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Black Panther’s Afro-futurism, Early Man’s British humor and Oscar’s short-film hopefuls

Also a weekend of socially conscious documentaries ranging from the arms trade, the harm that high tech gadgets do to Vancouver’s housing crisis

PM to discuss overdose crisis with first responders, health-care workers in B.C.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with first responders and health-care workers in Vancouver today to discuss the illicit drug overdose crisis that has claimed 922 lives in British Columbia...

B.C. drug overdose crisis, deadliest of long career, says health officer

Among the medical diplomas, certificates and degrees on Dr. Perry Kendall's office wall is a framed copy of a newspaper with a headline that screams, "City Doctors Give Okay to Socialized Medicine."...

Town Hall Meeting on fentanyl overdose crisis draws large crowd

A Town Hall Meeting Room at Vancouver’s City Hall filled from front to back for Mayor Gregor Robertson’s public forum on the province’s fentanyl overdose crisis. The meeting was called shortly after...
Protesters march in memory of those who've died from fentanyl-laced drugs.

Canada's move to control fentanyl chemicals not enough to stem crisis: expert

Canada's plans to restrict six chemicals used to make fentanyl will only increase demands for a more dangerous replacement if other steps to stem a national opioid crisis are not taken, a drug-policy...
Insite Supervised Injection Site

Health Canada plans to restrict chemicals used to make fentanyl

Health Canada plans to restrict six chemicals used to make fentanyl as part of Ottawa's attempt to address what it calls the national opioid crisis. Health Minister Jane Philpott says a bill brought...
Insite, Vancouver's supervised injection site

Vancouver's supervised-injection site sees unusually high number of overdoses

Workers at Vancouver's supervised-injection site have been faced with a higher-than-normal number of drug overdoses this week. A spokeswoman with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority says it's unclear...

Doctors 'waking up' to opioid over-prescription problem in Canada: CMPA

The medical profession is waking up to the reality that opioids have been over-prescribed in Canada and is actively searching for solutions, says a national association that represents doctors in...

B.C. wants federal crackdown on fentanyl trafficking to fight health emergency

Premier Christy Clark wants the federal government to restrict access to devices, such as pill presses and tableting machines, and stronger charges against drug traffickers.

Made-in-Canada approach to opioid addiction gets nod from prominent medical journal

The recommendations include discouraging rapid detoxification as a remedy and encouraging the use of overdose-reversing drug naloxone as a first-line treatment, rather than methadone.