Fatal overdoses are down—possibly because so many B.C. drug users have already died
February 05, 2020 | Georgia Straight

Through 1997, Vancouver authorities met regularly in response to an unprecedented outbreak of HIV/AIDS. The virus had killed 877 people in the city of Vancouver over the preceding five years, plus another 555 across British Columbia. A budding Downtown Eastside activist named Ann Livingston atten...

Taking root: How Canada’s first student recovery community is growing at UBC
January 28, 2020 | The Ubyssey

For years, third-year PhD student Sara Fudjack struggled with alcohol use. Fudjack’s drinking began in college the same way it often does for other students: at parties or bars or clubs, where alcohol was a common crutch for young people looking to socialize. But she had trouble stopping — somet...

People knowingly take fentanyl so make policy changes to reduce harm: B.C. study
January 24, 2020 | CTV News - Vancouver Island

VANCOUVER — A study suggests illicit drug users in British Columbia are knowingly using the potentially deadly opioid fentanyl so making them aware of its presence in the drug supply isn’t enough. The study by the BC Centre for Disease Control and the University of British Columbia calls...

Vancouver’s drug-dispensing machine: Why it exists and how it works
January 17, 2020 | CBC News - BC

Health advocates say a safe supply of opioids is critical to help prevent people from overdosing on tainted street drugs. Now, a pilot project in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside provides some high-risk users with access to an automated machine that dispenses opioids prescribed by a doctor. CB...

Sweet treat? Chewy trauma? Digesting the details
January 10, 2020 | Winnipeg Free Press

At an undisclosed location somewhere in Winnipeg, a new candy factory is quietly nearing completion. When it’s done, the 50,000-square-foot facility will be a cornucopia of confectionery, pumping out chocolates and caramels, biscuits and cookies, chewing gum and gummies, all with one key ingredien...

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