Harm Reduction

Have A Life-Saving Talk With Your Teen About Opioids Like Fentanyl

Shelita Dattani | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Parents
Shelita Dattani

As I did, you are likely to experience some eye rolls or even lack of eye contact when you're having the "talk" with your teens about this tough issue. But stay on course and keep a fact-filled conversation going. It's critical for the safety of our kids.

Vaping Laws Keep Less Harmful Option Out Of Canadians' Reach

Derek James From | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada Politics
Derek James From

Every province with vaping legislation treats e-cigarettes as if they are similar in harm to smoking, encouraging the public to think that vaping is not appreciably different than smoking. This misinformation, actual or implied, is especially pernicious when it comes from the government.

Harm Reduction Drug Policies Are Saving Lives

Dr. Julio Montaner | Posted 04.27.2017 | Canada Living
Dr. Julio Montaner

Treatment as Prevention (TasP), pioneered by the BC-CfE and implemented in British Columbia with support of the provincial government, has shown that bringing HIV services to those in need where they are at saves lives, prevents new infections and contributes to health care sustainability.

Governments Hate To Admit The Advantages Of Vaping

Karen Selick | Posted 12.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Karen Selick

Since 2009, Health Canada has taken the position that e-cigarettes containing nicotine are illegal. But out on the streets, Health Canada is simply being ignored. There's a brisk trade in vaping supplies including nicotine. Much of the new legislation might be found unconstitutional if challenged in the courts. Nicotine addicts who still use tobacco as a delivery method are suffering harm to their health that now appears to be quite unnecessary.

Our Drug Policy Shouldn't Be a Criminal Justice Issue

Richard Elliott | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Impact
Richard Elliott

Mandatory minimum sentences for possessing drugs for personal use do not make Canadians safer. They will not improve the health of our economy, the safety of our streets, or the well-being of communities throughout Canada. The inevitable overcrowding of Canadian prisons will not only increase tension and conflict in prisons, but also cost taxpayers billions of dollars.

Want to Keep Marijuana Away From Teenagers? Regulate it

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

As someone who went from a teenager who easily bought cannabis under prohibition to a budtender keeping cannabis out of the hands of teenagers, there is no doubt in my mind that regulation creates real barriers to teen access to cannabis. There is no gatekeeper in the illegal drug market. Drug dealers never check ID. Beyond accessibility, another common misconception is that regulation produces a wealth of brand new cannabis users who are trying the drug simply because it's legal to do so.

Wonder Drug Reverses Overdoses In B.C.

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"That little 0.4 vial is magic. It’s amazing, the turnaround. It saves a life."

Portland Hotel Society Needs Clearer Eyes, Sharper Minds

Candace Plattor | Posted 05.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Candace Plattor

I'm hoping that whoever takes over for the executive director -- and for his other cronies who believe in their own sense of righteous importance and entitlement -- will look again at these programs with clearer eyes and sharper minds. I truly hope we will soon see some positive changes in this long-running DTES agency that has served a lot of needy people.

Alcoholics Taught To Make Booze

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Many extreme alcoholics on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside hardly ever drink beer or wine — instead they drink rubbing alcohol, hair spray, and hand s...

Alcoholics Taught To Make Booze

CBC | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A non-profit agency that provides social services to people living on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside is running a unique program aimed at helping extr...

Abbotsford Could Repeal Controversial Bylaw

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Councillors in a Vancouver-area community where harm-reduction services are prohibited were set to consider a motion Monday evening...

Rob Ford Should Leave His Wife Out of the Discussion

Julie Devaney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Julie Devaney

Leveraging women's bodies became a political sport in Toronto this week. It began with the blurted out defence Rob Ford offered to reports that he sexually harassed a former employee, and sadly continued with Rosie DiManno's Toronto Star article about domestic violence. It's a mistake to focus on these issues.

Addicts Don't Need InSite, They Need Support

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada
Kathryn Marshall

Last week's controversy over Health Canada's funding of a program to give heroin to select addicts is like déjà vu. It's an awful lot like the conflicts the federal government has had with similar drug programs over the years. The Insite supervised injection clinic in Vancouver's renowned Downtown Eastside is the most famous example, where addicts can go to inject heroin under the supervision of nurses. Centres likes these are sometimes called "safe injection" sites, which is truly an oxymoron considering that these harmful drugs are anything but safe.

Toronto's Future: Safe Injection Sites Are a Win-Win

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 11.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

There has been much talk recently about the possibility of a safe injection clinic in Toronto. So our mayor -- surprise, surprise -- is against it. The provincial Liberals -- surprise, surprise -- have been ducking the issue. Since the feds are not on board, the Liberals have an excuse to sidestep rather than do the right thing and speak up (which would jeopardize their share of the redneck vote). Hey, Liberals will be Liberals. History will vindicate these efforts. History will condemn those who oppose these efforts. And, for the purpose of this article: history will not be kind to those who lag, stay on the fence, and do nothing. Toronto cannot afford to make that mistake.

The Harper Government Has no Insite on Canadians With Addictions

Dyanoosh Youssefi | Posted 08.09.2013 | Canada Politics
Dyanoosh Youssefi

Harper's government introduced Bill C-65, a Bill that may make it nearly impossible to build another safe-injection site. The government surely knows that the law may not stand Charter scrutiny. But the Conservatives don't care about that. They will push ahead with the Bill because it makes it sound like they care about (some) Canadians. But in doing so, the Harper government harms not only those with addictions, but all Canadians.

A Public Vote Shouldn't Decide Drug Users' Access to Health Care

Scott E. Bernstein | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Scott E. Bernstein

Imagine if your city government decided to take a public vote to determine whether you and your family members should have access to health care. Based on what the public decides about your mother and her illness, and not what her doctors think, your city government says it will pass a bylaw that prevents her and others in her situation from receiving that treatment in their home community. Preposterous and unreasonable? Absolutely.

Abbotsford Sued Over Drug Access

CBC | Posted 07.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Advocates for needle exchanges are suing the City of Abbotsford, saying the city's bylaw which bans harm reduction centres violates basic human rights...

Don't Slip Up -- Choose the Right Lube For You

Carlen Costa | Posted 04.13.2013 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

One of the best ways to increase your pleasure capacity is to add a little liquid love with lubricant. However, the navigation through the vast sea of anti-chaffing could become easily distracting and overwhelming. Here's my quick guide to the basic rules of lubricant that will help you glide on down to pleasure town with ease.

'It Makes Me Sick When They Say No To Harm Reduction'

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.06.2012 | Canada Politics

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Once a week, Jamie MacDonald walks down a quiet alley in this sprawling community in British Columbia's Fraser Valley, finds a fami...

Report: Toronto, Ottawa Would Benefit From Injection Sites

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.11.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Toronto and Ottawa would benefit from having supervised drug injection facilities, but reaction to the report making that recommendation sug...

Harm Reduction Good, But Private Health Care Bad?

Shaun Francis | Posted 12.11.2011 | Canada
Shaun Francis

Thanks to last Friday's Supreme Court decision, Vancouver's Insite safe injection site is now legal. That's a fascinating development in light of regu...

Who Really Lost At The Supreme Court

David Gratzer | Posted 12.01.2011 | Canada
David Gratzer

Walk around the inner-city of Vancouver, and the painful reality is clear. The parks are still strewn with needles; addicts are still lying on the sidewalks in drug-induced hazes; death is everywhere. I'm hoping to be proven wrong, but I suspect that in a decade, despite Insite's zealous staff working away, the problems will remain.