Items tagged with opioids and canada

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Why the Drug User Liberation Front gave out free, checked drugs in Vancouver [11.08.2020] The Drug User Liberation Front, a Vancouver-based activist group, made a serious statement on June 23. During a protest in the city’s Downtown Eastsi ...
‘Does anyone care?’: B.C. overdose deaths hit record high for second consecutive month [17.07.2020] This time, at least 175 people died. The victims include a soccer goalie who had just celebrated his 26th birthday, a cheerful young volunteer at an ...
Supervised consumption sites save Alberta money: University of Calgary study [25.06.2020] A study from the University of Calgary has concluded the Calgary supervised consumption site is saving the province money. The study looked at the co ...
B.C. records highest number of fatal overdoses in a single month, with 170 deaths [11.06.2020] The BC Coroners Service said 170 people died of an illicit drug overdose in May, the highest total ever recorded for a single month in provincial his ...
B.C. moves to 'safe supply' as overdose deaths spike during COVID-19 pandemic [12.05.2020] The new guidelines were announced in late March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic — concerns about the drug supply becoming even further adulterat ...
Advocates call safe drug supply a victory but worry about logistics in pandemic [06.04.2020] Advocates say it took a pandemic for steps forward in the call for a safe supply of drugs for people dealing with substance use problems and there’s ...
Opioid vending machine opens in Vancouver [17.02.2020] A vending machine for powerful opioids has opened in Canada as part of a project to help fight the Canadian city’s overdose crisis. The MySafe projec ...
Tainted drugs are fuelling Thunder Bay's opioid deaths, say advocates. They want a safe supply to fight it [08.01.2020] Inside the only supervised injection site in Thunder Bay, Ont., nurse practitioner Josh Fraser has reversed so many opioid overdoses that he says the ...
Canada’s opioid crisis: The people and communities fighting for change and finding solutions [23.12.2019] The drug crisis has claimed thousands of lives in Canada, with no communities spared. Now, many are banding together to speak up and find solutions. ...
Could cannabis be a 'silver bullet' in the fight against the opioid crisis? [24.11.2019] A new study suggests cannabis could be a safer and more effective substitute for opioids in the treatment of chronic pain, but can it help fight the ...
Vancouver pilots new fentanyl-patch program to combat opioid crisis [13.11.2019] A Vancouver physician is prescribing fentanyl to patients with opioid-use disorder in the latest effort by the medical community to curb overdose dea ...
Canada’s drug crisis has a solution. Politicians don’t like it [29.09.2019] A recent study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Addiction, found that a trio of policies adopted to combat the opioid overdose epidemic saved, ...
Without safe injection sites, more opioid users will die [23.05.2019] Ontario is undoubtedly in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis. From January to September 2018, an incredible 1,031 Ontarians died of an overdose. ...
How to legalize every drug [22.05.2019] As Canada continues to work out the kinks of legalizing cannabis—and jurisdictions around the world follow suit—harm reduction advocates and drug pol ...
B.C.’s chief health officer calls for decriminalization of illicit drugs [24.04.2019] British Columbia’s top public health officer is urging the province to decriminalize people who use and possess small amounts of illicit drugs in the ...
Sell regulated heroin to drug users to reduce overdose deaths: B.C. group [21.02.2019] Heroin addicts should be granted access to a clean supply of the drug provided through “compassion clubs” similar to those that provide medical marij ...
Safer opioids actively being reviewed for epidemic: chief public health officer [12.12.2018] Public health officials across Canada are seriously considering increasing the supply of safer opioids to quell a crisis that newly released data sho ...
Withdrawing from drug treaties over legal pot would be a ‘mistake’: Freeland [01.05.2018] Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is defending the Liberal government’s decision not to withdraw from three international drug treaties, whi ...
Beijing asks Canada to help stem flow of illicit marijuana to China [30.04.2018] Chinese officials have been quietly grilling Canada about illicit marijuana flowing to their country, prompting Ottawa to agree to work with them on ...
Daily cannabis use could delay at-risk youth from moving to higher risk drug use: study [29.03.2018] Consuming cannabis every day could delay at-risk youth from moving on to injecting more dangerous drugs, according to a new study that casts doubt up ...
Vancouver mayor calls for drug decriminalization after record year for opioid overdoses [28.03.2018] Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is calling for the decriminalization of personal drug use and possession following the release of new numbers that s ...
