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Public disorder up on Metro Vancouver’s transit system as ridership grows
June 05, 2024 | Vancouver Sun

As transit ridership approached pre-pandemic levels in 2023, calls to Transit Police for drug, alcohol or mental health cases jumped, according to figures from the Metro Vancouver Transit Police. There were more than 600 such calls in 2023, or about 2.6 calls for every million trips taken on tran...

Detox beds in B.C. routinely sit empty because of staff shortages
June 03, 2024 | Globe and Mail

Dozens of detox beds in British Columbia sit empty because of a shortage of addictions physicians and nurses needed to staff them, according to internal health authority data obtained by The Globe and Mail. In the Vancouver region, this has meant that up to half of the spaces at 24- and 18-bed withd...

Liberal government’s own polling said Canadians worried about drug decriminalization
May 31, 2024 | Winnipeg Free Press

OTTAWA – Months before British Columbia sought to scale back its drug decriminalization pilot project, the federal government’s own polling suggested to officials that a majority of Canadians believed the policy would lead to an increase in overdoses. The results of the 11-page survey by the Pri...

Vancouver drug advocates barred from symposium on addictions treatment amid protest concerns
May 30, 2024 | CityNews Vancouver

A planned protest by drug user advocates forced a conference on drug policy and addictions treatment to relocate from downtown Vancouver to Richmond Thursday. The Policy Roundtable on Substance Prevention, Education and Recovery (PROSPER) Symposium was set to be held at the Sheraton Wall Centre on B...

126 children and youth died of toxic drugs in 5 years: B.C. coroner
May 28, 2024 | CBC News

The B.C. Coroners Service has found that 126 children and youth younger than 19 died due to toxic drugs between 2019 and 2023. The numbers, released in a Tuesday report, showed that unregulated drug toxicity was the most common cause of unnatural death among youth during that time period. More than...
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