In 2020, the InnerChange Foundation is focused on an especially critical challenge: To reduce the risks of problematic substance use for youth. There is an alarmingly high level of overdose deaths among youth in BC, with approximately 20% of overdose cases occurring in youth and young adults under 30. Moreover, fatalities among youth under 18 [...]
We announce a change in leadership as Marco Romero stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Marco has served as our Board Chair for 5 years with heartfelt passion for our mandate, finesse in his leadership and his business acumen, securing major funding for our innovative projects during his tenure. Marco will be [...]
Our Board, staff and advisors all appreciate how important -and difficult- it is to talk about addictions. It is important because it impacts so many of us, directly, or indirectly. And it is difficult because there are many opinions on the topic. Elected officials must consider these opinions when making crucial decisions. We are in [...]
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 [...]
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 Board of Directors of the InnerChange Foundation announces an executive leadership change. For personal reasons, Ms. Edoye Porbeni will be stepping down from the position of Executive Director at InnerChange, effective June 30, 2016. Edoye will be replaced by Dr. Laura Tate, effective June 15th, 2016, to allow for an effective transition. During [...]
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 [...]