addictions

20-year-old Merritt man Darius Sam raised over $100,000 for the Nicola Valley Food Bank after his attempt to run 100 miles in 24 hours gained widespread attention. Sam will be attempting the feat again Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, this time to raise awareness on the topic of addiction. (Contributed)

Merritt man attempts to run 100-miles in 24 hours for addiction awareness

After raising $110,000 for the food bank in his first 100-mile try, Sam is focusing on a new cause

 

Traverse, a new and unique substance abuse treatment residence for youth, is just about ready to open. It was first announced in 2018, and will be the first of its kind in the Fraser Health region. It has 20 beds, recreational areas and a team of health professionals. Aug. 6, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

New treatment centre for addicted youth opening in Chilliwack

Facility ready to support up to 20 youth with substance-use challenges

 

‘We want to help’: As overdose deaths spike, beds lay empty at long-term Surrey rehab centre

‘We want to help’: As overdose deaths spike, beds lay empty at long-term Surrey rehab centre

John Volken Academy searching for ‘students’ to enlist in two-year residential treatment program

 

(The Canadian Press)

B.C. launches 24/7 helpline to connect experts with people with addictions

The helpline will allow clinicians unfamiliar with prescribing safe alternatives to discuss options

(The Canadian Press)
Dakota Johnny says he’s choosing to focus on feelings he can control to help him get through the pandemic. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

British Columbians navigate addiction recovery during the pandemic

Dakota Johnny and Stephen Vickets are residents of Foundation House

Dakota Johnny says he’s choosing to focus on feelings he can control to help him get through the pandemic. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Const. Ian MacDonald and Kiah Ashley run the Abbotsford Police Department’s Project Angel, a program that draws expertise from those with lived experience with addictions and homelessness to help divert those currently living that experience from the criminal justice system.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Touched by an angel: Abbotsford police program connects with drug users

Project Angel seeks to dismantle barriers between cops and users through a more compassionate approach

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Const. Ian MacDonald and Kiah Ashley run the Abbotsford Police Department’s Project Angel, a program that draws expertise from those with lived experience with addictions and homelessness to help divert those currently living that experience from the criminal justice system.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Abbotsford records 13 overdose deaths in Q1 this year

Abbotsford records 13 overdose deaths in Q1 this year

If this rate keeps up, city could see more than 50 people die of overdoses this year

Abbotsford records 13 overdose deaths in Q1 this year
Many teens don’t know that they’re inhaling nicotine while vaping. (File photo)

Many teens don’t know they’re vaping nicotine, Health Canada finds

Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey finds youth unaware of nicotine product risk

Many teens don’t know that they’re inhaling nicotine while vaping. (File photo)
The low-barrier modular housing project on Riverside Road, expected to house upwards of 40 people either off the streets or out of shelters.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

COLUMN: Make positive change for marginalized groups, not despite them

Drug policies have a long history of at best ignoring and at worst targeting vulnerable communities

The low-barrier modular housing project on Riverside Road, expected to house upwards of 40 people either off the streets or out of shelters.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
B.C. cyclist braking stigma on addiction from coast to coast

B.C. cyclist braking stigma on addiction from coast to coast

Mathew Fee aims at world record for longest distance on BMX bike while sharing his story of recovery

B.C. cyclist braking stigma on addiction from coast to coast
National day of action on the overdose crisis coming to Abbotsford

National day of action on the overdose crisis coming to Abbotsford

Drug War Survivors to hold event in Jubilee Park on April 16

National day of action on the overdose crisis coming to Abbotsford
Dr. Evan Wood, executive director at the B.C. Centre on Substance Use, releases a report calling for the regulated sale of heroin at a news conference in Vancouver on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)

End drug prohibition to curb overdose crisis: Abbotsford advocate

Doug Smith with Drug War Survivors says removing criminal aspect would curb the crisis

Dr. Evan Wood, executive director at the B.C. Centre on Substance Use, releases a report calling for the regulated sale of heroin at a news conference in Vancouver on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Peer-based user groups such as Drug War Survivors, which have long advocated against government drug policies, have recently been seen as leaders in harm reduction policy.                                Keri Coles/Black Press file photo

Abbotsford’s Drug War Survivors help fledgling user group in Chilliwack

Peer-based user group recently mentored advocates from Chilliwack, who may kickstart a similar model

Peer-based user groups such as Drug War Survivors, which have long advocated against government drug policies, have recently been seen as leaders in harm reduction policy.                                Keri Coles/Black Press file photo
Overdose deaths drop 23 per cent in Abbotsford

Overdose deaths drop 23 per cent in Abbotsford

Forty suspected overdose deaths in the city in 2018 a significant decrease from 52 in 2017

Overdose deaths drop 23 per cent in Abbotsford
Keri Coles/Black Press file photo

Fraser Health issues overdose alert for Abbotsford

Three-week increase in overdoses attributed to pink/peach- or green-coloured opioid substances

Keri Coles/Black Press file photo
Abbotsford conference a testament to youths’ capacity: organizers

Abbotsford conference a testament to youths’ capacity: organizers

Conference on harm reduction, mental health, foster system and more organized entirely by youth

Abbotsford conference a testament to youths’ capacity: organizers
Abbotsford OAT Centre program co-ordinator Lesley Braithwaite (right) and mental health support worker Jennica Gill say their suboxone/methadone service can stabilize lives to help heal addictions. For some, they say prescription heroin could serve that purpose more effectively.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

No prescription heroin in Abbotsford anytime soon: Fraser Health

Opioid treatment workers say prescription heroin could be more effective than suboxone or methadone

Abbotsford OAT Centre program co-ordinator Lesley Braithwaite (right) and mental health support worker Jennica Gill say their suboxone/methadone service can stabilize lives to help heal addictions. For some, they say prescription heroin could serve that purpose more effectively.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Shayne Williams is executive director of Lookout Emergency Aid Society, which runs the SafePoint supervised consumption site in Surrey and one of two overdose prevention sites in Abbotsford.                                Photo: Amy Reid                                Shayne Williams is executive director of Lookout Emergency Aid Society, which will run the SafePoint supervised consumption site on 135A Street. (Photo: Amy Reid)

No supervised consumption site coming to Abbotsford

Feasibility study by Fraser Health found overdose prevention sites a better fit for Abbotsford

Shayne Williams is executive director of Lookout Emergency Aid Society, which runs the SafePoint supervised consumption site in Surrey and one of two overdose prevention sites in Abbotsford.                                Photo: Amy Reid                                Shayne Williams is executive director of Lookout Emergency Aid Society, which will run the SafePoint supervised consumption site on 135A Street. (Photo: Amy Reid)