Fatal drug overdoses falling across BC, but still high among First Nations
January 06, 2011 | The Vancouver Sun

More than 900 BC residents died from accidental drug overdoses between 2001 and 2005, but the first Canadian study to examine such deaths showed that they fell by almost half in 2005. The study, by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, also found that people from first nations accounted for a di...

Injecting truth: RCMP and the truth about safe injection sites
August 20, 2010 | Maclean's

Click here to read the full article on Macleans.ca It would have been quite a news conference, and it very nearly happened. Last fall, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, after months of intense, private talks, agreed to face the media togeth...

HIV meds don’t up IV drug abusers’ risk-taking
August 12, 2010 | Reuters

(Reuters Health) – Despite some concerns to the contrary, IV drug abusers who get drug treatment for HIV do not seem to increase their risky behavior, a new study suggests. In the U.S., injection drug use has directly or indirectly accounted for more than one-third of AIDS cases since the epid...

Scientists speaking up: BC AIDS expert
July 22, 2010 | The Province

Scientists under attack for denouncing the global war on drugs are fighting back, says a University of BC associate professor on the front lines of the battle. Despite mountains of scientific evidence proving the prohibition on drugs such as heroin is a failure, governments in Canada, the U.S. and a...

Experts urge reform of global drug policy
June 28, 2010 | The Associated Press

VIENNA – Policies that criminalize drug users fuel the spread of AIDS and should be reformed, experts preparing for an international conference said Monday. Instead, governments, international organizations and the U.N. should promote policies that include opiate substitution therapy and needl...

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