Record B.C. overdose deaths mean it’s time to listen
July 17, 2020 | Georgia Straight

When I learned that this month’s report from the Coroners Service was going to be another record, I was numb. I still am—175 lives lost in June in B.C.. Some of those I knew or had families I know. They are devastated by this ongoing and senseless loss. I’m so saddened for them and ask you all...

Why B.C.’s former health officer wants to produce legal heroin [Podcast]
July 16, 2020 | CBC News - Front Burner

British Columbia’s former provincial health officer, Dr. Perry Kendall, has been a harm-reduction advocate for decades. Now, he’s planning to launch a company to produce a domestic supply of affordable, legal and pharmaceutical-grade heroin to be used “as a medication for therapy a...

June Overdose Toll Hits Record; 15 Times More Deadly than COVID-19
July 16, 2020 | The Tyee

B.C. has recorded back-to-back record months for drug overdose deaths, with June claiming 175 lives and surpassing May’s previous record of 171 fatal overdoses. And every one of the deaths could have been prevented if governments dealt with drug use as a health issue, said Dr. Perry Kendall, forme...

B.C. boosts funding for substance use outreach teams, amid overdose crisis
July 14, 2020 | Vancouver Sun

VICTORIA — B.C. is boosting the number of substance use teams that combine nurses, counsellors, social workers and outreach staff to help those suffering from addictions. Mental Health Minister Judy Darcy announced Monday $4.27 million in new permanent annual funding to create seven new integrated...

Police chiefs across Canada call for decriminalization of illicit drugs for personal use
July 09, 2020 | The Province

Police chiefs from across Canada are calling for the possession of illicit drugs for personal use to be decriminalized, and for a national task force to research drug policy reform. Decriminalization is something health experts and advocates have been pushing authorities to move on for years, and th...

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