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Belcarra: Mayoral candidates talk governance (Dr. Colm Cole, SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 15:28

Neil Belenkie, Colm Cole and Jamie Ross are vying for Mayor Ralph Drew's chair; Drew is retiring on October 20.

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Safe injection sites a possible solution to curb illicit drug deaths in Prince George (Dr. Evan Wood, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 00:00

A Director of the BC Centre for Substance Abuse says Safe Injection Sites in places like Prince George could be one way to curb the number of overdose deaths.

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St. Paul's Lights of Hope 2018 (SPH)

Providence Health News - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 00:00

One of the city’s largest fundraising events is returning with another jam-packed evening.

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Drug users should be paid for their expertise in overdose crisis, B.C. report says (VCH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 15:08

Drug users are often the first responders to an overdose and should be paid fairly for their contributions to research, service delivery and overdose prevention activities, says a report.

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B.C.’s breast-milk bank calls for donations as demand outpaces supply (VCH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 15:03

When Lauren Mathany’s twin girls were born at only 24 weeks, each weighing under 1.5 pounds, the tiny babies were in need of milk — but recovering from surgery, Mathany was unable to breastfeed. Instead, twins girls Isla and Hazel received donated breast milk from the province’s milk bank.

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Families affected by opioid crisis need more support, Alberta prof says (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 14:59

Leslie McBain's 25-year-old son, Jordan, died from an opioid overdose in 2014. There's so much that she knows now that she wishes she had known then. 

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Pay drug users for their knowledge (VCH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 11:01

Drug users are often the first responders to an overdose and should be paid fairly for their contributions to research, service delivery and overdose prevention activities, says a report.

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Vancouver mayoral candidates square off in a debate (New St. Paul's)

Providence Health News - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 12:54

There are less than three weeks until people head to the polls in the next municipal election.

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Could decriminalization be the answer to B.C.’s overdose crisis (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 00:00

Jordan McBain Miller was just 25 when he died in 2014. The young man from Pender Island, B.C. had recently started his own business installing wood stoves. He injured his back while working and was prescribed oxycodone for the pain.

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NDP dragging its feet in opioid crisis response: Liberals (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 00:00

The BC NDP government’s delays in providing a greater range of addiction recovery options in the face of the overdose crisis are putting lives at risk, the BC Liberal opposition critic for mental health and addictions said October 2. 

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Western professor helps in development of HIV cure (BC-CfE)

Providence Health News - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 00:00

Dr. Art Poon, assistant professor at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, in partnership with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, has developed a new method for dating hibernating HIV strains within infected persons: an important step towards the development of an effective HIV cure.

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Best of Vancouver 2018: Activities & Events (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Providence Health News - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 00:00

Best way to learn about high achievers in Vancouver’s Latin American community:

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A reason for hope in the coroner's analysis of overdose deaths (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00

Buried within a tragic litany of data describing the dead, there is a grain of hope in the coroner’s analysis of 872 investigations into British Columbia’s illicit drug overdose deathsduring 2016 and 2017.

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App to help families plan loved ones’ care launches on National Seniors Day

Providence Health News - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00

A mobile app that helps families manage the care of seniors living at home is being unveiled today (Oct. 1), National Seniors Day, at a launch event at Surrey’s Innovation Boulevard.

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In Canada, some doctors are prescribing heroin to treat heroin addiction (Dr. Scott MacDonald, Crosstown Clinic)

Providence Health News - Sat, 09/29/2018 - 00:00

Every day, Brent Olson travels some 20 minutes by train into Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighborhood. He has a degenerative hip disorder and uses a walker to get around. But there’s no way he’d miss this clinic appointment.

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How B.C. educators can play a role in addressing the opioid overdose crisis (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Sat, 09/29/2018 - 00:00

Drug overdoses have killed 972 people in B.C. so far this year, according to the most recent statistics.

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On the front lines of B.C.'s overdose epidemic (VCH)

Providence Health News - Sat, 09/29/2018 - 00:00

A man lies motionless on the cold, wet pavement in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Outreach volunteers are crowded over him.

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Vancouver study finds barriers for women at overdose prevention sites (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Sat, 09/29/2018 - 00:00

A new study on overdose prevention sites in Vancouver has found that women can face gendered or racialized barriers to accessing the sites.

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