The latest news articles featuring BC Centre on Substance Use.


Despite all the shouting, the opioid crisis continues to defy simple answers
May 02, 2024 | CBC News

The debate in Parliament about British Columbia’s experience with drug decriminalization was already operating at extremes before Pierre Poilievre used the term “wacko.” During question period on Monday, the Conservative leader said the Liberal government had unleashed “dr...

How Guy Felicella stopped using drugs
April 30, 2024 | CBC Radio - BC Today

Harm reduction and recovery advocate Guy Felicella speaks to BC Today host Michelle Eliot about his recovery from drug addiction and the “defining” moments that shaped his healing. He shares how his work as a peer clinical advisor for the B.C. Centre on Substance Use inspires him — and...

Young People at the Centre of the Toxic Drug Crisis
April 30, 2024 | The Good Men Project

Vancouver may be considered by many as the “best place” to live, but many young people living in the city are facing unprecedented challenges that are making their futures more precarious than ever. Hundreds of youth who call Vancouver home are standing at the intersection of a housing affordabi...

As toxic drug crisis persists, Youth in ‘care’ are especially vulnerable: ‘It’s just a horrific cycle’
April 26, 2024 | IndigiNews

During her path to sobriety, Eva Takakenew has done a lot of thinking about her time in the child welfare system. “I figured there was something wrong with me that my [birth] mom didn’t want me,” shared Takakenew, who is from Piyesiw-Awasis (Thunderchild First Nation). “Why did she give me a...

Canada’s decriminalization pilot faces criticism
April 24, 2024 | DATAC

A recent article published by BBC News and authored by Nadine Yousif examined the scrutiny faced by British Columbia’s drug decriminalization pilot. In 2016, B.C. declared a public health emergency over opioid-related illicit overdose deaths. Subsequently, in 2023, the province decriminalized th...
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