Research and Information

CanadaLand, February 27, 2018

There’s a well known narrative about the opioid epidemic: pharmaceutical companies and doctors over-prescribed addictive drugs on patients. But there’s an important policy story here too, and we need to talk about it. Featuring longtime opiate user and activist, Garth Mullins, and lawyer, Caitlin Shane.

The Globe and Mail, September 27, 2017
Talking to your children about drugs has never been easy. Now, with the upcoming legalization of cannabis and the proliferation of fentanyl, it's probably never been more important. But how does a parent win their children's trust? How do you even begin?

Rolling Stone Magazine, January 31, 2017
European programs offer medical-grade heroin for users to inject under strict supervision, and it's helping – so why won't it happen in the U.S.?

University of Victoria Centre for Addictions Research of BC, 2017

The goals of a comprehensive overdose response plan is to prevent overdose deaths, promote access to substance use services on demand and strengthen systems responses to promote health equity and social justice.

Canadian Family Physician • Le Médecin de famille canadien | Vol 63: november

Clinical question: Do supervised injection sites (SISs) reduce mortality, hospitalizations, ambulance calls, or disease transmission?

Bottom line: Best evidence from cohort and modeling studies suggests that SISs are associated with lower overdose mortality (88 fewer overdose deaths per 100 000 person-years [PYs]), 67% fewer ambulance calls for treating overdoses, and a decrease in HIV infections. Effects on hospitalizations are unknown.

This guide provides information about the different treatment options that are available in Canada and important questions you should ask when talking to an addiction or healthcare provider or considering a treatment program.