overdose crisis

A woman walks past a person using a glass pipe to smoke drugs in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on International Overdose Awareness Day on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Researchers in British Columbia say the expansion of overdose prevention sites in Vancouver led to immediate behaviour changes among some drug users as they entered addiction treatment, decreased the number of times they injected substances in public and shared syringes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Open more overdose prevention sites in urban and rural areas across Canada: study

1,524 people died in B.C. from illicit drug toxicity in the first nine months of 2021

 

Shoes are hung on the Burrard Bridge in remembrance of victims of illicit drug overdose deaths on International Overdose Awareness Day, in Vancouver, on Monday, August 31, 2020. With overdose deaths rising across Canada, advocates for drug users are calling for the implementation of a national safe supply program as part of an effort to save lives. Failing to do so, they say, will lead to more deaths from overdoses across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Advocates share fear of worsening overdose crisis in 2021, want national safe supply

Between January and June, 86 per cent of opioid overdose deaths were in British Columbia, Alberta or Ontario

 

A review of overdose prevention sites and supervised consumption sites in Alberta was released by the UCP government Thursday. (File photo by Advocate staff)
A review of overdose prevention sites and supervised consumption sites in Alberta was released by the UCP government Thursday. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Premier Jason Kenney says it’s possible some supervised drug consumption sites could be closed or relocated, in a Jan. 21, 2020 story. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Alberta premier says province may close or relocate some drug consumption sites

CALGARY — Premier Jason Kenney says it’s possible Alberta could close or…

Premier Jason Kenney says it’s possible some supervised drug consumption sites could be closed or relocated, in a Jan. 21, 2020 story. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Transit officer suffers potential drug exposure

Calgary Transit says one of its peace officers was hospitalized after possibly…

Groups propose site for Lethbridge drug users

LETHBRIDGE — A southern Alberta city in the throes of an opioid…

A former fentanyl user named Christie poses for a portrait in Toronto on Thursday, March 30, 2017. At 13, Christie was smoking pot daily. In time, she began dabbling in cocaine. But it wasn’t until she was prescribed Percocet by her dentist following wisdom teeth removal in her early 20s that she began the long spiral downwards into a full-fledged opioid addiction that took over her life. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Opioid crisis worst in western Canada: data

Opioid crisis worst in western Canada: data OTTAWA — New data suggests…

A former fentanyl user named Christie poses for a portrait in Toronto on Thursday, March 30, 2017. At 13, Christie was smoking pot daily. In time, she began dabbling in cocaine. But it wasn’t until she was prescribed Percocet by her dentist following wisdom teeth removal in her early 20s that she began the long spiral downwards into a full-fledged opioid addiction that took over her life. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
A injection kit is seen inside the newly opened Fraser Health supervised consumption site is pictured in Surrey, B.C. Tuesday, June 6, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Safe injection site set to open in Surrey, B.C.

SURREY, B.C. — Drug users will start injecting their own heroin or…

A injection kit is seen inside the newly opened Fraser Health supervised consumption site is pictured in Surrey, B.C. Tuesday, June 6, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Mayors urge federal leadership on opioid crisis

VANCOUVER — Mayors across Canada are calling for federal leadership on the…