Fentanyl isn’t just causing overdoses. It’s making it harder to start addiction treatment
November 16, 2022 | STAT News

Doctors are reporting a troubling trend when it comes to fentanyl. The powerful drug, they say, isn’t just causing overdoses — it’s also making it more difficult to begin addiction treatment. In particular, fentanyl appears more likely to cause severe withdrawal symptoms for patients put on bu...

British Columbians “continuing to suffer” as 2022 has the deadliest year to date for illicit drug deaths
November 07, 2022 | Georgia Straight

In September, 171 people died of poisoned drugs in B.C., according to a coroner’s report released on Monday. The monthly BC Coroners Service report estimates that 5.7 people died from toxic drugs every day in September. It also noted the proportion of deaths for people aged 19-39 and those over 60...

Meet The Moms Pushing For A New Approach To Canada’s Opioid Crisis
October 25, 2022 | Chatelaine

Petra Schulz’s son Danny was in recovery when he bought the pill that ended his life. Danny, who was 25 when he died of an overdose, had been through cycles of detox and relapse several times. Back then, Schulz knew very little about substance use and says she worries she and her husband encourage...

Drug overdoses in public bathrooms are common: new tools could prevent harm and improve response
October 11, 2022 | The Conversation

The drug poisoning crisis in Canada is at its worst in British Columbia, with over 10,000 lives lost since 2016. A key setting for overdoses in B.C. is bathrooms, though this information has not always been readily available. Every month in B.C., more than 50 overdoses happen in bathrooms. This ...

Ian Mulgrew: Fentanyl jail terms a Dickensian error walked back by B.C. court
October 05, 2022 | Vancouver Sun

A B.C. Court of Appeal division has tiptoed back the embarrassing 18-month minimum jail term it recommended five years ago for fentanyl trafficking to combat the nascent opioid crisis. The impugned 2017 ruling failed to stem the burgeoning deaths from toxic drugs and has wrought injustice — impr...
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