overdose crisis

Kathleen McKay learns how to administer naloxone at an event organized by Abbotsford Drug War Survivors on Aug. 31, 2021 to mark International Overdose Awareness Day. (Jessica Peters/ Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford Drug War Survivors gather to remember people who died from opioid overdose

Group says government has to take action and involve drug users in finding solutions

 

An event in Mission today (Aug. 31, 2021) will offer Naloxone training, as part of International Overdose Awareness Day. (Jenna Hauck/The Progress file photo)

Overdose awareness events in Abbotsford and Mission offer remembrance ceremonies

Naloxone training, resources, community walks and more offered to the public

 

Paramedics work to revive someone from an apparent drug overdose on Yale Road near the Chilliwack Law Courts in 2017. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress File)

RCMP and hospital staff warn of bad batch of illicit drugs on Chilliwack streets

CGH sees ‘significant increase’ in serious overdoses on what is known as ‘Welfare Wednesday’

 

Depressed woman in a train

Overdose Prevention Guide shares vital resources close to home

Black Press Media and community partners shine light on opioid epidemic and local response

  • Aug 23, 2021
Depressed woman in a train
Folks take part in a naloxone training session in Chilliwack on June 22, 2021. A similar session is happening on Saturday, July 17 at Salish Park. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Free naloxone training and picnic in Chilliwack park Saturday

Event hosted by Chilliwack Overdose Prevention Society and Moms Stop the Harm

Folks take part in a naloxone training session in Chilliwack on June 22, 2021. A similar session is happening on Saturday, July 17 at Salish Park. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Kim Lloyd, program supervisor with Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) in Chilliwack, shows people how to administer naloxone during a free “friends and family” naloxone training workshop at Chilliwack Health and Housing Centre on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack naloxone training helps friends and family be ‘part of the solution’

Free workshops run throughout June and July for friends, family of opioid users

Kim Lloyd, program supervisor with Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) in Chilliwack, shows people how to administer naloxone during a free “friends and family” naloxone training workshop at Chilliwack Health and Housing Centre on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Demonstrators at the legislature April 14 called on the province to decriminalize drug possession and provide widespread access to regulated safe supply across B.C. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Groups offer more support for Canadian families of drug users who have fatally overdosed

The pandemic has disrupted the usual flow of illicit drugs and more toxic fentanyl-laced substances took their place

Demonstrators at the legislature April 14 called on the province to decriminalize drug possession and provide widespread access to regulated safe supply across B.C. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Vancouver Police Const. Deepak Sood is under review by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. after making comments to a harm reduction advocate Sunday, April 11. (Screen grab)

VIDEO: Vancouver officer convicted of uttering threats under watchdog review again

Const. Deepak Sood was recorded Sunday saying ‘I’ll smack you’ and ‘go back to selling drugs’ to a harm reduction advocate

Vancouver Police Const. Deepak Sood is under review by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. after making comments to a harm reduction advocate Sunday, April 11. (Screen grab)
FILE – People hold signs during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver on Saturday, August 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. to request federal exemption for simple drug possession

Announcement comes on 5-year anniversary of B.C.’s first public health emergency

FILE – People hold signs during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver on Saturday, August 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A woman holds up a sign bearing a photograph of Morgan Goodridge during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver on Saturday, August 15, 2020. The B.C. Coroners Service reported a record number of 175 overdose deaths related to illicit drugs in June. Approximately 5,000 people have died due to illicit-drug overdoses since a public health emergency was declared in 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Former health officials, advocates reflect on anniversary of B.C.’s overdose emergency

The year of the pandemic saw record-high overdose deaths

A woman holds up a sign bearing a photograph of Morgan Goodridge during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver on Saturday, August 15, 2020. The B.C. Coroners Service reported a record number of 175 overdose deaths related to illicit drugs in June. Approximately 5,000 people have died due to illicit-drug overdoses since a public health emergency was declared in 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Supplies like clean needles are available at the Overdose Prevention Society’s safe-injection site. (The Washington Post John Lehmann)

With 1,716 deaths, 2020 deadliest year of overdose crisis in B.C. history

Pandemic exacerbated ongoing dire state of opioid crisis in B.C.

