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Morning Update: SNC developments; Barrick’s takeover plans; Ford’s fundraiser; Oscars predictions; and a pitch for retail heroin sales (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 13:17

B.C. news: Reaction to new auto injury claim rules, plus a pitch for retail heroin sales by the BC Centre on Substance Use.

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Should legal heroin be considered to help fight opioid crisis? (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 13:09

The BC Centre on Substance Use is proposing a policy to sell legally regulated heroin as part of an urgent response to reduce opioid overdose deaths from a toxic drug supply that is profiting organized crime groups.

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New St. Paul's Hospital gets green light from provincial government (New SPH)

Providence Health News - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 12:55

The British Columbia government says the replacement of St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver can move forward, following the launch of a business plan for the $1.9-billion project.

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CBD: Why people are turning to this popular pot product (Dr. M-J Milloy)

Providence Health News - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 12:50

CBD oil, or cannabidiol, comes from the cannabis plant but it doesn’t get you high.

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Sell regulated heroin to drug users to reduce overdose deaths (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 17:55

The B.C. Centre on Substance Use says such clubs will save lives lost to overdoses through heroin tainted by fentanyl, “disrupt” profits for drug dealers from organized crime gangs, eliminate an avenue for money laundering and thereby make housing more affordable.

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Heroin buyers club would 'absolutely help people' in Ottawa (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 14:23

An Ottawa harm reduction worker said that opening a so-called “heroin buyers club,” similar to a model unveiled earlier this week by the B.C. Centre on Substance Use, would “absolutely help people walking through our doors today.”

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B.C. authority on substance use recommends retail heroin sales (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 11:31

British Columbia’s authority on addictions care is recommending allowing regulated retail heroin sales in the province to stanch overdose deaths caused by fentanyl-tainted illicit drugs and to generate funds for addiction treatment services.

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B.C. drug experts recommend legal heroin to combat overdose crisis (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 11:29

Could a legal heroin supply help combat the province’s opioid crisis?

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Vancouver's mayor backs 'idea' of heroin compassion clubs (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 11:07

Vancouver’s mayor is endorsing the ‘idea’ of giving drug addicts a steady supply of heroin, saying he’s all for thinking outside the box when it comes to saving lives.

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Heroin compassion clubs could fight fentanyl ODs (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 10:59

A report released Thursday recommends the urgent implementation of “heroin compassion clubs” and regulated sales to cut down on the number of opioid-related overdoses.

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Vancouver doctors call for ‘heroin compassion clubs’ to reduce overdose deaths (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 10:55

A B.C. organization whose mandate is to develop and help implement new approaches to substance use and addiction has recommended “heroin compassion clubs” be set up in Vancouver and across the province to reduce the mounting number of overdose deaths.

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Report calls for sale of ‘safe’ heroin to ease overdose crisis (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 10:32

Compassion clubs — like those that provided access to cannabis when it was prohibited — should be established to sell safe and regulated heroin to reduce overdose deaths caused by illicit fentanyl, the B.C. Centre for Substance Use said in a report Thursday.

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Drug policy experts call for legal heroin sales to combat overdose crisis (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 10:28

A new report is calling for the “urgent” implementation of legally regulated heroin sales and “heroin compassion clubs” in British Columbia as a way to reduce overdoses linked to fentanyl and make a dent in sales of the drug by organized crime.

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BC group wants regulated heroin to be sold to drug users to curb overdoses (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 10:14

A report released today by the BC Centre for Substance Use (BCCSU) is calling on the province to implement heroin compassion clubs in order to reduce the number of fentanyl-related deaths and impacts of global organized crime.

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BC officials recommend legally regulating heroin sales in BC to combat overdose deaths and organized crime (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 10:04

Overdose deaths in BC have reached epidemic standards. According to the BC government, there were 1,489 suspected drug overdose deaths in BC in 2018 alone. 

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UBC researchers discover how blood vessels protect the brain during inflammation (HLI, SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 10:00

Researchers from the University of British Columbia have discovered how blood vessels protect the brain during inflammation—a finding that could lead to the development of new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as stroke, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.

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'Heroin buyers club' vision unveiled for legal heroin sales in B.C. (Dr. Evan Wood, BCCSU, Crosstown)

Providence Health News - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 16:53

The B.C. Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) has unveiled a vision for how legal heroin sales could take place in the province, as health officials continue to grapple with an unrelenting overdose crisis that kills roughly four people per day.

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Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem (Dr. Evan Wood, BCCSU, Crosstown)

Providence Health News - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 16:46

Legally regulated heroin sales is the next step needed to curb the staggering number of overdose deaths in B.C. – a majority of which were caused by illicit fentanyl, a new report says.

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Report coming Thursday to outline proposal for legally regulated heroin sales (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 08:33

A new report being released Thursday is expected to outline a possible model for legally regulated heroin sales.

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B.C. Budget 2019: Health care spending tops $21 billion a year (New SPH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 09:58

The B.C. Ministry of Health will spend about $21 billion in the 2019/20 fiscal year, $21.5 billion in 2020/21 and $22.1 billion in 2021/22. The 2018/2019 budget was $19.8 billion. Those figures don’t include the $10 million allocated to the Ministry of Mental Health and Additions in each of the next three fiscal periods.

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