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Study calls on urgent need to improve treatment of severe alcohol withdrawal (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 00:00

The director of the B.C. Centre on Substance Use says a simple screening questionnaire can properly assess patients’ symptoms to help treat severe alcohol withdrawal.

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Improve severe alcohol withdrawal treatment by training doctors: B.C. study (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 00:00

There’s an urgent need to improve the treatment of severe alcohol withdrawal because too many patients are being admitted to hospital when they could be managed through outpatient services or by family doctors, says the lead author of a new study.

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Urgent need for improved treatment of alcohol withdrawal: B.C. study (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 00:00

The B.C. Centre on Substance Use says there's an urgent need to improve the treatment of severe alcohol withdrawal because too many patients are being admitted to hospital when they could be managed with outpatient services.

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Study finds fentanyl in nearly all heroin sold in Vancouver (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 00:00

A recent study led by the B.C. Centre on Substance Abuse (BCCSU) has revealed that nearly all substances labeled as heroin sold in Vancouver contain the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl.

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International Overdose Awareness Day Stands On The Shoulders Of Harm Reduction (VCH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 10:56

Maybe you’re an honour roll student with dreams of writing a classic novel. Maybe you’re a professional athlete. Maybe you’re a parent. When it comes to addiction, who you are doesn’t matter – addiction does not discriminate. 

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St. Paul’s hospital pushes for change in approach to addiction treatment (Seonaid Nolan)

Providence Health News - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 11:54

Physicians and staff at Vancouver’s century-old St. Paul’s hospital are pushing for changes in how addiction is understood, both in the medical community and in the city writ large.

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Air in Metro Vancouver starts to be cooler, fresher (Dr. Don Sin)

Providence Health News - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 00:00

The ‘transition’ to cleaner air in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley started even though the air quality in those areas remained to be “quite poor” due to wildfire smoke, according to a Global News report on Thursday, August 23.

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Legal Pot Will Mean a Boom in Canadian Cannabis Research (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 00:00

For decades in Canada, cannabis has been a controlled substance in the eyes of the government and as tough for legitimate scientists to obtain as other illegal drugs.

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International Overdose Awareness Day 2018 will see Vancouver call for steps beyond harm reduction (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 00:00

Five years into an epidemic of drug-overdose deaths that shows no sign of abating, Tabitha Montgomery concedes that advocates like her are frustrated.

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