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Cannabis co-ops seek to bring small producers, processors into legal market (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:21

British Columbia may be famous for its bud but some say Canada’s new marijuana legalization framework is excluding the small producers with established know-how.

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Providence speeds up dementia care timeline (Jo-Ann Tait, PHC)

Providence Health News - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:35

More details are out about Providence Health Care’s plans to expand care for people with dementia.

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B.C. health officer wants province-wide plan to decriminalize small amounts of illicit drugs (Dr. Evan Wood, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:02

B.C.'s provincial health officer wants to create a province-wide plan where using or possessing small amounts of illicit drugs won’t result in criminal penalties, a move she says is critical in treating addiction as a health issue and reducing stigma that leads to barriers to treatment.

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Cannabis co-ops seek to bring small producers, processors into legal market (Dr. Rielle Capler, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 11:45

British Columbia may be famous for its bud but some say Canada's new marijuana legalization framework is excluding the small producers with established know-how.

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Cannabis growers looking to agricultural business models (Dr. Rielle Capler, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 11:33

Some craft cannabis producers say the process for entering the legal market is too costly and complex, but others are looking to a familiar model from the agricultural world as a solution.

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'Barriers need to be reduced:' Record overdose deaths in 2018 prompt calls for safer supply (Crosstown, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 11:09

Despite increased work to combat B.C.’s public-health emergency, more people died of an overdose in 2018 than any other year on record, leading to calls to make heroin and alternatives available at the doctor’s office.

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Free parking at hospitals brings logistical challenges (PHC)

Providence Health News - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 09:20

A lobby group has gained what it thinks is popular support for its cause to have free parking for visitors and patients at all hospitals in the province.

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Vancouver’s drug overdose crisis gets its own podcast (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Sun, 02/10/2019 - 15:14

This is Garth Mullins’ pay-it-forward moment, though he admits it could all fall apart at the whim of a piece of paper.

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B.C. doctor hopes ‘snot’ transplants will help patients with chronic sinus problems (Dr. Amin Javer, SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 17:11

A Vancouver doctor is hoping an experimental new treatment involving mucus transplants could help his patients with chronic sinus problems.

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New opioid medication will replace daily doses with monthly injection (Dr. Seonaid Nolan, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 17:07

A new form of medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction that replaces daily doses with a monthly injection is expected to be available in Canada this year, and health officials say it could benefit those who struggle with taking medication every day.

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So you want to donate an organ in Vancouver (SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 09:12

Year-over-year statistics suggest more B.C. residents are becoming organ donors than ever before.
 

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Calls ramp up for decriminalized hard drugs as B.C. breaks overdose death annual record (Dr. Evan Wood, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:35

Nearly 1,500 British Columbians died of suspected illicit drug overdose deaths in 2018.

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Canadian Press NewsAlert: Nearly 1,500 die of illicit overdose: B.C. coroner (Dr. Evan Wood, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:26

Despite significant efforts to combat overdose deaths in British Columbia, the provincial coroner says illicit drug overdose deaths increased to 1,489, just over the 2017 death total.

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Drug overdose deaths in B.C. hit record high in 2018 (Dr. Evan Wood, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:24

British Columbia experienced another record year of drug overdose deaths in 2018 with at least one person dying on all but 11 days.

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Amid overdose-death epidemic, a call to legalize drugs (Dr. Evan Wood)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:21

B.C.’s provincial health officer is looking seriously at the “de facto decriminalization” of hard drug use and possession in an effort to curb the province’s deadly overdose crisis.

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B.C. wants federal action after 1,500 deaths from illicit overdoses last year (Dr. Evan Wood, BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:18

British Columbia's mental health and addictions minister has joined health officials to call for a safer drug supply to fight the rising overdose death toll while urging the federal government to open a “courageous conversation” on decriminalization.

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Vancouver program provides 'window of opportunity' to addiction treatment (Dr. Andrew Kestler, ED SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 19:50

A Vancouver emergency department has become the first in Canada to give overdose patients take-away packs of medication aimed at warding off withdrawal symptoms and getting them into treatment to prevent deaths from tainted opioids.

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Robert Hogg: Creeker receives Order of Canada (Dr. Robert Hogg, BC-CfE)

Providence Health News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 17:27

Roberts Creek resident and Simon Fraser University researcher Robert Hogg officially joined the Order of Canada Feb. 1 in an investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall.

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Celebrating heart transplants in BC (Dr. Mustafa Toma, SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 17:14

On this week's On The Coast episode, Gloria Macarenko covers topics, such as: Andrew Scheer, leader of Conservative Party of Canada, Black History Month, Super Bowl controversy, Hobiyee, nuclear treaty, organ transplants, Arkells' singer, hunt for SkyTrain suspect.

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B.C. opioid overdoses still killing four people a day, health officials say (Crosstown)

Providence Health News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 16:58

A staggering 1,489 people died from a drug overdose in B.C. last year.

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