With rising overdoses, British Columbia expands experimental prescription initiative
September 10, 2021 | PRI

The Canadian province of British Columbia was already years into a public health emergency when COVID-19 arrived: deadly drug overdoses. A main driver has been the quality of street drugs, which increasingly contain even more potent opioids analogs, like fentanyl, or other substances, like animal t...

An estimated 17 Canadians die every day from an opioid overdose. Here’s how the federal political parties plan to tackle the crisis
September 07, 2021 | Toronto Star

Each day since the federal party leaders hit the campaign trail last month, an estimated 17 Canadians have died from an accidental drug overdose. And more than 21,000 Canadians died of accidental overdoses between 2016, when B.C. declared a public health emergency, and December 2020, according to st...

Cheyenne Johnson and Dr. Nel Wieman: Ending the toxic drug crisis means addressing racism, colonialism and the root causes of substance use
September 01, 2021 | The Province

This week, on International Overdose Awareness Day, communities across B.C. and Canada commemorated the thousands of lives lost to drug poisoning — and called for action to end policies that are creating harms around the world. Here in B.C., Tuesday was the sixth International Overdose Awareness D...

More than 1,000 people have died in B.C. from suspected drug toxicity in first half of 2021
August 31, 2021 | Vancouver Sun

Drug toxicity is now the leading cause of death for young people in British Columbia, according to the B.C. Coroners Service, which has recorded at least 1,011 overdose deaths in the first six months of 2021 — the worst first six months of a year ever. B.C.’s chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said thi...

Where They Stand: On the Toxic Drug Crisis
August 27, 2021 | The Tyee

When drug policy advocate Leslie McBain looks through the platforms of Canada’s major political parties, she wonders whether they understand the toxic drug crisis that has killed more than 21,000 Canadians since 2016. “It’s way down the list,” said McBain, one of the founders of Moms Stop t...
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