Tenant-led overdose response in Vancouver SROs proves to be effective at reaching socially isolated
August 2, 2018

With the majority of fatal opioid overdoses occurring alone and inside the home, tenant-led interventions in single room occupancy (SRO) hotels are urgently needed, according to new research from the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and University of British Columbia (UBC). In 2017, 88% of illicit drug overdose deaths in British Columbia occurred...

Lessons from the HIV pandemic could help identify gaps in accessing treatment for opioid use disorder
July 31, 2018

New research from the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) suggests applying successful strategies to fight HIV/AIDS in response to overdose crisis. In a study published in the August issue of the peer-reviewed journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, BCCSU researchers used data from approximately 10 years of interviews from people with opioid use disord...

Drug checking to be offered through BC’s summer festival season
July 30, 2018

In order to provide potentially life-saving information, drug checking is being made widely available this summer for festival-goers in British Columbia. Drug checking is a free service that allows people to anonymously submit samples of street drugs to be analyzed for their chemical makeup. Using a Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer an...

New report on strengthening addiction recovery in B.C.
July 18, 2018

A new report released today sets priorities for expanding and improving addiction recovery services in British Columbia, a long-standing need in the province. Developed by the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) in consultation with people in recovery and with expertise in providing recovery care, the report highlights the stigma that persons in rec...

Care providers have new tools to address challenges of treating youth with opioid addiction
June 13, 2018

Vancouver, BC – Treatment guidelines released today will give care providers new evidence-based tools for supporting youth with opioid addiction. The guidelines, developed by the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) with a provincial committee of health systems partners and representatives of community and family groups, provide recommendations and...

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