Late last week Health Canada quietly removed a federal prohibition on prescription heroin. This means hospitals and hospital outreach facilities can once again legally prescribe heroin. Of course, this can only happen, under controlled settings and with special federal permission, for people in chronic pain and for people with chronic illnesses. And prescription heroin is [...]
Very few people are willing to admit they have ever watched the TV franchise The Bachelor / Bachelorette, but it remains one of the most popular shows on cable. The premise is that one person (male or female, depending on the show), is surrounded by a pool of eligible romantic partners whom they try to [...]
Recently the InnerChange Foundation posted its core beliefs (click here). Among these is the belief that British Columbia and Canada need access to more and newer addiction treatment and prevention strategies. And, related to this is a desire for addiction services to be more available and effective for a greater number of those who need [...]
SALOME has already been making a difference in the lives of real people with chronic heroin addictions in Vancouver's Downtown East Side (DTES). The research began in 2009 and the results are significant- not just for the DTES but for the province as a whole.
The Challenge Limited access to primary care, mental health and substance use services, and social services for youth and young adults (YYA) across BC. The Solution BC Integrated Youth Services Initiative (BC-IYSI) is a network of health services to meet the needs of our youth and young adults. The BC-IYSI will support communities to [...]
The Study to Assess Longer-term Opioid Medication Effectiveness (SALOME) is a clinical trial that tests alternative treatments for people with chronic heroin addiction who are not benefitting sufficiently from current known treatments. SALOME compares two similar medications – diacetylmorphine, the active ingredient of heroin, and HDM. This study will also test if those effectively treated [...]