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Opioid Agonist Therapy Underused, Data Suggest
December 22, 2023 | Medscape

Few patients with opioid toxicity receive opioid agonist therapy (OAT), data suggest. In a retrospective study that examined about 21,000 hospital visits related to opioid use disorder (OUD) in Ontario, Canada, 4.1% resulted in community-based initiation of OAT within 7 days of discharge. “F...

Animal tranquilizers showing up in B.C.’s drug supply, increasing need for regulated supply: advocate
December 17, 2023 | CityNews Vancouver

A harm reduction advocate says B.C.’s drug supply is getting increasingly worse as animal tranquilizers enter the mix. Guy Felicella, clinical advisor at BC’s Centre on Substance Use, says xylazine, which is a type of horse tranquilizer, is now showing up in samples from Vancouver and Sechelt, a...

Vancouver Needs a Real Plan for Homeless Youth
December 11, 2023 | The Tyee

The results of Metro Vancouver’s most recent homeless count were just released, and the past three years have seen a 32 per cent increase. This is the largest spike in unsheltered people recorded since 2005. According to the report, approximately eight per cent of those counted are under the age ...

Should Seattle reconsider safe drug-consumption sites? We look at Vancouver’s example
December 10, 2023 | Seattle Times

VANCOUVER, B.C. — As people walk into Overdose Prevention Society in Vancouver, they’re asked two questions: the “tag” they go by and what drug they’re using that day. Chairs are spread throughout the room where people can inject or snort drugs. An outdoor patio in the back where people ...

Pilot project to pay B.C. drug users to go through treatment coming under criticism
December 08, 2023 | CityNews Vancouver

A pilot project that would pay people $20 a day to participate in a drug treatment program out of St. Paul’s Hospital’s Road to Recovery Program is coming under criticism from an advocate in the field. Tyson Singh Kelsall, a Downtown Eastside social worker and health sciences PhD student at SFU,...
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