Scientists speak out against false cannabis claims
August 12, 2015

Leading international scientific body reviews thirteen oft-repeated claims on cannabis use and regulation, finds that none are strongly supported by scientific evidence Toronto, Canada (August 12, 2015) – Many scientists are increasingly frustrated by the disregard of scientific evidence on cannabis use and regulation. To set the record strai...

Canadian HIV scientist wins inaugural $1.5 million Avenir Award from US National Institute on Drug Abuse, is named Director of the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy
July 3, 2015

Dr. Dan Werb will lead an international scientific collaboration to prevent injection drug use and optimize illicit drug policies Toronto, Canada (July 3, 2015) – Dan Werb, PhD and Research Scientist with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), has been named one of four inaugural recipients of the Avenir Award, a prestigious USD$1...

Experts available to comment on International Harm Reduction Day, May 7
May 7, 2015

May 7 is International Harm Reduction Day. The following BC-CfE experts are available to discuss research and policy on harm reduction, needle exchange programs, drug policy, sex work, and other related topics. Contact Caroline Dobuzinskis, Communications Coordinator, for interview requests. Email: [email protected] Office: (604) 682-2344 ext....

Study: Among street-involved youth, women twice as likely to be infected with hepatitis C
March 23, 2015

Vancouver, BC [March 23, 2015] Among street-involved youth in Vancouver, women are twice as likely to contract the hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to a new study by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) published in The Journal of Adolescent Health. From September 2005 to November 2011, 940 youth were recruited into the At-Risk Youth...

Study: Overdose risk increases on and immediately after distribution of income assistance cheques
September 24, 2014

New research trial will evaluate alternative distribution options for social assistance in order to minimize health risks Vancouver, British Columbia– Study findings released recently in The International Journal of Drug Policy reveal the risk of drug overdose among injection drug users increased dramatically on and immediately following the ...

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