Canada should train doctors to specialize in addiction
August 20, 2012 | The Globe and Mail

The following op-ed was written by Dr. Evan Wood. As a Vancouver physician specializing in inner-city medicine, I’m regularly asked by friends and colleagues about what can be done to improve the situation in the city’s notorious Downtown Eastside. As the poorest urban neighbourhood in C...

Doctors, scientists want proposed federal drug law scrapped
February 09, 2011 | The Vancouver Sun

More than 500 doctors, scientists and academics are calling on the federal government to abandon a new crime law tabled in Parliament that would impose mandatory minimum prison sentences on people convicted of drug offences. Bill S-10 would amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to set minimu...

Crime bill panned by scientists, doctors
February 09, 2011 | Kamloops Daily News

“Non-evidence-based policies” is how a letter signed by more than 500 health professionals describes a federal plan to lock up more drug offenders for longer sentences. In other words, Bill S-10, the Penalties for Organized Crime Act, won’t work as intended, they argue. Dr. Paul Ha...

Overdose deaths declined since 1990s
January 28, 2011 | The Vancouver Courier

A total of 274 people died of drug overdoses in Vancouver between 2005 and 2009, according to preliminary statistics released to the Courier by the BC Coroners Service. Though the number of deaths is significant, Thomas Kerr, a research scientist for the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, said th...

First Nations figure prominently in drug fatalities
January 20, 2011 | Westender

First Nations people – particularly women – are more likely to die from a drug overdose in British Columbia than non-aboriginal people, according to a recent study. The study, conducted by the Urban Health Research Initiative, a program operating out of the BC Centre for Excellence in HI...

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