Drug user launches proposed class action lawsuit over methadone switch
June 05, 2020 | CBC News - BC

A drug user “forced” to switch to a reformulated methadone treatment introduced in British Columbia six years ago has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against the provincial government, the college of pharmacists and a pharmaceutical company. Laura Shaver was among an estimated 18,0...

Opioid overdoses on the rise in Canada during COVID-19 pandemic
May 29, 2020 | Reuters

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s opioid-related deaths have been rising since the coronavirus pandemic began, the country’s chief public health officer said on Friday. Theresa Tam highlighted British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province and the epicenter of the country’s overdose crisis...

Therapeutic Cannabis Users Less Likely to Use Opioids
May 29, 2020 | The Cannabis Exchange

According to a recent study carried out by researchers in British Columbia, Canada, people who use cannabis for therapeutic purposes are less likely to use, and overdose on, opioids. The study’s findings add to a growing body of evidence supporting cannabis use as a harm reduction strategy. The s...

B.C. sees spike in fatal overdoses during pandemic
May 28, 2020 | National Observer

Fatal drug overdoses are on the rise in B.C., with more than three people dying every day during dual health emergencies, new data from the BC Coroners Service indicates. In total, 382 people died from illicit drug overdoses in the first four months of 2020, with 117 fatalities in April alone. This...

Multiple barriers exist for people trying to access weed as a harm-reduction tool: study
May 27, 2020 | Mugglehead

The regulated cannabis industry is blocking marginalized people from buying weed, according to a new study. While working as a post doctoral fellow in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside from 2017 to 2019, cannabis researcher and harm reduction expert Jenna Valleriani didn’t meet a single person who a...

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