It’s official, COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in alcohol use
July 25, 2020 | The Province

All those hilarious boozing alone memes that cropped up during the pandemic lockdown may not be so funny in the long-term if policy-makers don’t address harms associated with increased alcohol consumption, say experts. According to a new study released by the Canadian Journal of Public Health, th...

Amid ‘horrific’ spike in opioid deaths, doctors call for decriminalization, regulation of drugs
July 24, 2020 | CBC Radio - Day 6

With opioid overdoses spiking during the coronavirus pandemic, two doctors say decriminalization is crucial to preventing deaths. According to Dr. Keith Ahamad, an addictions physician in Vancouver, relying on doctors to provide “safe supply” prescriptions doesn’t go far enough. &#...

B.C. legislation to detain youth who overdose could do more harm than good: doctor
July 22, 2020 | CBC News (BC)

Indigenous and civil liberties groups say the British Columbia government failed to consult them before proposing legislation that would force youth under 19 to stay in hospital after an overdose. The province announced its plan to amend the Mental Health Act last month, saying youth could be kept i...

B.C. asks Ottawa for drug decriminalization, but hasn’t made provincial reforms
July 21, 2020 | The Province

VICTORIA — Premier John Horgan has formally asked Ottawa to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of illicit drugs, to help curb the province’s overdose crisis. But his government still hasn’t made changes to B.C. police policies recommended last year by the provincial health officer, ...

Record B.C. overdose deaths mean it’s time to listen
July 17, 2020 | Georgia Straight

When I learned that this month’s report from the Coroners Service was going to be another record, I was numb. I still am—175 lives lost in June in B.C.. Some of those I knew or had families I know. They are devastated by this ongoing and senseless loss. I’m so saddened for them and ask you all...

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