Public Opinion Survey on Youth Addiction Prevention and Overdose

In July 2020, the InnerChange Foundation coordinated a survey to gather opinions from British Columbians about awareness and perceptions about substance use, prevention, and programs targeted for youth. The survey was conducted on a panel generated through random sampling, separated into three age groups: 1) 12-17 years; 2) 18-24 years; 3) 25 years and over. [...]

By |December 8th, 2020|Current, Initiatives, News, Uncategorized|

2020 Vision

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 [...]

By |July 20th, 2020|Current, Initiatives, News|

A Transition for InnerChange

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 [...]

By |July 7th, 2020|News|

Gratitude and Generosity

So much of our dialogue on addictions is deficit-focused.  Today I want to emphasize gratitude.  We've all heard that demonstrating gratitude isn’t just a social nicety- it actually does good things for the physiological and emotional health of the person expressing it.  The same is true of generosity- a recent study found that acts of [...]

By |May 31st, 2017|News|

Wanting the best for our youth

Whether or not we have children of our own, we all have a vested interest in the next generation.  If nothing else, who doesn’t want someone capable running our society when we’re in our 90s and may have less energy to contribute the way we once did?  In short- we all have good reasons for [...]

By |February 28th, 2017|News|

What British Columbians Really Think

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 [...]

By |December 29th, 2016|Advocacy, News|

Engaging with the fentanyl crisis

Why more of us need to engage with the fentanyl crisis- and how we can. Harms from fentanyl in our province continue to mount.  This is a frightening problem.  It doesn't just harm those with heroin and other opioid addictions.  It also impacts casual users of marijuana, cocaine, and other substances, who may buy [...]

By |November 23rd, 2016|News|

How Prescription Heroin Helps Our Healthcare System

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 [...]

By |September 12th, 2016|News, Successes|

What Should Keep British Columbians Up at Night

What keeps you up at night?  For me, it’s the discomfort of neglecting something important but complicated.  When sleep won’t turn off the thought, I write it down, and place it somewhere prominent.  Perhaps it’s a post-it note on the bathroom mirror facing me when I brush my teeth the next morning.  It reminds me [...]

By |August 30th, 2016|News|

How InnerChange Could Help You Get a Rose

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 [...]

By |August 24th, 2016|Current, Initiatives, News|