B.C. health officials hope there’s no repeat of last fall’s overdose spike
September 13, 2017 | The Vancouver Sun

Health officials say that while they can’t predict whether they’ll face another deadly spike in overdoses this fall, their warning remains the same — don’t use alone.  Last November, the arrival of the toxic opioid carfentanil in the street-drug supply contributed to a spike in illicit-...

Fraser Health expands opioid addiction treatment
September 11, 2017 | Maple Ridge-Pitt Medows News

Already Fraser Health’s latest initiatives to combat the overdose crisis appear to be working in Maple Ridge. The health authority is improving access to front-line treatment for opioid addiction through medications Suboxone and methadone with new clinics in Maple Ridge, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Mi...

Scientists back argument for change in HIV disclosure rules from man facing charges
September 08, 2017 | CTV News

A B.C. man facing a dozen charges of aggravated sexual assault for not disclosing his HIV status to people he had unprotected sex with doesn’t believe certain people living with the virus should be required to tell sexual partners. … In a Globe and Mail editorial published last month, Dr. Ju...

Ontario to sell recreational pot in stores, could BC do the same?
September 08, 2017 | News1130

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – With Ontario planning to sell recreational marijuana in government-controlled stores starting next summer, people in BC may be wondering whether the BC NDP will follow suit. The 150 shops will operate separately from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s current stores an...

Drug users say methadone formula switch contributed to B.C.’s opioid crisis
September 04, 2017 | Globe and Mail

Drug users trying to quit heroin are gathered for a meeting in Vancouver with one mission in mind: to support each other through the struggles of a reformulated treatment drug they say hasn’t worked and has instead contributed to the opioid epidemic. Brad Williamson, 34, sits on a couch with o...

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