Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

Conference: Drug User Groups and Community Resilience

This day long conference in Abbotsford will help attendees learn about the functions of drug user groups, their outcomes, the evidence behind them, and help plan Abbotsford’s response to the overdose crisis – with a focus on folks with lived experience. What will be explored:  Functions that drug user groups play for drug users, and… Read more »

Substance Use News November 2017

Responding to BC’s Opioid Overdose Epidemic Progress Report The newly established BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions has released an update on the opioid crisis with the October edition of Responding to BC’s Opioid Overdose Epidemic Progress Report. The stats remain grim. While deaths from illegal drugs excluding fentanyl have decreased in 2017, fentanyl… Read more »

As a national champion of human rights and social justice, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network leads the charge on improving social realities for people living with HIV. With HIV as their unifying theme, their work addresses complex issues that include HIV criminalization; drug policy and harm reduction; the needs and rights of people in prisons;… Read more »

I attended the most recent BC Centre for Excellence in HIVAIDS (BCCfE) Antiretroviral update yesterday and left with good information. Presentations covered cancer and HIV; cardiovascular disease risk and management; harm reduction and opioids; PEP guidelines and best practices. Dr. Julio Montaner gave a BCCfE update, including here we stand on publicly funded PrEP, an… Read more »

BCCfE ARV Update Part 1: Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease

I attended the most recent BC Centre for Excellence in HIVAIDS (BCCfE) Antiretroviral update yesterday, and as usual, had lots to think about once the day concluded. Presentations covered cancer and HIV; cardiovascular disease risk and management; harm reduction and opioids; PEP guidelines and best practices. This post summarizes the morning’s information and community takeaways… Read more »

A Public Health Agency of Canada webinar will provide key highlights on the status in Canada of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial use (AMU) in humans and animals from the Canadian Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (CARSS) 2017 annual report along with planned and current efforts to address surveillance gaps. The CARSS-2017 Report provides a snapshot… Read more »

  We find ourselves at a crucial moment in our efforts to reform discriminatory and unjust laws and practices that criminalize people living with HIV. The Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC) has developed a Community Consensus Statement on actions federal, provincial and territorial governments must take to address the overly broad use of… Read more »

Fall Conference Collage

Thank you to all the PAN and community members (established and new) that joined us for the Fall Conference, AGM, and PLHIV Forum last week in Richmond. We will be gathering resources from presenters and sharing them on the conference page so all who attended and those who weren’t able to can view them. In… Read more »

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer of Canada (Dr. Theresa Tam) has released her report on the state of public health in Canada. She chose designing healthy living as the topic for her first report as Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) because of the tremendous potential that changing our built environment has for helping Canadians live… Read more »

Are you a health or social service provider? If so, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is interested in hearing from you about your learning and professional development needs related to sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs), sexual health and harm reduction in Canada. Our online survey should take between 10-15 minutes to complete and… Read more »

PAN Supports the Call for PrEP to be covered by Pharmacare

Updated November 1, 2017: Read the response letter from the Government In early October, PAN submitted a letter to the Premier John Horgan, Minister of Health Adrian Dix, and MLA Spencer Chandra-Herbert. PAN wrote in support of the request for PrEP to be immediately funded by the government of BC, a move initially advocated for… Read more »

BC’s Provincial guidelines for injectable opioid treatments

On October 11, the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) released the province’s first-ever guidelines for prescribing injectable treatments for opioid addiction. Opioid use disorder is “one of the most challenging forms of substance use disorder facing the health care system in British Columbia” says the Executive Summary from the BCCSU. It also identifies fentanyl… Read more »