BC Centre on Substance Use to begin studying psychedelics as treatment option for addictions
April 21, 2017

The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) is planning clinical trials set to begin this year to study the effectiveness of psychedelic-assisted therapy in treating opioid and other substance use disorders—an approach not investigated by Canadian researchers in decades. The newly established BCCSU is seeking funding from granting agencies and private...

Province funds world-class research centre to improve addictions care in B.C.
March 7, 2017

Today Health Minister Terry Lake announced $5 million of additional funding for the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU), as well as $1.9 million in ongoing funding to support the centre’s operations. A private donor has also stepped forward with a generous $1-million initial donation through St. Paul’s Foundation, launching further fundr...

New Canadian online study of cannabis dispensary users set to launch
February 17, 2017

Vancouver, BC [February 17, 2017] With the Canadian federal government soon to announce plans to legalize cannabis, researchers from the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU), a part of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), are launching an innovative new study to fill a crucial knowledge gap: How do Canadians ...

Statement from Dr. Evan Wood and Marshall Smith regarding September 30th, 2016 Overdose statistics
October 20, 2016

Evan Wood, Interim Director for the BC Centre on Substance Use and Marshall Smith, Chairperson, British Columbia Recovery Council, released the following statement in response to the most recent coroner’s report on overdose deaths: “The ongoing high rates of fatal overdose in British Columbia demonstrate the need for continued collabora...

The BC-CfE Strongly Supports Implementation of Physician Access to Prescription Heroin
September 8, 2016

“The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and its addictions team enthusiastically supports Health Canada’s decision to allow access to pharmaceutical-grade heroin for the treatment of selected individuals with severe opioid addiction. In a reversal of rules imposed by the previous government, physicians can now count prescript...

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