Climate change is seeing more of us with mental health problems and harmful substance use. So we need to start planning now.
Researchers found that most homeless people spent the money they received on rent, food and other living costs.
A police policy of not making arrests for simple possession is a way to essentially decriminalize personal drug use. However, confiscating drugs — even without arrests — can be harmful in many ways.
Most consumables in Canada have quality controls that inform purchasing and consumption decisions. People who use illicit drugs deserve the same. Drug checking provides that harm-reduction service.
Harm reduction is grounded in evidence. But policies, stigma and ignorance about substance use still create barriers in battling Canada’s drug poisoning crisis.
Higher levels of income inequality in youth are associated with increased ‘deaths of despair’ in young Canadians.
Instead of forcing people into substance use treatment, provinces should work with municipalities and health boards to expand life-saving safe use sites and tackle the housing crisis.
Decriminalization helps recharacterize drug addiction as a chronic health condition instead of a criminal activity, reduces the stigma associated with drug use and improves treatment options.
As British Columbia begins a new era in drug policy, the drug poisoning crisis continues without an end in sight.
Loneliness and social isolation are some of the strongest predictors of poor health. But many studies informing Canada’s new alcohol guidelines don’t consider social connection at all.
Supervised consumption sites provide essential community connections and services for those who use them. By closing them, governments are risking the welfare of people who use drugs.
More than 50 overdoses happen in bathrooms every month in British Columbia. Public bathrooms can be made safer for everyone, including people who use substances.
Canada’s new alcohol guidelines cut the number of drinks per week in the ‘low-risk’ category by almost half for women, and by more than half for men. Here’s how researchers came to these conclusions.
Scholars weigh in on the known and unknown about marijuana and its incarnations.
New federally funded mental health help line features easier access and more consistent regulation.
On the surface, sober months like Dry January and Dry February are great. But we need to broaden the discussion around how privilege and policy impact one’s relationship with alcohol and other drugs.