B.C. releases plan to provide safe supply of drugs during COVID-19 pandemic
March 26, 2020 | CBC News - BC

The provincial government says safe prescription drugs will be provided to people who use substances amid fears the illegal drug supply is becoming increasingly toxic as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. B.C.’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy announced new guidelines for ...

Peer harm reduction workers move to unionize in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
March 14, 2020 | CBC News - BC

When the overdose crisis struck British Columbia four years ago, Dave Apsey was among a small group of people in a unique position to respond. As a drug user who helped open a needle exchange in 2003, Apsey said he knows first-hand about addiction and is trusted in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastsid...

Opinion: A tale of two public health crises — science is being used to stem coronavirus but not opioid deaths
March 12, 2020 | National Post

As one public health emergency sees policymakers around the world turn to the best available science to stem its tide, another deadly crisis rages on while science remains noticeably absent. In Canada and many other countries, the rapid scaling up of evidence-based responses to the outbreak of coron...

To eliminate blood-borne infections in Canada, we have to remember that prison health is public health
March 06, 2020 | Globe and Mail

In our efforts to eliminate hepatitis C (HCV), HIV and other blood-borne infections, Canada is dragging its feet on the health of a particularly important but often forgotten group: people in prison. The World Health Organization tells us that it’s possible to reduce global rates of HCV by 90 per ...

If alcohol, tobacco and cannabis are legal, this queer sex drug should be up for consideration, too
March 05, 2020 | The Star

If alcohol is legal, tobacco is legal and cannabis is too, another substance scientists say is far less harmful and far more useful should be up for consideration as well. Researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) are calling on the federal government to legalize a queer sex drug com...

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