Mitigating opioids’ harm
September 11, 2019 | Nature

Haven Wheelock carries a dose of naloxone everywhere she goes. She calls it a “magical medication” with the power to bring people back from the brink of death. Wheelock runs a syringe-exchange programme for Outside In, a non-profit organization that provides medical care and other services for l...

Vancouver doctor says he will dispense opioids through Downtown Eastside vending machine
September 11, 2019 | Global News BC

VANCOUVER – A doctor with an expertise in public health says he will soon be dispensing opioids through a vending machine in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in order to prevent overdoses from fentanyl-laced street drugs. Dr. Mark Tyndall said the machine that’s been created in Toronto would sc...

CBD oil is seen as a magic elixir — but the jury is still out on its medical effectiveness
September 06, 2019 | CBC Radio

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, has been touted as a treatment for everything from insomnia to aches and pains. CBD is one of the hundreds of chemical substances called cannabinoids derived from cannabis plants. However, it does not produce the same psychoactive effects as its sister compou...

Pot Professor Studies Cannabis for Opioid Addiction as Major Drugmakers Face Lawsuits
September 05, 2019 | Mugglehead

While pharmaceutical giants are being forced in the U.S. to hand over millions of dollars for their role in fueling the opioid crisis, Canada’s first-ever pot professor is leading clinical trials to explore how cannabis might help people fighting opioid addiction. In late August, an Oklahoma judge...

BC-Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors calls for heroin buyer clubs
September 01, 2019 | Globe and Mail

A group of people who have real life experience with drug use in British Columbia and Yukon is calling on the B.C. government to support a community-led mechanism for a safe drug supply, in order to combat deaths from poisoning by powerful adulterants like fentanyl and carfentanil. The BC-Yukon Asso...

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