Improve severe alcohol withdrawal treatment by training more doctors, B.C. study urges
August 28, 2018 | Star Metro Vancouver

VANCOUVER—There’s an urgent need to improve the treatment of severe alcohol withdrawal because too many patients are being admitted to hospital when they could be managed through outpatient services or by family doctors, says the lead author of a new study. Dr. Evan Wood, executive director of t...

No fentanyl found at festival
August 26, 2018 | Castanet

After finding 31 drug samples containing fentanyl at the 2017 Shambhala Music Festival, drug testers at this year’s festival found none. The AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society has been conducting free drug testing at the electronic music festival near Salmo, B.C., for 16 years,...

UPDATED: More than 130 people in B.C. died of illicit drug overdoses in July
August 22, 2018 | The Ashcroft-cache Creek Journal

There were 134 overdose deaths due to illicit drug overdoses in July, as the latest data from the BC Coroners Service show how volatile the opioid crisis can be. The deaths mark a 12-per-cent increase over the same month last year, and a 25-per-cent uptick from June. It equates to four deaths per da...

St. Paul’s hospital pushes for change in approach to addiction treatment
August 22, 2018 | The Star

VANCOUVER—Physicians and staff at Vancouver’s century-old St. Paul’s hospital are pushing for changes in how addiction is understood, both in the medical community and in the city writ large. Seonaid Nolan, medical director for the addiction program at St. Paul’s, said her views on how hospi...

International Overdose Awareness Day 2018 will see Vancouver call for steps beyond harm reduction
August 21, 2018 | The Straight

The event scheduled for August 31 is one of a series around the world in response to an epidemic of drug-overdose deaths that is increasingly global Five years into an epidemic of drug-overdose deaths that shows no sign of abating, Tabitha Montgomery concedes that advocates like her are frustrated. ...

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