Interview with Alex Betsos – Co-Founder, Karmik

What are the story and views behind Karmik’s and our very own wonderful Alex Betsos?

CSSDP UBC Hosts Art Show and Dialogue on the Opioid Crisis

What happened at the recent opioid related exhibition and conference? Our own Stephanie Lake will tell you.

The Rave About Harm Reduction

How is harm reduction incorporated into the local rave culture for safer parties, fun, and raves in general?

The Rave About Harm Reduction

How is harm reduction incorporated into the local rave culture for safer parties, fun, and raves in general?

Harm Reduction for Needle Debris in Lethbridge, Alberta

The Lethbridge Herald reported on the opioid crisis ongoing throughout the country focused on the province of Alberta. There has been a community backlash to the opioid crisis that has led to several deaths in this month alone. There is needle debris....

Eden May Not Survive in Vancouver

The Toronto Star reported on a cannabis dispensary in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. The dispensary runs an opioid substitution program. It works in partnership with the department of psychology at the University of British Columbia. The opiate study...

Peel Health In-Process Data Collection for Opioid Strategy

Mississauga News reported on the Peel Health collecting data for opioid strategy. In the Peel community, the opioid-related deaths continue to rise. It amounts to a common, and more consistent and increasing, narrative throughout the nation. Peel Public...

New UBC Professorship Focuses on Cannabis

The Toronto Star reported on the first professorship in all Canada for researching the role of Cannabis. In particular, the role in the overdose crisis. As the overdose crisis continues to impact individuals, families, and communtiies, and so enter the...

Some Roadblocks to the Harm Reduction Efforts

According to CBC News,  the Kathleen Wynne Ontario government moved with some regulations.  The changes in the regulations will make adult smokers' switch to e-cigarettes more difficult. This will take place on July 1. There will be "roadblocks to the...

Change the Word, Change the Stigma

The use of social media platforms can help reduce the stigma around opioid use based on reportage from CBC News. The Health Department of Nova Scotia continues to work with Health Canada and the province of British Columbia for the creation of a pilot...

A Dollar Store Has Been Selling Fentanyl Testing Kits

According to the Times Colonist, the city of Vancouver will be selling fentanyl test strips. Potentially, these are being sold out of a need to be fulfilled. The need based on the overdose crisis in province of British Columbia. The Overdose Prevention...

An Unsung Hero in the Midst of Windsor

According to a short article from the Windsor Star, one frontline worker – among a class of people for whom I have a great deal of respect – is managing the AIDS Committee of Windsor. Roy Campbell has been on the frontlines of the opioid crisis since 1993....

Harm Reduction on Campuses in Canada

​University Affairs reported that the opioid crisis is across the country. It is in the universities and impacting postsecondary students too. As a result, harm reduction policies continue to gain traction. Canadian universities may have opioid-blocking...

Chat with Professor Gordon Guyatt on National Opioid Guidelines

Professor Gordon Guyatt, MD, MSc, FRCP, OC is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact and Medicine at McMaster University. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. The British...

Canada’s Opioid-Related Deaths Predicted to Rise in 2018

The ongoing death toll from the opioid crisis continues to rack bodies up, fellow Canadian citizens across the spectrum with some vulnerable populations hurt more than others. The Public Health Agency of Canada reported that more than 4,000 people died...

A First-of-Its-Kind Facility for Edmonton Soon

A novel facility will be opening in Edmonton, Alberta. The Royal Alexandra Hospital will open it second supervised consumption site for patients to do hard substances while at the hospital. Of the acute-care hospitals in North America, it is the first of...

Federal Government Eases Access to Methadone

According to VICE News, The federal health minister for Canada made a recent announcement about the measures being made for the easier access to pharmaceutical heroin and methadone. These are treatments for opioid addiction. There is concern about the ways...

Boy Stuck by Needle and Father Starts Petition

One man in Kamloops, British Columbia is working petition on behalf of his son and others for the improvement of needle safety. The father, Jeff Arlitt, was called by his fiancé to find that his son Landon, who is 12-years-old, was pricked by an...

The Globe and Mail on Cannabis Legalization

The Federal Liberal government has made it past the second reading in the Senate. One Tory senator argued that the marijuana legalization bill “doesn’t protect people.” The Globe and Mail editorial continued that the ethical implications of the “wrongness”...

The First Harm Reduction Symposium in Saint John

With the continued increase in the number of deaths due to the opioid epidemic throughout Canada, there are increased calls for proactive and assertive, and evidence-based, measures to deal with it. Those measures tend to be harm reduction methodologies....

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