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...

Skilled addiction care training urgently needed in B.C.
August 17, 2016

Report offers key recommendations to bridge addiction care gaps Vancouver, B.C. [August 17, 2016] Medical professionals trained in addiction medicine are in short supply across Canada, including British Columbia. The B.C. Node of the Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse (CRISM), has published recommendations to address the growing probl...

A seizure medication may offer hope for people struggling with cocaine addiction, more research needed
August 11, 2016

Vancouver, B.C. [August 11, 2016] Topiramate, a medication normally used to treat seizures and prevent migraines, appears to show some promise in the treatment of cocaine addiction. Research scientists from the Urban Health Research Initiative (UHRI), part of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), as well as the Division of Global Publi...

Opioid Addiction Guidelines from British Columbia featured in leading medical journal
July 19, 2016

Vancouver, BC [July 19, 2016] A novel approach to treating opioid addiction in British Columbia is attracting major international attention after being reviewed and featured in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). A Guideline for the Clinical Management of Opioid Addiction, a first-of-its-kind in Canada, aims to impro...

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