OPINION: An empathy gap is fuelling the overdose crisis
January 14, 2021 | Vancouver Is Awesome

Last month, just before Christmas, the BC Coroners Service did what they’ve done every month now for nearly five years – they released their report on the number of drug overdose deaths in the province. For families, friends, and communities that lost a loved one, behind those numbers is a life ...

Pandemic Hits Harm Reduction Workers Hard—Particularly “Peers”
January 14, 2021 | Filter

A few weeks back, Soma Snakeoil, an artist and the founder of Los Angeles-based organization the Sidewalk Project, came across a man overdosing on a street corner. She asked his girlfriend what he had taken and administered naloxone, but he was still non-responsive. Working quickly, she created a co...

Stigma Makes Life Worse for Youth Meth Users, Study Finds
January 05, 2021 | The Tyee

False and harmful stereotypes about people who use methamphetamine drastically reduce access to already scarce harm reduction and health services, especially for youth, according to a new report. Youth who use meth, a powerful stimulant, often do so for practical reasons like staying awake in order ...

Cannabis could reduce fentanyl use, BCCSU and UBC study finds
December 17, 2020 | Vancouver Sun

Researchers from UBC and the B.C. Centre on Substance Use have found that cannabis use by opioid addiction patients might improve their treatment outcomes. They also found that it could reduce their risk of being exposed to fentanyl in the contaminated unregulated drug supply. In a paper published ...

Student Recovery Community expands programming during stressful holiday season
December 15, 2020 | The Ubyssey

The Student Recovery Community (SRC) at UBC’s programming will continue over winter break, with December being a stressful time for people in recovery. Over the break, the SRC will have virtual meetings on Mondays and Tuesdays between noon and 1 p.m., with a new session on Wednesdays between 5 an...

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