Vancouver home to Canada’s first crackpipe vending machines

Vancouver is the home to Canada’s first-ever crackpipe vending machines, which were installed in the city’s troubled Downtown Eastside in a bid to curb the spread of disease among drug users. Portland Hotel Society’s Drug Users Resource Centre operates two of the machines. They dispense Pyrex crackpipes for just 25 cents. “For us, this was … Continue reading Vancouver home to Canada’s first crackpipe vending machines

Vancouver mayor announces new program to fight drug addiction and crime

Vancouver mayor, Sam Sullivan, appears to be forging ahead with his plan to create drug maintenance programs for drug addicts. The plan is called CAST (Chronic Addiction Substitution Treatment). I’ve posted before on the subject here and here, so I won’t repeat what I’ve already written. I will add, however, that Vancouver built a lot … Continue reading Vancouver mayor announces new program to fight drug addiction and crime

Vancouver mayor proposes ‘revolutionary’ plan for addicts

Vancouver’s Mayor is promoting his plan for stimulant maintenance again and calling it treatment. This is the same guy who suggested that addicts and the public need to get real and accept addiction as a permanent disability, like his experience of having to accept his spinal cord injury and life in a wheel chair. Vancouver … Continue reading Vancouver mayor proposes ‘revolutionary’ plan for addicts

A Complicated Kindness: Vancouver’s Heroin Prescription Trial Raises Research Ethics Concerns

Silly me. I thought that an op-ed exploring ethical concerns related to an experimental heroin maintenance program may raised questions about the lack of accessible abstinence-based treatment, the palliative approach to a treatable condition, the stigmatization of heroin addiction as untreatable, or, maybe even questions of informed consent for a study offer people with a … Continue reading A Complicated Kindness: Vancouver’s Heroin Prescription Trial Raises Research Ethics Concerns

Mayor seeks drug maintenance for drug addicts (Vancouver, BC)

The mayor of Vancouver is calling for a stimulant maintenance program. I’ve heard calls for heroin maintenance programs, but this is the first time I’ve seen a call from a politician for a stimulant maintenance program. Vancouver has a “four pillar” response to their drug problem. It’s good that they are espousing a comprehensive approach … Continue reading Mayor seeks drug maintenance for drug addicts (Vancouver, BC)

Cannabis as an “adjunctive treatment” for MAT patients?

Those harm reduction initiatives are great. I would say ‘keep doing that’. But also give people the opportunity to get well because that mantra of ‘keep them alive, keep them alive’ isn’t good enough. As a person in long-term recovery, I see it as a lack of ambition. It’s disrespectful to assume I am not … Continue reading Cannabis as an “adjunctive treatment” for MAT patients?