Drug users, advocates fear federal election may sideline safer opioids policy
February 14, 2019 | CTV News Vancouver

VANCOUVER – The co-founder of a national group of parents whose children have died of overdoses fears the looming federal election will derail any policy changes that could make a safer supply of opioids a priority, even as the country’s chief public health officer has promised to review...

Cannabis co-ops seek to bring small producers, processors into legal market
February 10, 2019 | CBC News (BC)

British Columbia may be famous for its bud but some say Canada’s new marijuana legalization framework is excluding the small producers with established know-how. A movement is growing in the province to address that problem with a common idea: cannabis co-operatives. “Some may argue we&#...

New opioid medication will replace daily doses with monthly injection
February 08, 2019 | Globe and Mail

A new form of medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction that replaces daily doses with a monthly injection is expected to be available in Canada this year, and health officials say it could benefit those who struggle with taking medication every day. Sublocade is the brand name for an injec...

Calls ramp up for decriminalized hard drugs as B.C. breaks overdose death annual record
February 07, 2019 | Global News (BC)

Nearly 1,500 British Columbians died of suspected illicit drug overdose deaths in 2018. The BC Coroners Service reports 1,489 people died of drug overdoses compared to 1,420 illicit drug overdose deaths in 2017. “Families and communities across the province are losing friends, neighbours and loved...

Overdose patients at Vancouver hospital to get take-home opioid medication
February 07, 2019 | CBC News (BC)

John Boyd has been using opioids like fentanyl around Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for about four years. During that time he’s had some close calls and one serious overdose. “You’re walking along and then, ‘bang.’ The next thing you’re looking at is ambul...

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