First-of-its-kind guideline sets out best practices for delivering injectable opioid agonist treatment
September 23, 2019

The first-ever Canadian guidelines for prescribing injectable opioid agonist treatment (iOAT) were released today. The clinical guideline provides optimal strategies for delivering iOAT with prescription heroin and hydromorphone for people with severe opioid use disorder. In 2018, 4,460 Canadians died from an opioid overdose, a 9% increase from 201...

Study: Downtown Eastside policing strategies create barriers to accessing overdose prevention sites
September 18, 2019

Policing practices in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) are increasing overdose risks among people who use drugs and creating barriers to accessing overdose prevention sites (OPS), according to a new study from researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU). “Policing tactics that target people...

Two BCCSU researchers receive Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Trainee Awards
July 17, 2019

Two BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) researchers are among the new recipients of Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) 2019 Research Trainee Awards. This year’s MSFHR Research Trainee Award recipients include BCCSU post-doctoral research fellows Paxton Bach and Hudson Reddon. The MSFHR Research Trainee Program supports health res...

Police presence near supervised consumption sites in Toronto discouraging access
June 10, 2019

Supervised consumption sites are being expanded across Canada in response to opioid overdoses and other harms related to drug use. However, recent research suggests that policing in Toronto may be a key barrier to accessing this life-saving health service. Researchers with the University of British Columbia interviewed clients at two Toronto...

Changes to income assistance payment schedules could have wide-ranging effects on drug use and related harm
June 3, 2019

Vancouver – Coast Salish Territory – Changing how and when people who use drugs receive their income assistance payments could reduce escalations in drug use around government cheque day, however, changes could also have unintended consequences that increase individual drug-related harm. Researchers with the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) h...

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