Statement from BCCSU on COVID-19
March 18, 2020

The declaration on March 17, 2020 of a public health emergency related to COVID-19 means that British Columbia is now facing two concurrent crises: one, the rapidly escalating spread of the novel coronavirus and another, the ongoing opioid overdose crisis. Our responses to these two emergencies are not unrelated: people who use drugs may have other...

New study reveals federal crackdown on poppers may create health risks for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men
March 3, 2020

A 2013 federal crackdown on alkyl nitrites, commonly known as “poppers,” may be putting gay, bi and other men who have sex with men at risk by driving them to access an unregulated – and potentially unsafe – supply, according to a new study from researchers at the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and the University o...

Supervised injection facilities reduce all causes of premature death among people who inject drugs, new research finds
December 19, 2019

Supervised injection facilities are not only effective at reducing overdose deaths – they help reduce the risk of premature death from other causes, according to a new study from researchers at the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and University of British Columbia (UBC). Researchers interviewed 811 people who inject drugs in Vancouver between ...

Guideline supports people living with alcohol addiction
December 17, 2019

British Columbians dealing with high-risk drinking or alcohol use disorder will be connected to services that better suit their needs. A new made-in B.C. guideline helps fill a crucial gap in the province’s system of care for people with addictions. The Provincial Guideline for the Clinical Management of High-Risk Drinking and Alcohol Use Dis...

BC Centre on Substance Use hosts inaugural Cannabis Science Symposium
November 25, 2019

Dr. M-J Milloy, the Canopy Growth Professor of Cannabis Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is proud to bring together patients and other people with lived and living experience with researchers, clinicians, and policymakers for the inaugural Cannabis Science Symposium with the goal of establishing a research agenda for cannabis and...

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