B.C. launches 24/7 helpline to connect experts with people with addictions
June 16, 2020 | Surrey Now-Leader

As B.C. saw its most deadly month in the ongoing opioid crisis in May, the province has launched a new 24/7 helpline for physicians and nurses when treating patients struggling with substance use. The 24/7 Addiction Medicine Clinician Support Line, launched Tuesday (June 16), will be staffed with ad...

As B.C. reports record number of overdose deaths, Dr. Bonnie Henry makes emotional plea for help
June 12, 2020 | Georgia Straight

While B.C. has been preoccupied with COVID-19 issues, a concurrent health emergency, that has been worsened by the pandemic, has been overshadowed. However, health officials brought that health crisis back into the spotlight as they responded to a report with grim and troubling news about overdose...

Does CERB play a part in record overdose numbers?
June 12, 2020 | CKNW - The Lynda Steele Show

We had calls and are hearing comments from people that income assistance is responsible for overdose deaths in BC. We chat with Dr. Lindsey Richardson about this conversation, Research scientist at BC Centre on Substance Use Associate Professor at UBC’s Department of Sociology....

Coroner to feds: Take action on B.C. overdose epidemic like with pandemic
June 11, 2020 | National Post

VANCOUVER — British Columbia has recorded the highest number of illicit drug overdose deaths in a single month, prompting the chief coroner to say the federal government should take bold action on the overdose epidemic as it has done with the COVID-19 pandemic. “You can’t help but draw the par...

Cannabis may be a safer alternative for people who use drugs during sex
June 08, 2020 | The Conversation

Not everyone is a fan of rock ‘n’ roll but, for many people, sex and drugs make a great combination. Pairing the two can lead to a highly enjoyable experience, with heightened physical and psychological effects including increased feelings of intimacy, confidence and pleasure. Unfortunately, som...

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