancouver. This letter was

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Pharmacists at the Forefront

“It all comes down to people needing help, but where do they go?” Dr. Mona Kwong, a Vancouver-based pharmacist and Pharmacy Advisor with BC Centre on Substance Use, says that addressing this problem for people who use substances is the driver behind her work and goal to rethink traditional community

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Five years of BC’s public health emergency

Today marks the fifth year since the declaration of the overdose public health emergency. We reflect on the tremendous efforts to prevent and respond to toxic drug poisonings, to change clinical practice and policy, and to improve people’s lives – and we acknowledge that it hasn’t been nearly enough. People

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