First Nations Conference in Vancouver, BC

First Nations Conference in Vancouver, BC

T​he first First Nations mental health and wellness conference will be taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mental health and substance abuse are major issues for the First Nations Community within Canada. Elders, educators, well as community leaders and care...
Karmik is Here to Help with Nightlife

Karmik is Here to Help with Nightlife

British Columbia harm reduction organizations are hoping to improve the safety of nightlife in Victoria, ​ British Columbia. Organizations such as Karmik. ​ The new chapter will be ​in Victoria, ​British Columbia. T​here will be provisions of drug checking services,...
Mothers Gather as a Force for Harm Reduction

Mothers Gather as a Force for Harm Reduction

You go about daily life, wander from the kitchen to grab coffee, and back to the fridge for some foodstuffs to make the sandwich for your son’s lunch before he heads off to school. He is in grade 12, but having troubles. Communication, though good in the past, has...
Needles Potentially Placed Deliberately in Victoria, BC

Needles Potentially Placed Deliberately in Victoria, BC

One Victoria Island Health official speculated on the potential of sabotage by opponents of harm reductions based on reportage by the Victoria, British Columbia police of an increase in the quantity of discarded syringes (Britten, 2018; CBC News, 2018a). This did have...
Bundale on the Upcoming Market for Cannabis

Bundale on the Upcoming Market for Cannabis

Brett Bundale talked about the end of cannbis prohibition in the Hamilton Spectator (2017). He proposes the thought experiment that the new providers for cannabis, the seller, will have outlets that are “very chic, very modern” with a clean look to them. Only 6 or 7...
Safe Needles for Southeastern Manitoba

Safe Needles for Southeastern Manitoba

Southeast Manitoba has been encouraging some of its injection drug users to take advantage of a new program developed to reduce the risk to their health and wellness, which appears to be based on harm reduction principles (MacLean, 2017). The free needle exchange...
Harm Reduction Helps Indigenous Populations in Saskatchewan

Harm Reduction Helps Indigenous Populations in Saskatchewan

Erin Petrow of the Saskatoon Starphoenix wrote on Indigenous communities within Saskatchewan showing signs of improvement with harm reduction practices implemented inside of the community (2017). Dr. Ibrahim Khan, the chief medical health officer for Health Canada’s...
Travis Lupick Speaks to Decriminalization and Legalization

Travis Lupick Speaks to Decriminalization and Legalization

Travis Lupick in the The Globe and Mail argued that decriminalization of some drugs does not go far enough. On Vancouver Island, construction workers completed a safety class. There weren’t ‘instructions on steel toed boots for proper lifting.’ Rather, it was on...
CCSA Hosts 7th Harm Reduction Conference

CCSA Hosts 7th Harm Reduction Conference

One of the largest harm reduction conferences is being held, recently. It was in Calgary, Alberta. This is the seventh conference devoted to issues and concerns around substance use and addiction. It is being hosted by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA).

Fentanyl Positive Sample Tests Increase 2,000%

Fentanyl Positive Sample Tests Increase 2,000%

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen There has been a surprising increase in the number of positive tests for fentanyl in samples of heroin, which have been seized by the law enforcement agencies throughout the country. It was less than 1% in...
Abuse of Opioids Does Not Discriminate

Abuse of Opioids Does Not Discriminate

Image Credit: Flickr. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Jesse Stein from The Link wrote about the hard lessons from overdoses (Stein, 2017). Amélie Goyette, who has worked at CACTUS for 13 years (a harm reduction service), described the learned lesson. The lesson that...
New Device to be Piloted in British Columbia

New Device to be Piloted in British Columbia

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen In the midst of the opioid crisis in British Columbia, and arguably across Canada, Vancouver is testing a first-of-its-kind drug examination device. The drug testing device may help in the reduction of opioid...
Red Zones Block Harm Reduction Service Access

Red Zones Block Harm Reduction Service Access

Image Credit: Pexels. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Henry Tran, a Contributor to Simon Fraser University’s The Peak, reported that a new study found the bail conditions on alleged offenders including substance users can prevent overall access in Downtown Eastside...
The Public Have Concerns About Discarded Needles

The Public Have Concerns About Discarded Needles

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Harm reduction continues to grow throughout Canada. With this, there is the provision of Naloxone kits, harm reduction trailers and sites, as well as clean needles for injection drug users. But there have been...
Harm Reduction Trailer Approved for Murray Street

Harm Reduction Trailer Approved for Murray Street

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Health Canada approved the supervised injection site in Ottawa, recently. CBC News reported that the trailer was approved for the Shepherd’s of Hope in Byward Market (Trinh, 2017). This nearly another...
Harm Reduction Tent No Longer Usable in Moss Park

Harm Reduction Tent No Longer Usable in Moss Park

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen A, technically, illegal overdose prevention site in the Moss Park of Toronto halted use of a its heated medical tent (Giovannetti, 2017). The heated medical tent was provided by the provincial government, or...
Overdoses in Abbotsford

Overdoses in Abbotsford

Canadian citizens have been losing family members, friends, colleagues, and fellow Canadians to the ongoing opioid crisis (CBC Radio, 2017).

Ottawa Vending Machines, Success Plus Concern

Ottawa Vending Machines, Success Plus Concern

Image Credit: Wikipedia. By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Ottawa’s program for harm reduction, which is a pilot, for needle and pipe vending machines as well as safe injection sites has been a success while make one resident feel unsafe in the neighbourhood now. There...
Toronto Board of Health Considering New Measures

Toronto Board of Health Considering New Measures

The Toronto Board of Health is considering a set of measures in order to push back against the crisis of overdoses. There was a plea from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne for immediate declaration of a health emergency in the public.