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Vancouver clinic turns long-time addicts from prescription heroin to abstinence

Providence Health News - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 00:00

Two long-time addicts have taken an unconventional road to sobriety: prescription heroin.

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City report reveals plan for hotel and conference centre on Downtown Eastside hospital site

Providence Health News - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 00:00

The development of a new hospital and health-care campus in the Downtown Eastside could have far-reaching ramifications on the neighbourhood.

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What gay trans guys wish their doctors knew (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Providence Health News - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 00:00

Speaking to gay and bisexual trans men, the word “invisibility” comes up a lot. Invisibility in the bathhouse and on dating apps, invisibility among cisgender people, straight people, trans people and gay people. And, too often, invisibility in the doctor’s office. 

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Battling a fentanyl crisis, B.C. quietly expands access to clean drugs that addicts can substitute for heroin (Crosstown Clinic)

Providence Health News - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 00:00

The Portland Hotel Society (PHS) has quietly forged ahead with a lifesaving but controversial tool that could help alleviate Vancouver’s fentanyl crisis.

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The case for prescription heroin

Providence Health News - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 00:00

Vancouver gives heroin to drug users suffering from addiction — and it works.

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Weekend Poll: Are you prepared to care for your aging parents?

Providence Health News - Sat, 06/10/2017 - 00:00

This week, we heard from Aaron Craven, a local Vancouver man whose mom was admitted to St. Paul’s Hospital this week to stabilize her Alzheimer’s medication.

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B.C. political uncertainty causing concern for overdose victim’s mom (BC Centre on Substance Use)

Providence Health News - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 00:00

A British Columbian mother whose son died from a fentanyl overdose is watching the province’s political uncertainty with some unease since the May 9 razor-thin election.

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St. Paul's Hospital addressing ‘brutal lack of dignity’ allegation in treating Alzheimer’s patient

Providence Health News - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 00:00

Health officials are investigating after a Vancouver man alleges his 78-year-old mother with Alzheimer’s was roughed up by St. Paul’s Hospital security and left crying and bruised this week.

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B.C. residents at risk of contracting HIV turn to online buyer's club to afford pricey lifesaving drug (Dr. Mark Hull)

Providence Health News - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 00:00

B.C. residents at risk of contracting HIV. are turning to an online buyer's club to help them afford an anti-HIV drug that costs $1,000 a month and isn't covered by the provincial drug plan.

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8 medical breakthroughs Canadians should be proud of (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Providence Health News - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 00:00

Canadians are known for hockey, maple syrup and poutine, but what about their contributions to furthering medicine? Turns out, Canada is responsible for handfuls of medical breakthroughs from Pablum to insulin and child-resistant medicine bottles.

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St. Paul’s ICU Garden

Providence Health News - Sat, 06/03/2017 - 00:00

Patients at St. Paul’s Hospital intensive care unit now have something to brighten up their days. The ICU garden at St. Paul’s Hospital is getting replanted thanks to a generous donation.

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APTN Investigates – Killer Pain

Providence Health News - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 00:00

Vancouver’s tough Downtown Eastside is suffering from Fentanyl.

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Thanks to hospital staff, first responders

Providence Health News - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 00:00

After my recent illness, I would like to extend my belated thanks to our hospital staff: doctors, specialists, nurses, care aides, the ambulance drivers and attendants, firefighters and paramedics both here and in Vancouver. 

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Canada 150: Dr. Julio Montaner's AIDS research helped save lives around the world

Providence Health News - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 00:00

To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, we are counting down to Canada Day with profiles of 150 noteworthy British Columbians.

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Overdose prevention worker honoured with award on day sobering death numbers released

Providence Health News - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 00:00

A frontline overdose prevention worker was honoured for her work on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside on the same day the B.C. Coroners Service released numbers on last month's overdose deaths.

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April saw 2nd highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in B.C.

Providence Health News - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 00:00

The B.C. Coroner's Service has released new numbers revealing 136 people died of an overdose in British Columbia last month, a 97.1 per cent increase from April 2016 and the second highest number of fatalities ever recorded in B.C.

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Opioid prescriptions 'drying up,' doctor concerned where patients will turn

Providence Health News - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 00:00

Prescriptions for pain pills in St. John's have become scarce since a rash of overdoses from the deadly opioid fentanyl, says an addictions doctor.

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Canada Figured Out How to Win the Drug War

Providence Health News - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 00:00

On May 12, Lucie Charlebois, Québec’s minister of public health, proudly announced that two centers where people would be able to inject illicit drugs under a nurse’s supervision would soon open in Montreal. “I’m containing my emotions,” Charlebois exclaimed.

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The radical change Vancouver activists say will end the country’s opioid crisis

Providence Health News - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 00:00

Except for a long line at the barbecue, where hungry older folk wait for a free meal, most people have left Oppenheimer Park for the day. But not Jim McLeod, who’s clutching a hot dog wrinkled with the cold, so engrossed in telling me his story that he’s forgotten about his dinner. It’s late February and we’re standing in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the epicentre of Canada’s overdose crisis, talking about harm reduction—two words very much in vogue.

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Opioid crisis: Listen to the big-city mayors

Providence Health News - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 00:00

Canada’s big-city mayors, who see the carnage caused by the opioid crisis on their streets every day, are speaking out. While their political views span a broad spectrum, they have a unified voice, and we owe it to ourselves to listen to them.

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