From the Vancouver Sun: More than 20 temporary supervised injection sites opened in Vancouver, Victoria and across the province and a mobile medical unit was deployed — although medical staff have since been withdrawn — in the Downtown Eastside, all of them kitted out with life-saving naloxone and trained staff. More than 3,000 overdose events have been safely managed … Continue reading Vancouver OD deaths keep rising
I recently stumbled onto this blog post with a very interesting observation about Vancouver, Insite and HIV infection rates. Vancouver has seen a marked decrease in the incidence of AIDS/HIV and those who promote harm reduction sites point to the injection site called Insite as proof of success but they are wrong. The reduction of HIV/AIDS in … Continue reading Vancouver, Insite and HIV infection rates
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
Is this a consequence of Vancouver’s drug policy?: A new survey has found that people between 16 and 25 in this city are more likely to experiment with alcohol and drugs than young people elsewhere in Canada. The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority says it found 54 per cent of young people who were surveyed had … Continue reading Vancouver teens lead in drug and alcohol use
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’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
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
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)
This seems like an easy way to increase the likelyhood that drug users will call 911 if another user ODs. Does anyone know if local police attend 911 calls involving an OD? If so, do they routinely make arrests?
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?