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Forced treatment for addiction can can undermine trust and leave youth at risk of overdosing, B.C. researchers warn (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 11:08

Several times during my reporting on B.C.'s opioid epidemic, parents have told me that they would forcibly restrain their child if they thought it could save them from a fatal overdose.

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How undocumented construction workers in B.C. put their health at risk (PHC)

Providence Health News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:20

The housing crisis in B.C. is acute, the construction industry is booming, and the demand for workers has gone through the roof. Illegal foreign workers are filling the shortage of labour positions across the province.

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Vancouver Coastal Health buys two new drug-checking machines to reduce opioid overdoses (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:14

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has added two new drug-checking machines to its arsenal, in a bid to lower the death toll of the opioid overdose crisis.

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How long should police officers abstain from pot? Depends whom you ask (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:10

Twenty-eight days. That’s how long members of the RCMP and Toronto police have been ordered to abstain from smoking or vaping recreational pot before reporting for duty. Calgary police officers won’t be allowed to use cannabis at all while off the job.

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Two new $50,000 drug testing machines deployed in Vancouver (SPH)

Providence Health News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:02

Daniel Beaverstock produces two tiny morsels of 'down' he bought on the street in the Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. He hands the first sample of drugs to Jeremy Kalicum, who operates the new Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrometer at the Molson Overdose Prevention site on East Hastings Street.

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Vancouver Island records highest rate of assisted death in Canada

Providence Health News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 13:40

The rate of medically assisted deaths on Vancouver Island is about five times higher than in the rest of Canada, a new report from Island Health shows.

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CapsoVision Announces Distribution Partnership With PENTAX Canada (SPH)

Providence Health News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:43

Silicon Valley medical device innovator CapsoVision, Inc. announced a distribution partnership with PENTAX Canada, Inc. to sell the CapsoCam Plus® System. This is the only capsule endoscope that includes four cameras and offers 360° panoramic lateral imaging of the small bowel. CapsoCam Plus® is also distributed by PENTAX Medical Company in the USA.

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Providence Health Care, St. Paul’s Foundation, and Mitacs partner to advance health care for BC (PHC)

Providence Health News - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:20

Mitacs and Providence Health Care, with support from St. Paul’s Foundation, are partnering to foster innovation in research and technology for the benefit of health care in BC in support of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor.

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David Chen: Why the viaducts should stay (SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:12

In this election, many people have taken stances on both sides of this debate, but few have grounded reasons nor solutions to address some of the safety concerns regarding our infamous viaducts.

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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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