Report: Youth voices on substance use provide recommendations to care providers in BC
December 8, 2022

Young people who use substances, particularly those experiencing homelessness, face unique challenges accessing services and need tailored care, according to a new report. More than 10,000 people have died from toxic drug poisoning in BC since the declaration of a public health emergency in 2016, nearly 1,800 of whom were young people under the age...

Patients may be at higher risk of overdose when opioid therapy for pain is discontinued
December 1, 2022

Study suggests enhanced guidance for opioid prescribing needed to manage pain, reduce risk of overdose Discontinuing opioids prescribed for chronic pain was associated with increased risk of overdose, according to a new study from the BC Centre on Substance Use and University of British Columbia-Okanagan published today in PLOS Medicine. In order t...

Access to safer supply prescribing rapidly increased during COVID-19: Study
June 16, 2022

The number of programs and prescribers offering safer supply to reduce risk of overdose increased dramatically during COVID-19, according to a study looking at services across Canada published this month in the International Journal of Drug Policy. The findings suggest capacity for further rapid scale-up of flexible safer supply prescribing to add...

Take-home fentanyl test strips prove useful as low-barrier drug checking approach
June 8, 2022

A research study conducted by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU), BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), Interior Health (IH) and the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) was published this month in the International Journal of Drug Policy, titled Take-Home Drug Checking as a Novel Harm Reduction Strategy in British...

Risks of contaminated Vancouver drug supply heightened during pandemic: Study
May 11, 2022

More than a third of people who use drugs in Vancouver, Canada reported a decline in the quality of drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The decline in drug quality was associated with an increased risk of experiencing a non-fatal overdose. The research findings support c...
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