Supplies like clean needles are available at the Overdose Prevention Society’s safe-injection site. (The Washington Post John Lehmann)
Overdose prevention sites have drug checking services and supplies like sterile needles available. (Maple Ridge News file)

Chilliwack council to consider creating special zone to regulate overdose prevention sites

New zone will ensure no one sets up facility here ‘without council and community input,’ says mayor

Overdose prevention sites have drug checking services and supplies like sterile needles available. (Maple Ridge News file)
Iliajah Pidskalny has been riding from Saskatchewan to Vancouver to raise awareness and funds for change in drug policies and mental health help. Having passed through Hope this week, He is pictured here outside of Agassiz on Wednesday and expects to complete his journey to Vancouver on Friday. (Contributed Photo/Iliajah Pidskalny)

Stop the Harm: Saskatchewan cyclist riding for a cause passes through Fraser Valley

Iliajah Pidskalny rides to raise awareness, funds for Canadian drug policy change

Iliajah Pidskalny has been riding from Saskatchewan to Vancouver to raise awareness and funds for change in drug policies and mental health help. Having passed through Hope this week, He is pictured here outside of Agassiz on Wednesday and expects to complete his journey to Vancouver on Friday. (Contributed Photo/Iliajah Pidskalny)
Needles are seen on the ground in Oppenheimer park in Vancouver’s downtown eastside on March 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Federal government provides $15 million for safer drug pilot programs in B.C.

Some addiction doctors have criticized the lack of safer drugs for those experiencing entrenched addiction

Needles are seen on the ground in Oppenheimer park in Vancouver’s downtown eastside on March 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart share a laugh while speaking to the media before sitting down for a meeting at City Hall, in Vancouver, on Friday August 30, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Vancouver mayor, Health Canada to formally discuss drug decriminalization

Kennedy Stewart says he’s encouraged by the federal health minister’s commitment to work with the city

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart share a laugh while speaking to the media before sitting down for a meeting at City Hall, in Vancouver, on Friday August 30, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
A woman injects herself with crack cocaine at a supervised consumption site Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Drug users at greater risk of dying as services scale back in second wave of COVID-19

It pins the blame largely on a lack of supports, a corrupted drug supply

A woman injects herself with crack cocaine at a supervised consumption site Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Fraser Health issued an overdose alert on Jan. 21, 2021 after an increase in overdoses over the past week in Chilliwack associated with a “greeny-blue/turquoise down substance.” (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Fraser Health issues drug overdose alert in Chilliwack

Alert comes after increase in overdoses associated with ‘greeny-blue/turquoise down substance’

Fraser Health issued an overdose alert on Jan. 21, 2021 after an increase in overdoses over the past week in Chilliwack associated with a “greeny-blue/turquoise down substance.” (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Medical personnel wear personal protective equipment to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as they wheel a patient into St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver Monday, November 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Refrigerated morgue truck deployed in Fraser Health: BC Coroners Service

B.C. is dealing with two public health crises

Medical personnel wear personal protective equipment to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as they wheel a patient into St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver Monday, November 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A screen shot from the short documentary, Calling of the Heart, produced in Chilliwack in June 2020 about the overdose crisis. (Calling of the Heart/SSA)

TOP STORIES 2020: Global pandemic could not stop a spike in drug-overdose deaths

In Chilliwack 2020 is on track to be the worst on record for suspected illicit drug overdose deaths

A screen shot from the short documentary, Calling of the Heart, produced in Chilliwack in June 2020 about the overdose crisis. (Calling of the Heart/SSA)
A Good Samaritan who intervened when a woman apparently overdosed in a car at Derby Reach park in Langley on Christmas Day would like to know if she survived. (Langley Advance Times file)

Good Samaritan wants to know if Christmas overdose victim survived

Incident at Langley-area park ‘eye-opening’ rescuer says

A Good Samaritan who intervened when a woman apparently overdosed in a car at Derby Reach park in Langley on Christmas Day would like to know if she survived. (Langley Advance Times file)