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...

New report flags fentanyl deaths and highlights importance of improving access to evidence-based opioid addiction care in BC
June 2, 2016

Report offers key recommendations to safe and effective treatment Vancouver, B.C. [June 2, 2016] A new report by the B.C. Node of the Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse (CRISM) recommends novel strategies to improve access to opioid addiction care in British Columbia. The report entitled “Moving towards improved access for evide...

Use of “tranquilizer” medications associated with highest risk of death and increased risk of HCV infection in Downtown Eastside
May 17, 2016

Use of medication class a higher risk of death than illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine Vancouver, BC [May 17, 2016] The serious dangers associated with use of benzodiazepine (BZD) medications, also known as “tranquilizers”, have been highlighted in a pair of peer reviewed research studies. The misuse of prescription medications has...

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