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A Close Look at Denial of Pain Meds to People Who Use Drugs
April 18, 2024 | Filter

For people who use drugs, accessing prescription pain medication when needed can be a severe challenge. A new paper digs into this issue by investigating factors that may cause a doctor to prescribe or not prescribe to people who use drugs (PWUD)—and what people do if they’re turned away. “I t...

NWT launches fentanyl test strips in response to drug poisonings
April 12, 2024 | Cabin Radio

A pilot drug-checking program is under way to help increase awareness of drug contamination in the Northwest Territories. The Department of Health and Social Services said a fentanyl test strip project began in December in response to several opioid-related deaths in the territory. The department sa...

Dollars and deliberation on road to harm reduction
April 12, 2024 | Winnipeg Free Press

The people at Prairie Harm Reduction anticipated pushback before their organization opened Saskatchewan’s first and only supervised consumption site in 2020. So they headed it off. They got police, fire and the City of Saskatoon on board, they knocked on every door in the surrounding neighbourhood...

Contrasting studies show possible impact of safer supply in B.C.
April 11, 2024 | CBC News

Peer-reviewed research is emerging about the possible effects of British Columbia’s safer supply program, with two studies in international medical journals casting the strategy in a different light. One found the program — which provides prescription alternatives to toxic illicit drugs —...

Health Canada warns City of Vancouver over licensing mushroom dispensary
April 11, 2024 | Business in Vancouver

Health Canada has sent a letter to Vancouver city manager Paul Mochrie over concerns that two Green Party councillors overturned a ruling of the city’s chief licence inspector to suspend the business licence of a magic mushroom dispensary. The March 15 letter obtained by Glacier Media is authored ...
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