People are drinking more during the pandemic — including parents
November 21, 2020 | CBC News

From “quarantinis” to zoom cocktails, the pandemic certainly hasn’t been a dry one. With liquor stores deemed an essential service, and alcohol easily available for delivery, many people have been turning to the bottle — including parents. According to a study conducted by the ...

Vancouver Aims to Become First Canadian City to Decriminalize Drugs
November 18, 2020 | The Tyee

Vancouver could become the first Canadian city to decriminalize the possession of illicit drugs in an effort to prevent increasing numbers of overdose deaths. Mayor Kennedy Stewart wants city council to approve a motion to decriminalize drug use and move the city away from stigmatizing and harming p...

Saskatchewan woman says use of cannabis to help her addiction not accepted
November 18, 2020 | The Star

REGINA – For Shelby Curtis, keeping away from hard drugs starts with quieting her thoughts. The 26-year-old got a prescription to use cannabis medicinally earlier this year while in recovery and living in Regina’s Raising Hope housing program for new mothers facing issues such as substance a...

Vancouver Projects Give Weed to Curb Overdoses. Police Just Raided One
November 17, 2020 | The Tyee

Neil Magnuson says he provides more than 200 people free high-potency cannabis edibles as an alternative to them using opioids. On Saturday, he says, Vancouver police raided his supply on wheels. Magnuson, founder of the unlicensed Cannabis Substitution Project, started the project out of the Vancou...

Can we reduce drug overdose deaths in the middle of a COVID pandemic?
November 14, 2020 | Vancouver Sun

Suspects going through withdrawal in Abbotsford jail cells are now offered an iPad to communicate by video with a doctor and can have pharmaceutical replacement drugs delivered to them while in custody, in an innovative effort to get them off deadly street drugs. The novel initiative was started thr...

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