Mental Health & Substance Use

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Recent Alerts

September 26, 2022
TOXIC DRUGS

Please see the attached document to learn more about the look, contamination…

September 8, 2022
TOXIC DRUGS

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September 8, 2022
TOXIC DRUGS

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Stories@IH

Stories@IH

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Health & Wellness

Talking about suicide - starting the conversation, listening, providing support, and connecting people with help – can be difficult and even scary…

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Health & Wellness

Jodi Cunningham, pharmacist and owner of Medicine Shoppe Vernon It takes a team to combat one public health emergency – let alone two.…

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Community & Culture

More than 9,000 British Columbians have died due to the toxic drug poisoning since 2016 – with 2021 being the worst year on record at 2,224 deaths…

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Health & Wellness

Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital emergency department nurses: Jane Carlton, Tamara Roscoe, Teresa Myers, and Emily Larochelle Opioid use…

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Health & Wellness

On April 14, 2016, the increasing number of opioid overdoses prompted the Province to declare a public health emergency. Six years later, close to…

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Health & Wellness

Like many people who use drugs, Faith turned to illicit opioids to take away pain and hurt. When she realized she wanted to stop using, Opioid…

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Health & Wellness

Housing is both a basic need and a human right. And yet, many people in the Interior Health region are without homes. The reasons behind why…

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Health & Wellness

Members of the Kamloops Integrated Treatment Team are providing a new model of flexible, discreet and person-centred substance use treatment. Left…

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Health & Wellness

Integrated Treatment Teams offer non-judgmental, discreet and flexible substance use treatment and support in your community. Treatment can…

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Health & Wellness

Ellen had never really spoken with anyone about her alcohol use. She credits the day treatment program for providing the safe place she needed to…

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Health & Wellness

The language we use to talk about people with substance use disorders can bring out many negative stereotypes.  Substance use disorders are more…

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Health & Wellness

Matthew first realized he needed help with his alcohol use during his late 20s. He was drinking daily, he says, and recognized that he was using…

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Health & Wellness

Charlotte is proud of her mixed heritage – her ancestors are Cree and Shuswap, as well as Japanese and Irish. As someone who is homeless herself,…

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Health & Wellness

Devon is a peer worker who provides overdose prevention and harm reduction supports to those living in shelters and supportive housing. As someone…

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Health & Wellness

Cheyenne Fath is a youth and peer outreach worker and lived experience educator in Penticton. Through her experiences, she knows first hand how…

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Health & Wellness

Community members who use drugs continue to die from an increasingly toxic and unregulated drug supply. Even occasional users can – and do –…

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Toxic Drugs

Please see the attached document to learn more about the look, contamination, and risk associated with the current drug alert.  View more Toxic…

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Research & Innovation

Addictions medicine lead Dr. Leslie Lappalainen, one of a group of health professionals that have put together the prescribing service. It’s…

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