UBC lab testing new portable drug-checking device
March 16, 2023 | DATAC

A research lab at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is currently testing a new, portable drug-checking device that could help to identify smaller concentrations of drug components. The laboratory, led by Dr. Jason Hein, associate professor in the Chemistry Department, is testing a novel versi...

Red tape delays construction of Vancouver detox, social housing project approved 4 years ago
March 07, 2023 | Global News

Stakeholders are frustrated a massive detox and social housing project approved by Vancouver city council more than four years ago is being held up by bureaucratic red tape. The concerns come as the BC Coroners Service reports nearly seven people died per day of suspected illicit drug overdoses in...

No, a BC Company Can’t Sell You Cocaine Now
March 06, 2023 | The Tyee

British Columbians who tuned into the news Thursday might have gone to bed that night thinking they could soon be buying cocaine as easily as they can purchase a beer. In question period at the legislature Thursday morning the BC Liberals grilled the government about Langley-based cannabis company A...

Fact checking claims about NANDU and peer-run safe consumption sites
March 02, 2023 | The Discourse

Since April 2022, the Nanaimo Area Network of Drug Users (NANDU) operated a site at 264 Nicol St. that helped about 200 clients a day with safe consumption, drug testing and overdose prevention. The peer-run site garnered mixed community reactions, and on Monday, Jan. 16 city council declared the s...

Premier ‘astonished’ at B.C. firm’s claim it got Health Canada approval to make and sell cocaine
March 02, 2023 | CBC News

British Columbia Premier David Eby said Thursday that he is “astonished” by a cannabis company’s claim that Health Canada has granted it the right to possess, produce, sell and distribute cocaine. Adastra Labs in Langley, B.C., said in a statement that Health Canada gave it appr...
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