SRO evictions increasing overdose risk and homelessness in Vancouver
March 26, 2019

Vancouver – Coast Salish Territory – Housing policies in Vancouver single room occupancy (SRO) hotels are failing to protect people who use drugs, driving the homelessness crisis and contributing to overdose risk, say researchers from the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and University of British Columbia (UBC). In a study published today in ...

Moms endorse call for Heroin Compassion Clubs
February 22, 2019

A national organization representing families who’ve lost a loved one to substance use is endorsing a proposal calling for regulated and controlled heroin sales to help stop fentanyl-related overdose deaths. Members of Moms Stop the Harm say the proposal should be urgently implemented in light of the ongoing overdose crisis. An estimated 11 Canad...

Expert report recommends legally regulated heroin sales in BC
February 21, 2019

“Heroin Compassion Clubs” could fight fentanyl-related overdoses and disrupt organized crime’s key role in money laundering & housing unaffordability, according to recommendations of the BC Centre on Substance Use VANCOUVER – COAST SALISH TERRITORY – The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) is recommending the urgent implementation of a...

Focus on evidence-based efforts needed to save lives
February 7, 2019

VICTORIA – The number of British Columbians dying from illicit drug overdoses plateaued in 2018, despite significant efforts from groups around the province to prevent deaths. The BC Coroners Service reports there were 1,489 suspected illicit drug overdose deaths in 2018, just over the total of overdose deaths seen in 2017. It is likely the numbe...

First in Canada pilot project at St. Paul’s Hospital ED to provide take-away treatment to opioid overdose patients
February 6, 2019

A leading-edge pilot project in the St. Paul’s Hospital Emergency Department (ED), in collaboration with the VCH Regional Addiction Program, will provide opioid overdose patients with take-away doses of treatment upon discharge. “Ensuring that people who experience an opioid overdose have the tools they need to stay alive is essential,” says ...

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