17 and Hooked on Benzo Dope
May 19, 2022 | VICE

ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia — The first time Carrie smoked “down,” a street name for fentanyl, heroin, and other illegal opioids, she said she was held captive for four days inside a tent by a much older man who’d given it to her. Either 13 or 14 at the time, Carrie, now 17, said the man, w...

O, Canada
May 18, 2022 | KBOO - Free Culture Radio

Highlights from BCSU2022 featuring Dr. Geoff Bardwell, a Research Scientist at the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU); Phoenix Beck-McGreevy, a Peer Support Worker at Family Services of Greater Vancouver; Dr. Andrea Sereda, a family physician with the London InterCommunity Health Cente...

Opinion: The kids are alright… but only when we empower them
May 18, 2022 | Vancouver Is Awesome

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks doing speaking engagements at schools across the Lower Mainland. It’s one of the best things about my job: being able to connect with kids and talk with them about drugs. What I’ve learned over the years from speaking to hundreds of teens is that what th...

Neil Magnuson Arrested
May 18, 2022 | Cannabis Life Network

Police arrested Neil Magnuson in Downtown Eastside Vancouver last Tuesday. The long-time cannabis activist sold high-potency edibles out of his RV for low-income, opioid-addicted residents. The Vancouver Police raided his supply and confiscated his RV. Magnuson told CityNews, “I shudder...

COVID-19 increased risk of overdose due to poorer drug quality: SFU study
May 11, 2022 | Vancouver Sun

The COVID-19 pandemic heightened the risk of overdose because of a decline in the quality of drugs, according to a study that authors say highlights the need for a safer supply not just for people who use opioids, but also stimulants. Researchers from Simon Fraser University surveyed 738 people who ...
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