Bill 22: Proposed involuntary treatment raises more questions than answers for youth who use drugs
July 03, 2020 | Georgia Straight

The overdose crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to impact communities across British Columbia. While researchers, health-care providers, and parents agree that youth need timely access to a continuum of treatments for substance-use disorders, the proposed changes to B.C.’s Men...

Take-home test strips allow drug users to detect fentanyl
July 02, 2020 | MDedge

Illicit drug users seem to overwhelmingly appreciate being able to use take-home test strips to detect the extremely common presence of dangerous fentanyl in opioids and other drugs, a new study finds. More than 95% said they’d use the inexpensive strips again. “These tests accurately detect fen...

Ep. 007: Safe Supply Guidelines [Podcast]
June 29, 2020 | Pharmacy in Phlux

In this episode, we explore the practical and societal issues associated with BC’s new safe supply guidelines issued by the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU). We interview Mona Kwong, a pharmacist from the BCCSU and Guy Felicella, a former drug addict and now a peer counsellor at BCCSU. We fo...

Fundraiser launched by Drug User Liberation Front (PHOTOS)
June 25, 2020 | Vancouver Is Awesome

The Drug User Liberation Front has launched a campaign to raise funds for people who use drugs in British Columbia. Earlier this week, the organization held a protest march and rally in support of a ‘real’ safe supply of drugs in British Columbia in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside....

Drug Users Call for Safe Supply of Heroin and Cocaine, and Show How It’s Done
June 23, 2020 | The Tyee

A new drug-user advocacy group in Vancouver says the safe supply of prescription narcotics must include pharmaceutical-grade heroin and cocaine and — to kickstart the effort — they’ve started giving those drugs away for free themselves. Today, dozens of people who use drugs marched in the city...

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