Tag Archives: Overdose prevention

Campbell River: Illicit drug overdose deaths

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative

A new report from the BC coroners service states that, as of the end of November, there were 153 suspected illicit drug overdose deaths.

The province is on the threshold of setting a new record.

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Vancouver asks for an exemption from Canadian drug laws

By Jen St. Denis, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Vancouver’s council made history this week by asking the federal government for an exemption from Canadian drug laws to decriminalize possession of drugs for personal use.

Council voted on the motion  the same day the BC Coroners Service reported 1,386 people have died so  far this year of an overdose, with deaths increasing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Toronto: supporting our unhoused neighbours campaign

By Sam Dharmasena,  CJRU 1280 AM – Ryerson University’s campus and community multi-media hub, Local Journalism Initiative.

Supporting Our Unhoused Neighbours is a recently-launched fundraising campaign by social venture Building Roots and the volunteers of Encampment Support Network (ESN). CJRU spoke with Building Roots’ outreach coordinator Hannah Backman about their campaign, the interlocking nature of food insecurity and other social disparities, and how they’re responding to the pandemic.

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Vancouver’s first indoor overdose prevention site outside the Eastside

By Moira Wyton, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

People who use drugs and harm reduction advocates were celebrating as Vancouver’s first indoor overdose prevention site outside the Downtown  Eastside was approved in a seven-to-four vote by city council Tuesday.

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Heated exchange over Response to Vancouver’s overdose crisis

By Moira Wyton, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A Vancouver city council meeting Tuesday on a proposed overdose prevention site near upscale condos and apartments in the Yaletown  neighbourhood highlighted deep divides over the response to the deadly  overdose crisis.

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