The overdose crisis on canvas

By Jeremy Deutsch To mark International Overdose Awareness Day 2021, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has partnered with local artists with lived and living experience to...

Opioid crisis is major public health concern

By Sophie Ash The opioid crisis in Canada continues to be a major public health concern that has prompted numerous policy reforms. But, governing body...

Opioid related overdoses caused 17 deaths per day in Canada in 2020

Today, the co-chairs of the federal, provincial and territorial Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses (SAC)—Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health...

An innovative student-led screening program

By Carole Goodine In a recent blog, Simon Sinek shared a formula for innovation: Innovation = lack of time + lack of resources + optimism....

Words matter: Taking action to end the stigma around substance use

Ryan knew he had a problem. As a teen he had experimented with drugs. That experimenting had quickly escalated into an addiction, and he...

Working to support Canada’s national efforts to safe opioid use

By Anthony Danial and Tamara Milicevic Canada is in the midst of a national opioid crisis. It is a public health emergency that crosses cultural,...

Rapid access to addiction treatment

By Donna Danyluk Ron hated his life. When he opened his eyes in the morning he had only drug use, pain and misery waiting for...

The war against nicotine

  By David T. Sweanor J.D. It has become a common coffee shop experience to get engaged in discussions concerning opioid and nicotine addictions, given all...

Opioid injecting linked to substantial rise in bacterial heart infections

A study of people who inject drugs found a significant increase in the risk of infective endocarditis, a serious infection of the lining of...

Hospital program brings rapid-access addiction medicine to clinics across Ontario

By Jen Brailsford In 2017, more than 1,200 opioid-related deaths were reported in Ontario—up from 867 in 2016. As these numbers continue to climb, the...

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