Open more overdose prevention sites in urban and rural areas across Canada: study
December 02, 2021 | Toronto Star

VANCOUVER – Researchers in British Columbia say the expansion of overdose prevention sites in Vancouver led to immediate behaviour changes among some drug users as they entered addiction treatment and decreased the number of times they injected substances in public or shared syringes. Their st...

Touesnard, Sutherland and Richardson: Canada’s new minister of mental health and addictions can end the overdose crisis. Here’s how
November 30, 2021 | Ottawa Citizen

It is distressing that the toxic drug poisoning deaths of more than 22,000 Canadians were not a bigger issue in the recent federal election, especially when government policy is a driving factor behind those preventable deaths. The newly created federal Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions must ...

How Diverting Opioids Can Be Harm Reduction
November 22, 2021 | Talking Drugs

What cops and regulators consider to be the boogeyman of the Canadian overdose crisis is in fact a tactic that criminalized drug consumers and their advocates believe is a means of survival in the face of an ever-more potent, volatile illicit drug supply. They’re talking about ‘diversion’, the...

Minister Bennett says national opioid crisis plan to be informed by proposals in B.C.
November 19, 2021 | Yahoo News Canada

OTTAWA — Canada’s new minister of mental health and addictions says she is very interested in proposals from British Columbia on how to proceed with a plan for addressing the opioid crisis. Asked about specifically when action will be taken, Carolyn Bennett did not respond directly,but said ...

Irreversible Overdoses, Robberies, and Sex Assaults: The ‘Terrifying’ Rise of Benzo Dope
November 18, 2021 | VICE

About two years ago, Danielle took some “down”—a street name for fentanyl—and woke up in an underground parking lot behind the wheel of her car. Danielle, who does not want her real name used because she uses drugs, has used opioids on and off for decades, but she wasn’t accustomed to pass...
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