Harm reduction program at UBCO expands into Okanagan region
September 09, 2022 | University Affairs

Last fall, in an effort to improve the health of its community and reduce the stigma surrounding drug use,  the harm reduction team (HaRT) at the University of British Columbia Okanagan launched a student-run program that provides free and confidential drug checking on campus. The program is aimed ...

Overdose education should be mandatory in B.C. schools amid opioid crisis, advocates say
September 06, 2022 | CBC News

When a teenage girl collapsed on the SkyTrain in Coquitlam, B.C., passengers calling 911 thought she had fainted or was having an epileptic seizure. It was only when paramedics administered naloxone that some realized she’d overdosed on an opioid, said Chloe Goodison, who was sitting beside ...

Free high dose THC edibles for hard-drug users in DTES at centre of B.C. court case
September 04, 2022 | Vancouver Sun

The owner of an unlicensed dispensary working to provide Downtown Eastside drug users with low-cost cannabis to replace their opioid use is scheduled to appear in provincial court next Wednesday on drug-trafficking charges. Neil Magnuson, who heads the Cannabis Substitution Project through the Heali...

Comment: Involuntary hospitalization is a zombie idea — why does the NDP keep bringing it back?
September 01, 2022 | Times Colonist

In their book Zombie Ideas: Why Failed Policy Ideas Persist, political scientists Brainard Guy Peters and Maximilian Lennart Nagel introduce the concept of “zombie ideas.” Zombie ideas are “policy ideas that, although largely unproven in practice, tend to survive and to be adopted again and a...

Vancouver foundation’s cannabis distribution program gets Health Canada approval
September 01, 2022 | CBC News

Longtime overdose prevention advocate Sarah Blyth knows marijuana isn’t a cure-all for issues of addiction and overdose, but she says it can help some people. “People use it for sleeping, they use it for pain, they use it for trauma … sometimes using it instead of opiates,...
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