BC Centre on Substance Use statement on City of Vancouver decriminalization submission
May 11, 2021

The BC Centre on Substance Use has signed onto an open letter in response to the City of Vancouver’s proposed submission to Health Canada on decriminalization. The BCCSU is fully supportive of efforts to reduce the harms associated with the criminalization of people who use drugs. However, we strongly believe that any approach to decriminalizatio...

Cheyenne Johnson appointed Executive Director at BC Centre on Substance Use
April 19, 2021

Cheyenne Johnson has been appointed Executive Director of the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU). Ms. Johnson was selected following a recruitment process led by Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI), after previously acting as interim executive director of BCCSU. She was originally appointed by government as the Interim Operations Dire...

New resources to support pregnant people who use substances
March 9, 2021

New clinical resources are available to better support British Columbians during pregnancy, while reducing harms related to substance use. The British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) has developed a new clinical guideline supplement to care for pregnant people who use alcohol and has expanded the 24/7 Addiction Medicine Clinician Support L...

RNs begin prescribing addiction treatment medications, a Canadian first
February 8, 2021

The first cohort of registered nurses (RNs) is on track to begin prescribing medications for treatment of opioid use disorder, as part of B.C.’s leading-edge overdose response plan. Thirty RNs and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) will complete their training this month to prescribe buprenorphine/naloxone (commonly known as Suboxone), which is...

First-of-its-kind national guideline to support people with alcohol use disorder
January 29, 2021

New national resources to give clinicians the tools they need to better prevent, treat, and reduce harms from alcohol use disorder in Canada will soon be available, just as reports suggest Canadians are consuming more alcohol than ever. Health Canada is aiming to fill the evidence-to-practice gap through the development of the first-ever national c...

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