New resources to support pregnant people who use substances
March 09, 2021 | BC Gov News

New clinical resources are available to better support British Columbians during pregnancy, while reducing harms related to substance use. The British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) has developed a new clinical guideline supplement to care for pregnant people who use alcohol and has expand...

UBC Okanagan drug-checking program aims to save lives during overdose crisis
March 04, 2021 | Global News

The program is aimed at saving lives during the overdose crisis and is already flagging a dangerous trend in the local drug supply. Since December the UBC Okanagan drug testing technicians have been doing testing both on-campus and in the community. “On-campus we know that students use drugs, just...

Researcher calls for ‘agenda-free’ approach to youth addictions services
March 03, 2021 | Richmond News

In Richmond, there were 18 suspected overdose deaths in 2020 – up from 10 in 2019 – with 1,716 recorded across the province, of which almost 20 per cent are people under the age of 30. Just in January, a 25-year-old Richmond man, Tristan Coatta, died of an accidental overdose after a struggle wi...

Doctors Call For Safer Cocaine Supply
March 03, 2021 | VICE

As drug toxicity deaths and overdoses in Canada continue to soar to unprecedented levels due to the increasingly volatile illicit market, advocates and doctors are calling for more stimulants including cocaine to be part of safe supply efforts. “I would welcome the inclusion of cocaine, as well as...

Liberals introduce bill to relax drug possession penalties
February 18, 2021 | CityNews (News 1130)

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) — The Trudeau government has introduced a large justice reform package to reduce penalties for drug offences. The feds have long promised action to tackle systemic racism and say this new bill will be a big step in that direction. The legislation aims to avoid prosecutions for s...

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