Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

Substance Use News: November 2020

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 »

Joint Letter to Minister Hajdu, Federal Minister of Health

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P. Minister of Health Health Canada   November 26th, 2020   Dear Minister Hajdu: We write during challenging times, and we acknowledge COVID-19 and its impact on PHAC and the Ministry of Health – but we cannot lose sight, or ground, in addressing HIV, hepatitis C and other STBBIs. In… Read more »

BC’s Overdose Overview: November 8-14, 2020

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… Read more »

The Digital Sexual Health Initiative (DiSHI) describes themselves as “a group of researchers, program leaders, and policy-makers that have been working together since 2009 on studies about the individual, system and population impact of online and other digital public health interventions[.]” (DiSHI, 2020). DiSHI has shared a new resource – a report sharing preliminary results… Read more »

What is common between World AIDS Day and International Day of Persons with Disabilities? It is not only the month that marks both of these days (December 1 and December 3 respectively). There are also other connections that can be recognized through a social justice and intersectional approaches. An estimated one in five Canadians (or 6.2 million)… Read more »

BC’s Overdose Overview: November 1-7, 2020

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… Read more »

BC’s Overdose Overview: October 25-31, 2020

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… Read more »

In case you missed it, last month the Federal Government has reintroduced legislation to criminalize conversion therapy-related conduct in Canada. From the news release (excerpt): Diversity and inclusion are among Canada’s greatest strengths. Canadians must feel safe in their identities, and free to be their true selves. That is why the Government of Canada is… Read more »

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) Updates

Medical assistance in dying (MAID) is an option that has been legal in Canada since 2016. There are specific situations in which a person can apply for a medically assisted death, and the federal government has recently re-introduced proposed changes to the legislation to reduce some of the barriers that have been identified. In January… Read more »

OD-PREP: OverDose Prevention and Response Essential Practices Knowledge Exchange Series About the Project The Community Action Initiative (CAI), the Public Health Association of BC (PHABC) and the Canadian Mental Health Association – BC Division (CMHA BC), are working in partnership with a peer-led Advisory Committee to increase the documentation of community-based models of overdose prevention… Read more »

Got a Minute for Hepatitis C?

    Do you have lived experience of hepatitis C and live in BC? Your thoughts, feelings, and opinions will help build the future leadership training program: Click here to complete the Hepatitis C Leadership Project survey for people with lived experience   Are you part of a community-based organization, public health agency, health authority,… Read more »

HIV Self-Testing Approved in Canada!

Exciting news! Health Canada has provided final approval of Canada’s first HIV self-test on November 3, 2020. You can read key messages related to this announcement from REACH Nexus here.   This announcement marks a critical step to ending the HIV epidemic in Canada. HIV self-testing is expected to provide greater access to testing as Canadians will now be able to self-administer the HIV test on their own and where they feel most comfortable. This is… Read more »