Opioid epidemic: The other public health crisis killing Canadians
September 02, 2020 | BBC News

Opioid deaths have been rising again in the shadow of the pandemic, notably in the Canadian province of British Columbia, where overdose casualties have reached historic highs. Is enough being done to end this second public health crisis? Every month or so, Garth Mullins has breakfast with his best ...

‘So much sadness’: more British Columbians dying from overdoses than Covid
August 28, 2020 | The Guardian

Kathleen Radu thought her son was getting better. After three stints in private drug treatment programs, Morgan Goodridge was stable again. His prescription drug-replacement treatments seemed to be working. He had just bought his first car, and hadn’t used street drugs in five months. But on 15 Ju...

Cannabis Offers a Path away from Opioids, BC Studies Find
August 27, 2020 | The Tyee

Four years ago, Scarlett Nelson was sent into a panic when she learned she was pregnant. But the unexpected news gave her the motivation to stop injecting meth and heroin before her baby was born. So Nelson turned to the support that helped her stay in recovery for more than a year before she starte...

Doctor’s pleas go unheard in Ottawa
August 26, 2020 | National Observer

B.C.’s death toll from toxic street drugs continues to skyrocket during the pandemic, with 175 people dead from overdoses in July. It is the third consecutive month with more than 170 overdose deaths, said B.C.’s chief coroner Lisa Lapointe at a press conference on Tuesday. That equates to almo...

Calls for safer supply of drugs as B.C. records 175 overdose deaths in July
August 25, 2020 | The Province

VICTORIA — British Columbia recorded 175 overdose deaths in July as paramedics responded to a record 2,706 non-fatal overdoses, prompting health officials to call for greater access to a safer supply of drugs as a top priority. The province had its highest-ever overdose fatalities in June, with 17...

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