Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

PHAC Resources: Monkeypox

  The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is working with provincial and territorial public health partners to investigate cases of monkeypox in Canada. Monkeypox is a viral disease. The virus enters the body through broken skin, the respiratory tract or the mucous membranes (e.g., eyes, nose, or mouth). Monkeypox can affect anyone who is… Read more »

UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board North American Regional Consultation for Indigenous Peoples living with and affected by HIV/AIDS   Aanii! Atelihai! Edlánat’e! Kwe! Sekoh! Tansi! Tawnshi Kiya! Cama-i! Halito! Hau!! Keshhi om a kuwaye! Osiyo! Ṣ ʼap kaij! Sangeriho! Ya’at’eeh!   Please share this widely with Indigenous peoples living with HIV, members of Indigenous key/priority populations… Read more »

The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) has released Stimulant Use Disorder: Practice Update which provides clinical tips and introduces new evidence and approaches relevant for those providing care for individuals who use illicit stimulants. The guidance comprises of two parts: current treatment options and guidance on when trialling prescribed stimulants to reduce overdose risk… Read more »

  The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC) is engaging communities across Canada to improve public understanding of drug policy, promote a public health and human rights-based approach to drugs, and develop momentum for sustained and coordinated efforts to improve responses to harms related to substance use and public policies. To help us reach our goals,… Read more »

  It was big news on May 31st when federal Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Carolyn Bennett, and her provincial counterpart Minister Sheila Malcolmson, announced that BC’s application for an exemption to Section s. 56 (1) of Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act had been approved by Health Canada. The exemption will take effect… Read more »

MEDIA STATEMENT Health Canada’s landmark approval of “decriminalization” for BC raises concerns that many people who use drugs remain criminalized   June 1, 2022 – A growing group of drug policy and human rights organizations across Canada — comprising people who use drugs, health professionals, legal experts, academics, and others — say the Government of… Read more »

Substance Use News, May 2022

Substance Use News provides a monthly collection of news and resources on the social, medical and political responses to the toxic drug supply crisis. Visit our Substance Use and Overdose Response page for more information on advocacy and resources.  Info for People Who Use Substances: get the latest alerts, and tips on how to stay… Read more »

  Overview The International AIDS Conference is the world’s premier platform for marking achievements, celebrating success, and setting strategic directions in the global HIV/AIDS response. The 24th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2022) will be held in Montreal from July 29 – August 2, 2022, organized by the International AIDS Society. A hybrid format will feature… Read more »

Date: Thursday June 16, 2022 Time: 10-11 AM Pacific time Presenter: Theodora B. Consolacion, Ph.D., Epidemiologist, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC Moderator: J. Evin Jones   The next webinar in our PAN Presents series focuses on an epidemiological snap-shot of STI and blood-borne Infections (STBBI) across 5 years. Testing for STBBIs fell in 2020 coinciding with… Read more »

May 13, 2022 The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, MP Minister of Health, Government of Canada House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6   Dear Minister Duclos, On July 29, Canada will open and host the AIDS 2022 conference – bringing the world together to accelerate the global fight to end HIV and AIDS. As you know,… Read more »

  The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC) is a national coalition located at Simon Fraser University that advocates for drug policies based on principles of public health, human rights, and social inclusion. CDPC promotes drug policies informed by the priorities of communities of people who use drugs, ethical research and knowledge-gathering processes, and First Nations, Inuit,… Read more »