overdose crisis

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, meets with B.C. Premier David Eby before an announcement at the Richmond Jewish Day School, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, December 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Trudeau, Eby talk housing , child care, overdose crisis and more during first meeting

Safe consumption forefront of countering the overdose crisis, prime minister says

 

Jordan Williams laid in a hospital bed on life support for many days before his family made the difficult decision to remove the tubes keeping him alive after using drugs reportedly containing fentanyl. (Photo courtesy of Stormy Narcisse)

Family shares grief after son dies from toxic drug poisoning on small town B.C. streets

‘Something needs to be done’ -mother of man, who died this month after using toxic drugs

 

Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson was among the nearly three dozen participants at Saturday’s (Nov. 26) Walk With Me event in Courtenay. Photo by Terry Farrell

B.C.’s mental health minister hopes more people listen to stories of toxic drug crisis

Sheila Malcolmson says listening could change the way people view those impacted

 

Victoria Police Chief Del Manak snaps a selfie with three Victoria High students who were presented with a civic service award on Friday for their actions in helping someone who was overdosing in a school washroom. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Saving lives from B.C.’s overdose crisis, one bathroom at a time

Safer Bathroom Toolkit aims to help organizations make lifesaving changes to their washrooms

Victoria Police Chief Del Manak snaps a selfie with three Victoria High students who were presented with a civic service award on Friday for their actions in helping someone who was overdosing in a school washroom. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
FILE -Dean Anderson holds up a sign before a march on the first National Day of Action to draw attention to the opioid overdose epidemic, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C.’s overdose crisis: drugs, death and denial on the job

A recent survey of construction workers in B.C. found 1 in 3 self-reported problematic substance use

FILE -Dean Anderson holds up a sign before a march on the first National Day of Action to draw attention to the opioid overdose epidemic, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson speaks during a news conference, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. More grim statistics from the BC Coroners Service show the rate of toxic drug deaths has doubled since the province declared a public health emergency in 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

More comprehensive services required to curb B.C. drug deaths, doctor says

‘I hope we see behind those statistics that it’s really human beings who are dying’

B.C. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson speaks during a news conference, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. More grim statistics from the BC Coroners Service show the rate of toxic drug deaths has doubled since the province declared a public health emergency in 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Local governments are asking Victoria to give them a share of a recent settlement with a drug company. (Black Press file photo)

B.C. communities want a slice of $150 million Purdue Pharma Canada settlement

UBCM delegates say drug crisis is chewing up more local resources than they have

Local governments are asking Victoria to give them a share of a recent settlement with a drug company. (Black Press file photo)
University student Chloe Goodison, shown in this handout image, founded a group that provides overdose prevention education to high school students in Coquitlam, B.C., but is expanding the program this fall with hopes that the province will make awareness about overdose from illicit street drugs a mandatory part of the curriculum instead of leaving that decision to individual school districts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

Make overdose education mandatory in B.C. schools amid drug emergency, advocates say

More than 10,000 deaths since B.C. declared toxic drug supply a public health emergency in 2016

University student Chloe Goodison, shown in this handout image, founded a group that provides overdose prevention education to high school students in Coquitlam, B.C., but is expanding the program this fall with hopes that the province will make awareness about overdose from illicit street drugs a mandatory part of the curriculum instead of leaving that decision to individual school districts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
The city of White Rock gathered for a walk around East Beach on Overdose Awareness Day. (Photo courtesy of Christy Fox)

White Rock remembers lives lost to drug crisis on International Day of Overdose Awareness

The community gathered for a walk and to raise money for advocacy groups

The city of White Rock gathered for a walk around East Beach on Overdose Awareness Day. (Photo courtesy of Christy Fox)
Shirley Wilson with her son Jacob, who died of a fentanyl overdose last November.

