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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 ...

A Vancouver researcher says young people need safe spaces for harm reduction
April 07, 2024 | CityNews Vancouver

A Vancouver research scientist says young people are at the centre of the toxic drug crisis and need more safe spaces to reduce harm. Danya Fast, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and research scientist at the BC Centre on Substance Use (BC...

A researcher followed 20 young people living on Vancouver streets. Half of them died.
March 25, 2024 | Vancouver Sun

Dom, a charismatic and “painfully tired” 16-year-old, liked the video games he could play and the TVs he could watch in a specialized B.C. Children’s Hospital program for teens who’d had life-threatening overdoses. In his short lifetime, Dom had been in countless drop-in centres, treatment p...

How exactly is an overdose prevention site established in B.C.?
March 23, 2024 | Vancouver Is Awesome

For all the failures the Auditor General of B.C. found in the provincial government’s implementation of overdose prevention and supervised consumption sites, it did not look at one key aspect that boiled over into controversy most recently in Richmond: that is, how exactly is the establishment o...
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