Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

Substance Use News, February 2021

Substance Use News provides a snapshot of news and resources for those working in harm reduction. We share pieces on the social, medical and political responses to the opioid crisis, from advocacy to welcome change. With the added layer of the coronoavirus/COVID-19 public health constraints, those working in harm reduction have heightened concerns about how… Read more »

BC’s Overdose Overview: February 14 – 20, 2021

The BC Weekly Overdose Report provides updates on: Illegal drug overdoses attended by paramedics (BCEHS) Illicit drug toxicity deaths (BCCS defined) Mortality rate maps by Health Services Delivery Area (HSDA) Severity of ingestion poisoning calls coded in most severe category at time of ambulance dispatch (provincial view) Severity of overdose patient presentation assessed by paramedics using… Read more »

Options for Sexual Health Back in My Day Campaign

Options for Sexual Health has just launched a social media campaign pushing for the provincial government to implement the standards they have set for sexual health education in BC schools. These standards are some of the strongest in the country but there is no follow-up that school districts are meeting the expectations. Purpose: Awareness raising,… Read more »

2021 Indigenous Health Conference

The Indigenous Health Learning Lodge and  the McMaster Indigenous Health Movement are proud to present the 2021 Indigenous Health Conference:   Date: Saturday February 27 Time: 5:30 AM – 1 PM Pacific time   The theme of the conference is centered on combating anti-Indigenous racism through institutional and individual allyship. Conference attendees will hear from… Read more »

BC’s Overdose Overview: February 7- 13, 2021

The BCCDC Overdose Dashboard provides updates on: Illegal drug overdoses attended by paramedics (BCEHS) Illicit drug toxicity deaths (BCCS defined) Mortality rate maps by Health Services Delivery Area (HSDA) Severity of ingestion poisoning calls coded in most severe category at time of ambulance dispatch (provincial view) Severity of overdose patient presentation assessed by paramedics using the… Read more »

Thanks to those who have participated in PAN’s safe supply surveys! In this blog post, we share a few insights we learned from your responses to the 2nd installment of this survey.  As you might recall, PAN’s safe supply survey was first distributed in July – August 2020. Our aim was to gather input on the rollout of the BC Government’s Clinical Guidance… Read more »

PHAC conducted an online COVID-19 survey on delivery of STBBI services in November & December 2020, as part of a series of four national online surveys to gather timely information on the impacts of COVID-19 on sexually transmitted and blood-borne infection (STBBI) services. As we commemorate Sexual and Reproductive Awareness Week (February 8-14, 2021), we… Read more »

BC’s Overdose Overview: January 31- February 6, 2021

The BCCDC Overdose Dashboard provides updates on: Illegal drug overdoses attended by paramedics (BCEHS) Illicit drug toxicity deaths (BCCS defined) Mortality rate maps by Health Services Delivery Area (HSDA) Severity of ingestion poisoning calls coded in most severe category at time of ambulance dispatch (provincial view) Severity of overdose patient presentation assessed by paramedics using the Glasgow… Read more »

Substance Use News provides a snapshot of news and resources for those working in harm reduction. We share pieces on the social, medical and political responses to the opioid crisis, from advocacy to welcome change. With the added layer of the coronoavirus/COVID-19 public health constraints, those working in harm reduction have heightened concerns about how… Read more »

BC’s Overdose Overview: January 24-30, 2021

The BCCDC Overdose Dashboard provides updates on: Illegal drug overdoses attended by paramedics (BCEHS) Illicit drug toxicity deaths (BCCS defined) Mortality rate maps by Health Services Delivery Area (HSDA) Severity of ingestion poisoning calls coded in most severe category at time of ambulance dispatch (provincial view) Severity of overdose patient presentation assessed by paramedics using the Glasgow… Read more »

News Release from Health Canada (Excerpt) Life-saving initiatives will provide pharmaceutical-grade medication as alternative to toxic illegal drug supply during COVID-19 outbreak and beyond February 1, 2021 The overdose crisis continues to be one of the most serious public health crises in Canada’s recent history. Tragically, in many communities, the COVID-19 outbreak is worsening this… Read more »

Substance Use News: January 2021

Substance Use News provides a snapshot of news and resources for those working in harm reduction. We share pieces on the social, medical and political responses to the opioid crisis, from advocacy to welcome change. With the added layer of the coronoavirus/COVID-19 public health constraints, those working in harm reduction have heightened concerns about how… Read more »