Abbotsford trustee speaks out about son’s overdose death to help others

Shirley Wilson says her son, Jacob, was ‘more than a statistic’

Shirley Wilson with her son Jacob, who died of a fentanyl overdose last November.
Photos of loved ones outside the Ministry of Health office during an International Overdose Awareness Day event in Victoria. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Pleas for safe drug supply mark International Overdose Awareness Day in B.C. capital

10,000 people have died of toxic drug poisoning in B.C. since 2016

Photos of loved ones outside the Ministry of Health office during an International Overdose Awareness Day event in Victoria. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Kamaljit Jugpal is the executive director of Surrey-based Mukti Society, which co-presents the “Holding Hope” sessions Tuesdays at City Centre Library until Oct. 18. (Submitted photo)

Free ‘Holding Hope’ talks aim to help South Asian families struggling with substance use

Delivered in Punjabi, the project launched Tuesday evening at City Centre Library

Kamaljit Jugpal is the executive director of Surrey-based Mukti Society, which co-presents the “Holding Hope” sessions Tuesdays at City Centre Library until Oct. 18. (Submitted photo)
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Brady’s story: Drug-overdose victim’s dad urges parents to keep doors open to struggling children

The chef, 37, had struggled with drug addiction for 15 years and had fought hard to get off them

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People gathered at Surrey’s Holland Park Wednesday (Aug. 31) for an International Overdose Awareness Day event. (Photo: Anna Burns)

In Surrey, an International Overdose Awareness Day memorial event at Holland Park

‘Bring a picture or write a story about a loved one,’ event organizers urged prior to the event

People gathered at Surrey’s Holland Park Wednesday (Aug. 31) for an International Overdose Awareness Day event. (Photo: Anna Burns)
International Overdose Awareness Day is the last day of August, with advocates reminding the public on resources available to ensure safe-use of drugs. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward photo)

Overdose awareness and resource events set for end of month in White Rock

Tides of Change Community Action Team in the city is hosting the events

International Overdose Awareness Day is the last day of August, with advocates reminding the public on resources available to ensure safe-use of drugs. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward photo)
Toxic drug crisis is affecting B.C.’s population increasingly, leading to calls for safer supply, decriminalization and better support for those suffering. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media photo)

South Surrey counsellors, advocates bring attention to men in trades experiencing substance addiction

Tides of Change created a short film with men sharing their experience in the industry and drug use

Toxic drug crisis is affecting B.C.’s population increasingly, leading to calls for safer supply, decriminalization and better support for those suffering. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media photo)
Carolyn Bennett rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, June 10, 2022. Canada’s minister of mental health and addictions says more doctors across the country should be willing to prescribe a safer supply of drugs instead of fearing they will be investigated by their regulatory colleges.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

More doctors across Canada should prescribe safer drugs to reduce overdoses: minister

Physicians who prescribe pharmaceutical-grade alternatives could better support patients: college

Carolyn Bennett rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, June 10, 2022. Canada’s minister of mental health and addictions says more doctors across the country should be willing to prescribe a safer supply of drugs instead of fearing they will be investigated by their regulatory colleges.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Dean Anderson holds up a sign before a march on the first National Day of Action to draw attention to the opioid overdose epidemic, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C. in 2017. Currently, B.C.’s Select Standing Committee on Health is seeking public input on the crisis. Deadline is Aug. 5. (The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)

Public input sought as committee examines B.C.’s toxic drug crisis

White Rock MLA among 10 members of Standing Committee on Health

Dean Anderson holds up a sign before a march on the first National Day of Action to draw attention to the opioid overdose epidemic, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C. in 2017. Currently, B.C.’s Select Standing Committee on Health is seeking public input on the crisis. Deadline is Aug. 5. (The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)
People hold banners during a march to remember those who died during the overdose crisis on International Overdose Awareness Day in Vancouver on August 31, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck photo)

‘NDP government continues to fail’: Surrey MLA calls for action to toxic drug crisis

Trevor Halford says the toxic drug overdose crisis needs immediate government action

People hold banners during a march to remember those who died during the overdose crisis on International Overdose Awareness Day in Vancouver on August 31, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck photo)
Kathleen Radu, Moms Stop the Harm member, with her late son Morgan Goodridge, who died from carfentanyl poisoning in 2020. (Courtesy of Kathleen Radu)

‘A pit in our stomach’: B.C. moms say threshold of decriminalized drug possession too little

Moms Stop the Harm said all personal use possession needs to be decriminalized

Kathleen Radu, Moms Stop the Harm member, with her late son Morgan Goodridge, who died from carfentanyl poisoning in 2020. (Courtesy of Kathleen Radu)