More comprehensive services required to curb B.C. drug deaths, doctor says
September 15, 2022 | Toronto Star

VANCOUVER – Maria Rantanen did everything she could to stop her son from fatally overdosing, but it wasn’t enough. Michael Rantanen died on July 15. He was 25 years old. He was one of the 192 drug-related deaths British Columbia’s coroner recorded in July. The toll is a 31 per cent increas...

Can Substance Use Treatment Improve HIV Care?
September 14, 2022 | POZ Magazine

People who receive opioid substitution therapy to manage drug addiction are more likely to be on antiretroviral treatment and achieve an undetectable HIV viral load, according to study findings published in the journal AIDS. “These findings are encouraging and support calls for greater integratio...

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...
Copyright © 2021, BC Centre on Substance Use

400-1045 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2A9

E: [email protected] | T: (778) 945-7616 | F: (604) 428-5183

24/7 Addiction Clinician Support Line: (778) 945-7619

Online Addiction Medicine Diploma: [email protected].