overdose crisis

Michael Stone, a renowned teacher of yoga and Buddhism, died in 2017 of fentanyl poisoning. (Change.org)

Overdose deaths take time to report due to contributing factors, says Henry

Dr. Bonnie Henry responds to petition calling for overdose deaths to be announced

Michael Stone, a renowned teacher of yoga and Buddhism, died in 2017 of fentanyl poisoning. (Change.org)
Michael Stone, a renowned teacher of yoga and Buddhism, died in 2017 of fentanyl poisoning. (Change.org)

Wife of yogi who overdosed asks B.C.’s top doc to announce drug deaths like COVID fatalities

Carina Stone lost her husband Michael in 2017 to fentanyl poisoning

Michael Stone, a renowned teacher of yoga and Buddhism, died in 2017 of fentanyl poisoning. (Change.org)
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
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
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
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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)
Tara Levis struggled with substance abuse for several years. She is sharing her story as a part of the “We Are Human” project, put on by AIDS Vancouver Island in honour of International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31. Photo contributed

B.C. woman shares her painful experience with opioid addiction

As International Overdose Awareness Day approaches, Tara Levis shares story of multiple overdoses

Tara Levis struggled with substance abuse for several years. She is sharing her story as a part of the “We Are Human” project, put on by AIDS Vancouver Island in honour of International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31. Photo contributed
Judy Darcy, B.C. minister of mental health and addictions. (Black Press files)

B.C. funds more overdose prevention in Indigenous communities

Judy Darcy announces $20 million for opioid intervention, treatment

Judy Darcy, B.C. minister of mental health and addictions. (Black Press files)
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14-year-old girl dies from overdose in Surrey

Surrey RCMP detained one person of interest, but they were later released

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