Public Drug Testing Sites Are Helping Dealers Prevent Overdoses
October 30, 2019 | VICE

Street-level dealers in Vancouver are accessing free drug checking services at overdose prevention sites around the city. In doing so, they’re keeping folks in their community—their clients—safe. James*, a dealer and user who accesses testing services at an overdose prevention site in Surrey...

No single path to recovery: Centre on Substance Use says residents misinterpreting report
October 23, 2019 | Castanet

Addiction and recovery experts from the BC Centre on Substance Use say Rutland residents opposed to supportive housing in their part of Kelowna are misinterpreting data about the effectiveness of such projects. Supportive housing to get people off the streets and help drug users kick their addictio...

OPINION: Charting a new course out of the overdose crisis in B.C.
October 19, 2019 | Victoria News

It has been more than three years since B.C. declared a public health emergency due to the growing number of drug overdose deaths in the province. Recently, the tremendous efforts of the affected community, health care providers, and first responders have contributed to a decline in overdose deaths....

B.C. festival-goers’ drugs contain only expected substance 2 out of 3 times: study
October 18, 2019 | CTV News Vancouver

VANCOUVER – A troublingly high number of drugs tested at B.C. music festivals last summer weren’t what potential users thought they were, although few were contaminated with fentanyl, according to a new study. Research scientist Lianping Ti and colleagues attended several festivals aroun...

Six years ago the Vancouver police declared a mental-health crisis; since then, little has changed
October 09, 2019 | Georgia Straight

In 2013, former Vancouver police chief Jim Chu and former mayor Gregor Robertson sat side by side at a news conference and called attention to a “growing crisis” of severe mental illnesses. Section 28 apprehensions under the B.C. Mental Health Act⁠—a law that lets police take a person...

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