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...

BC Centre on Substance Use statement on proposed amendments to the Mental Health Act
June 29, 2020

Addressing the unique harms experienced by youth who use substances is of critical importance. While there have been important steps made in recent years, there remain large gaps across the province within existing youth substance use services that prevent access to withdrawal management, evidence-based treatment, recovery services, and addiction s...

BCCSU Commitment for Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples
June 21, 2020

The BCCSU is committed to the process of truth and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples by recognizing and addressing the power imbalances and discriminations inherent to academic and health care institutional structures that are directly attributed colonization. Through the ongoing work of the three core functions of the BCCSU (research, educati...

BC launches 24/7 helpline to help medical professionals care for people with addictions
June 16, 2020

A new 24/7 helpline for clinicians will provide health care providers across British Columbia with live, in-the-moment addiction medicine support while they are treating patients. The 24/7 Addiction Medicine Clinician Support Line was launched today by the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU). The support line is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week...

BCCSU Statement on Racism and Police Brutality
June 5, 2020

We are deeply troubled and saddened by the anti-Black police brutality that has given rise to recent protests. George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor before him, join the too-long list of People of Colour whose lives have been stolen. The BCCSU stands in solidarity with those demanding justice and equality. We support the anti-racism protests south of th...

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