Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

BC’s Overdose Overview April 18-24, 2021

BC’s weekly overdose dashboard of provincial and regional overdose activity 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… Read more »

Substance Use News, April 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 »

Via BC Civil Liberties Association on April 23, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE VANCOUVER/ (Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories, April 23, 2021 –  Civil Liberties, Indigenous and Community organizations are responding to the Travel Restrictions (COVID-19) Order announced by the BC Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth. The order made under BC’s Emergency Programs Act… Read more »

BC’s Overdose Overview April 11-17, 2021

BC’s weekly overdose dashboard of provincial and regional overdose activity 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) •… Read more »

  April 21, 2021   Premier of BC John Horgan Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General David Eby, Attorney General and Minister responsible for Housing   Subject: Proposed Travel Restrictions in BC and Accompanying Police Enforcement   Dear Premier Horgan, Minister Farnworth and Minister Eby, We are writing to you today on… Read more »

Which provinces are on track to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030? Be the first to see the results of the Progress Toward Viral Hepatitis Elimination In Canada: 2021 Report. For the last several months, the team at Action Hepatitis Canada has been working to produce this report, the first of its kind in Canada. Using… Read more »

BC’s Overdose Overview April 4-10, 2021

Help the BC CDC improve how to present publicly available overdose data. Take the Survey before Sunday April 18.   BC’s weekly overdose dashboard of provincial and regional overdose activity provides updates on: • Illegal drug overdoses attended by paramedics (BCEHS) • Illicit drug toxicity deaths (BCCS defined) • Mortality rate maps by Health Services… Read more »

The CV-19 Indigenous Knowledge Translation Working Group recently published some new COVID-19 Indigenous Resources to promote vaccination in Indigenous communities. The new resources are titled Protect Your Community with COVID-19 Immunity and feature five Indigenous doctors and is a series of six printable posters. Additionally, social media images (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) were also developed… Read more »

As we head into a new fiscal year and welcome the onset of spring, we would like to take a moment to update members and allies on our work in light of the continuing dictates of COVID. On an operational level, PAN’s own programs and services continue to be impacted as both BC and Canada… Read more »

Toolkit for Submissions to the BC Police Act Review

Share your voice! The Legislative Assembly of BC has appointed the Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act and BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) has developed a toolkit for submissions. Excerpt: The Police Act governs policing power in the province. The Legislative Assembly of BC has appointed the Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act… Read more »

Wednesday, April 14 will mark the 5th anniversary of the declaration of the BC Public Health Emergency of overdose and overdose deaths. This anniversary comes on the heels of BC’s deadliest year ever with 1,716 lives lost to Illicit drug overdoses in 2020. With 329 deaths already recorded in January and February, without dramatic changes… Read more »

The Honourable John Horgan, M.L.A. Premier of British Columbia   Dear Premier Horgan: As we near April 14th and the five-year anniversary of the Provincial Medical Health Officer declaring a public health emergency of overdose and overdose deaths, it is a solemn occasion. Over 7000 people have died since the declaration. Last year alone, 1716… Read more »