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Website Connects People to Vital Mental Health and Substance Use Supports

People in British Columbia have access to a new website that will help them easily navigate and connect with mental health and substance use information and supports. “People seeking mental health and substance use supports have told me finding information is hard, and…

The Other Pandemic. Mental Health and the Workplace

With mental health in the workplace being the central theme of our conference this year, we brought in speakers who shared their extensive expertise and practical solutions with our attendees, demonstrating that although the issues of mental health and substance use are significant in…

New Drug-checking Device Helps Save Lives

The Government of B.C. is providing $305,000 for HarmCheck, a drug-checking technology developed at Vancouver Island University.

The technology, called high-throughput paper spray mass spectrometry, provides rapid, sensitive testing as a harm-reduction measure to help reduce illicit drug poisonings.

“HarmCheck is cutting-edge technology developed right here…

B.C. Introduces New Prescribed Safer Supply Policy, a Canadian First

To help save lives by separating more people from the poisoned illicit drug supply, British Columbia is phasing in a new policy to expand access to prescribed safer supply.

B.C. is the first province in Canada to introduce this public-health measure.

As part of the Budget…

Substance Use and the Workplace. Supporting Employers and Employees in the Trades

By Vicky Waldron, Executive Director, Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan (CIRP)
Opioid overdoses and deaths are a public health crisis affecting many working Canadians.

Use of alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, and other substances also causes harm that affect employees, their families, and workplaces.

The impact of the opioid epidemic…