Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

Practical Drug Decriminalization in British Columbia

Earlier this week, Pivot Legal Society released a letter and position paper to friends and supporters regarding drug decriminalization in BC. Excerpt, letter to supporters:  Saturday, August 31, marked International Overdose Awareness Day: a day of mourning on which we recognize the grief and loss felt by communities impacted by overdose and the War on… Read more »

Via the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network    We’re facing a crisis. And our response will determine life or death for some of our friends, family, colleagues and community members. The overdose crisis, fueled by a contaminated drug supply, is killing at an alarming rate.  In the past four years, more than 11,500 people have died. And… Read more »

Substance Use News August 2019

  Substance Use News provides a snapshot of news and resources for those working to support folks who use substances. We share pieces on the social, medical and political responses to the opioid crisis, from advocacy to welcome change. See our Drug Use and Overdose Response page for resources on overdose services, team resilience, governmental reports,… Read more »

HIV Self-Testing Clinical Trial

Dr. Sean Rourke works with the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. He is hoping his work on HIV self-testing kits will soon make them available to all Canadians. Video courtesy YouTube   Learn more HIV self-tests haven’t been approved in Canada but researchers want to change that

Community Forum with Timothy Ray Brown

Join Positive Living BC for their next Community Forum  From Positive Living BC’s newsletter:  Presenter: Timothy Ray Brown “My Continued Activism Toward an HIV Cure, with an introduction by Zabrina Brumme, PhD BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS “Timothy Brown: The science behind the world’s first HIV cure.” Date: Thursday, September 5th, 2019 Time:  6:30… Read more »

Update: Prison Needle Exchange Programs

Last month we endorsed the statement calling on the federal government to fix fundamental flaws in the Correctional Service of Canada’s “Prison Needle Exchange Program.” We’ve received a thank you from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Exchange, along with some additional information.   Saturday, August 10, was Prisoners’ Justice Day, and marked the release of this… Read more »

Updated August 26, 2019 PAN has been part of a national conversation with multiple partners including COCQ-SIDA, the Ontario AIDS Network, the Alberta Community Council on HIV in Alberta, and others, regarding Canada’s role in resourcing for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. We were pleased to see the announcement that Canada… Read more »

STBBI Needs Assessment with Healthcare Providers

Earlier this summer the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) conducted a needs assessment survey on STBBI guidelines with P/T programs. PHAC is conducting a second needs assessment on STBBI guidelines with healthcare providers (e.g., nurses, nurse practitioners, or physicians) who provide direct STBBI care. The objective of this survey is to ensure that STBBI… Read more »

HIV Criminalization – Update

A quick summer update on the HIV criminalization front… BC’s Prosecutorial Guidelines As previously reported, on April 16th, 2019, BC Prosecution Services issued revised prosecutorial guidelines (the revised “Sex 2” policy). Encouragingly, the guidelines state clearly that there will be no prosecution for suppressed viral load (i.e., under 200 copies/ml) for at least 4 months;… Read more »

Substance Use News July 2019

  Substance Use News provides a snapshot of news and resources for those working to support folks who use substances. We share pieces on the social, medical and political responses to the opioid crisis, from advocacy to welcome change. See our Drug Use and Overdose Response page for resources on overdose services, team resilience, governmental reports,… Read more »

Vancouver Coastal Health’s Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Patricial Daly, has released a new report: Response to the Opioid Overdose Crisis in Vancouver Coastal Health. It looks at harm reduction, improving treatment, and strategies for supportive environments. It begins,  “Substance use disorder is a chronic, relapsing condition, requiring a comprehensive system of care that identifies… Read more »