BCCSU statement on plan to decriminalize simple possession of drugs in Vancouver
November 18, 2020

The BC Centre on Substance Us strongly supports the motion before City Council to apply for a section 56 exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) for implementation and evaluation of the decriminalization of people who use drugs. Research clearly demonstrates that strategies that emphasize criminalization and drug law enforcement...

New podcast on addiction medicine launched to support the province’s primary care providers
September 22, 2020

The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) has launched the first series of Addiction Practice Pod, a podcast focusing on addiction and substance use care for health care providers in British Columbia and Yukon. As one component of the collaborative online educational program the BC ECHO on Substance Use, Addiction Practice Pod will offer practical tip...

Research: Youth often use cannabis as harm reduction, may help stop injection drug use
August 20, 2020

New research is shedding light on how cannabis use among some young people may be an important way to reduce the harms of other substance use. Two newly published studies from researchers with the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) examined cannabis use behaviours among young people and other people who ...

New provincial training program for BC health care providers aims to improve care for those with alcohol use disorder
August 17, 2020

A new free, virtual training series for BC health care providers aimed at improving knowledge, skills and competencies in managing alcohol use disorder launches this week. The BC ECHO on Substance Use – Alcohol Use Disorder, offered by the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) in partnership with Doctors of BC, will connect health care providers thr...

BCCSU statement on decriminalization of people who use drugs
July 9, 2020

The BCCSU supports the call for the decriminalization of people who use drugs. Dr. Bonnie Henry’s 2019 report, “Stopping the Harm,” detailed how the war on drugs has failed to reduce drug use, and instead has had unintended consequences such as fostering a mistrust with the health system and discouraging people who need and want care from...

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