B.C. pilot project to distribute clean opioids to people at high risk of overdose [20.12.2017] Ottawa has approved a pilot project that will allow health officials in B.C. to distribute clean opioids to drug users to use as they please, marking ...
Supervised injection sites could stop untold opioid-related deaths [01.12.2017] In addition to the legal issues, the heavy stigma around heroin and other opioids driving the nation's overdose crisis can push individuals into the ...
Ottawa approves temporary overdose-prevention sites in bid to address opioid crisis [16.11.2017] Ottawa will let provinces and territories open temporary sites for drug-overdose prevention while their applications for permanent facilities are pro ...
Recognized for controversy, Vancouver's former drug czar says the fentanyl crisis requires legalizing heroin [11.10.2017] “Heroin at your corner store.” That was the title of a speech that Donald MacPherson delivered in acceptance of the 2017 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize ...
Commission makes recommendations for tackling opioid crisis in North America [03.10.2017] The Global Commission on Drug Policy has issued recommendations on tackling North America's opioid crisis, calling for the immediate expansion of har ...
B.C.'s overdose crisis may be 'new normal,' no matter what politicians say [30.09.2017] British Columbia has been in a public health emergency since April 14, 2016. At the time, the government said it was implemented to "help prevent fut ...
Ottawa rejects expert calls to decriminalize illegal opioids [28.08.2017] Ottawa says it has no plans to consider decriminalizing hard drugs, such as heroin, despite calls from local politicians, health officials and expert ...
Canada’s mayors call for speedy approval of proposals to address overdose crisis [25.05.2017] Canada’s big-city mayors are calling for the expedited approval of new supervised drug-consumption sites, improved data collection and the expansion ...
Canada eases steps to open supervised drug injection sites amid opioid crisis [21.05.2017] Canada’s government has made it easier to open supervised drug injection sites across the country, offering communities a lifeline as they battle an ...
Cannabis may help wean people off crack, study finds [16.05.2017] Cannabis has been identified as a potential substitute for users of legal or illicit opioids, but a new Vancouver-based study shows the drug may also ...
Drug controls are 'absolutely pathetic,' activist says regulation will save lives [25.04.2017] A Vancouver based drug policy researcher has been working for decades to get the federal government to regulate illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine ...
Legalize heroin for 'less overdose deaths,’ forensic psychologist tells Vancouver conference [25.04.2017] A forensic psychologist working with the Canadian prison system is calling for “radically different” approaches to B.C.’s overdose crisis, including ...
Ottawa doctor pioneers use of cannabis to help opioid addicts [16.04.2017] The patients at Dr. Mark Ujjainwalla’s methadone clinic are trying to beat their addiction to heroin, narcotic painkillers and other opioid drugs, bu ...
B.C. mulls framework for expanded heroin-assisted treatment [06.04.2017] Prescription heroin, a last-resort treatment for severe addiction currently restricted to only one clinic in all of North America, could one day be d ...
Ottawa moves to facilitate more injection sites as death toll climbs [09.12.2016] Ottawa will introduce a bill that is expected to reduce barriers to opening and operating supervised drug-con­sumption sites in Canada. The move come ...
Vancouver’s safer injection services stalled as overdose death toll mounts [30.09.2016] On Sept. 30, 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of Vancouver’s Insite, North America’s first legally authorized safer injection site. ...
Safe injection clinic says 90% of clients' heroin had dangerous drug additive [01.09.2016] North America’s only supervised injection site has found that 90% of its clients’ heroin contained the powerful synthetic fentanyl. Vancouver’s Insit ...
Street opioids are getting deadlier. Overseeing drug use can reduce deaths [25.04.2016] As health officials battle increasing mortality associated with heroin and prescription opioids, an even more dangerous group of street drugs has app ...
Vancouver prescriptions for addicts gain attention as heroin and opioid use rises [20.04.2016] Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic, the only medical facility in North America permitted to prescribe heroin at the center of an epidemic raging across the ...
How Canada got addicted to fentanyl [07.04.2016] The supply chain for illicit fentanyl begins in China, but the problems Canada is experiencing start right here at home: No other country in the worl ...
The OxyContin disaster [24.02.2012] Who is going to clean up the mess OxyContin has left behind in Ontario? Health Minister Deb Matthews' move to delist the addictive prescription paink ...

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