People who need addiction services feel ‘abandoned’ during pandemic
April 09, 2020 | CBC News - BC

British Columbia’s former provincial health officer says he has “grave concerns” about reduced services for people struggling with drug addiction, while the manager of a supervised consumption site in Toronto says people are feeling abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Perry...

Is Safe Supply a Viable Option to the Overdose Crisis? [Video]
April 06, 2020 | TEDxBearCreekPark (via YouTube)

TEDx Talk filmed in February 2020 in Surrey, BC....

Vancouver sees spike in overdose deaths amid coronavirus pandemic
April 01, 2020 | Daily Hive

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in BC and around the world, the City of Vancouver said it also experienced an increase in overdose deaths last week. This increase is “a reminder that we now are experiencing two public health emergencies: COVID-19 and the overdose crisis,” the city said in a r...

B.C. releases plan to provide safe supply of drugs during COVID-19 pandemic
March 26, 2020 | CBC News - BC

The provincial government says safe prescription drugs will be provided to people who use substances amid fears the illegal drug supply is becoming increasingly toxic as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. B.C.’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy announced new guidelines for ...

Peer harm reduction workers move to unionize in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
March 14, 2020 | CBC News - BC

When the overdose crisis struck British Columbia four years ago, Dave Apsey was among a small group of people in a unique position to respond. As a drug user who helped open a needle exchange in 2003, Apsey said he knows first-hand about addiction and is trusted in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastsid...

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