Canadian study finds lesbian, gay and bisexual youth with depression more likely to increase cannabis use
July 20, 2021 | Regina Leader-Post

A Quebec researcher looking at mental health and cannabis among young people found the association between depression and greater weed use was markedly higher in lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) than heterosexual youth. LGB youth were more likely to use more cannabis “following an increase in their...

Vancouver Activists Hand Out Drugs, Demand Better Safe Supply Options
July 19, 2021 | Filter

On July 14 Jean Swanson, a city councillor of Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), helped to hand out free heroin during a protest downtown. She joined a group anti-drug war activists who are demanding that BC create a true safe supply of drugs. Members of the Drug User Liberation Front (DULF) and the ...

Researchers launch study into COVID-19 vaccine uptake and efficacy in vulnerable urban populations
July 14, 2021 | UBC News

British Columbia is in the midst of two public health emergencies. While the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues across the province and country, fatal drug poisonings have been on the rise. Researchers with UBC and the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU)—in partnership with the BC Centre for Diseas...

Informed Pharmacists Are Key for Drug Users. A New Program Will Train Them
July 02, 2021 | The Tyee

Dean Wilson has visited the same pharmacy every day for the last 20 years. The longtime drug reform activist said he’s stayed with the same pharmacist for decades to get his methadone each morning, because he trusts them. “It’s become part of my routine,” Wilson said. Wilson works as a peer-...

‘Immense challenge’: Trying to save the lives of B.C. drug users, hit hard by COVID-19 and the overdose crisis
June 18, 2021 | Vancouver Sun

Christopher composes bluesy funk music in his notebook while waiting for treatment at an addictions clinic in St. Paul’s Hospital. He’s tired of chasing a fentanyl high and grateful for the second chance he’s being offered by the medical staff. “I wouldn’t be alive without it,” Christoph...
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