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Vancouver OD deaths keep rising

From the Vancouver Sun: More than 20 temporary supervised injection sites opened in Vancouver, Victoria and across the province and a mobile medical unit was deployed — although medical staff have since been withdrawn — in the Downtown Eastside, all of them kitted out … Continue reading

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Vancouver, Insite and HIV infection rates

I recently stumbled onto this blog post with a very interesting observation about Vancouver, Insite and HIV infection rates. Vancouver has seen a marked decrease in the incidence of AIDS/HIV and those who promote harm reduction sites point to the … Continue reading

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Vancouver home to Canada’s first crackpipe vending machines

Vancouver is the home to Canada’s first-ever crackpipe vending machines, which were installed in the city’s troubled Downtown Eastside in a bid to curb the spread of disease among drug users. Portland Hotel Society’s Drug Users Resource Centre operates two … Continue reading

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Vancouver teens lead in drug and alcohol use

Is this a consequence of Vancouver’s drug policy?: A new survey has found that people between 16 and 25 in this city are more likely to experiment with alcohol and drugs than young people elsewhere in Canada. The Vancouver Coastal … Continue reading

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Vancouver mayor announces new program to fight drug addiction and crime

Vancouver mayor, Sam Sullivan, appears to be forging ahead with his plan to create drug maintenance programs for drug addicts. The plan is called CAST (Chronic Addiction Substitution Treatment). I’ve posted before on the subject here and here, so I … Continue reading

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Vancouver mayor proposes 'revolutionary' plan for addicts

Vancouver’s Mayor is promoting his plan for stimulant maintenance again and calling it treatment. This is the same guy who suggested that addicts and the public need to get real and accept addiction as a permanent disability, like his experience … Continue reading

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A Complicated Kindness: Vancouver’s Heroin Prescription Trial Raises Research Ethics Concerns

Silly me. I thought that an op-ed exploring ethical concerns related to an experimental heroin maintenance program may raised questions about the lack of accessible abstinence-based treatment, the palliative approach to a treatable condition, the stigmatization of heroin addiction as … Continue reading

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Mayor seeks drug maintenance for drug addicts (Vancouver, BC)

The mayor of Vancouver is calling for a stimulant maintenance program. I’ve heard calls for heroin maintenance programs, but this is the first time I’ve seen a call from a politician for a stimulant maintenance program. Vancouver has a “four … Continue reading

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Vancouver Police won't attend drug overdoses

This seems like an easy way to increase the likelyhood that drug users will call 911 if another user ODs. Does anyone know if local police attend 911 calls involving an OD? If so, do they routinely make arrests?

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New study casts doubt about injection site effectiveness

A new meta-analysis of research on supervised injection sites delivers some disappointing conclusions for advocates: One of the aims of MSICs (Medically Supervised Injection Centres) is to reduce harms associated with injecting illicit drugs such as heroin under unhygienic conditions. … Continue reading

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