Some Dealers Are Checking Their Drugs to Keep Clients Alive
December 11, 2020 | VICE

A new study provides a rare glimpse into the mindset and operations of some drug dealers as they navigate an increasingly toxic illicit drug supply and the potential risks faced by their clients. “I couldn’t live with killing one of my friends, or anybody. Anybody’s kid,” one man who sells m...

B.C.’s fentanyl market estimated to be up to $300 million
December 08, 2020 | Business in Vancouver

British Columbia’s illicit fentanyl market is conservatively estimated at upwards of $300 million, according to a unique study by local criminologists and drug experts. Dr. Martin Bouchard, a Simon Fraser University criminologist, and Dr. Michael-John Milloy, a research scientist at the British Co...

Vancouver plan to decriminalize street drugs sets up battle with Ottawa
December 03, 2020 | The Guardian

Vancouver has set the stage for a showdown with Canada’s federal government by moving to become the first city in the country to decriminalize street drugs – setting itself on a collision course with Justin Trudeau, who has so far declined to pursue the option. The city’s council voted unanimo...

Cannabis a potential harm reduction tool for youth at risk of fatal overdose, research shows
December 03, 2020 | National Observer

Canada’s overdose crisis — fuelled by increasingly toxic street drugs and compounded by COVID-19 — is going into overdrive, and youth are particularly vulnerable, researchers say. But research suggests novel approaches might help youth struggling with illicit drugs, and mitigate the risk of ...

Young adults, unfairly blamed for COVID-19 spread, now face stress and uncertain futures
November 29, 2020 | The Conversation

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic there was an enormous amount of concern and attention focused on elderly people — and for good reason: people over the age of 65 years are among the most vulnerable to serious health complications, including death, from the virus. It did not take long, h...

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