Conservatives’ decision to appeal Insite ruling obstructs progress on important healthcare issues
February 9, 2010

“War on Drugs’ Mentality Has Dire Consequences for Community Health Vancouver – The federal government’s decision today to challenge a BC Court of Appeal ruling on Insite will further delay the implementation of proven harm reduction initiatives that save lives and reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS. The Conservative Party ...

Reports of police misconduct and illegal drug enforcement tactics linked with health-related harms in Thailand
December 3, 2009

Bangkok / Vancouver – Research findings released today by the Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group (TTAG) and BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (Vancouver, Canada) suggest high rates of police misconduct and show that this abuse of power is linked to health-related harms among people who inject drugs (IDU) in Bangkok. The study, published in t...

Vancouver losing Its war on illicit drugs
November 24, 2009

(Vancouver) – The first comprehensive report on the epidemic of hard drug use in Vancouver shows that the federal government’s anti-drug strategy is failing and that new, innovative policies must be implemented to reduce the associated health, crime and financial burdens borne by residents. Researchers at the Urban Health Research Initi...

Study: Supervised injection site attracts highest risk users
July 19, 2005

More vulnerable to HIV infection and overdose, says detailed profile Vancouver’s pilot supervised injection site has shown to attract the highest risk users, reveals a new study authored by the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, provides one of the first detailed profil...

Study: High-risk group willing to use crack smoking facility
June 2, 2005

(Vancouver) – A medically supervised smoking facility (SSF) for crack users shows potential for public health and community benefits, and underlines the need for a scientific evaluation of a pilot site in Vancouver, says a new study published by the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Past Centre research has shown that smoking heroin, cr...
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