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New report on Vancouver’s illicit drug use epidemic

Drug Situation in Vancouver was released on November 24, 2009 and has generated considerable media attention.

Vancouver hard-drug use up: study
CBC News

Report: Vancouver losing its war on illicit drugs
Report critical of federal funding strategy; recommends more emphasis on harm reduction
Jim Goddard & Mike Hanafin, News 1130

Scoring crack or crystal meth takes just minutes in Vancouver, drug users say
Tiffany Crawford, Vancouver Sun

City’s hard-drug trade thriving
But harm-reduction facilities stem addiction's misery and disease
Suzanne Fournier, The Province

Majority of Vancouver addicts can score drugs in minutes: study
National Post

Crack at your disposal within 10 minutes
Dharm Makwana, 24 Hours

Crack use explodes: Local study
Most addicts score in 10 min.
Jeff Hodson, Metro Vancouver

Doctor says flow of drugs in Vancouver can't be reduced
Crack-smoking room advocate calls for enhanced drug treatment efforts
Mike Howell, Vancouver Courier

Vision noncommittal on crack-smoking room
Mike Howell, Vancouver Courier


New study links crack cocaine smoking to HIV infection

There has been widespread media reaction to the October 2009 publication in the Canadian Medical Association Journal linking crack cocaine smoking to HIV infection and calling for the evaluation of novel public health interventions, including supervised inhalation facilities.

Crack smoking rooms may cut HIV risk: study
CBC News

‘Safe’ crack rooms could cut HIV rate: BC study
CTV News

Safe crack houses urged
BC public health supports strategy to help addicts
Tom Blackwell, National Post

Canada study finds link between smoking crack, HIV
Allan Dowd, Reuters

Increased risk of HIV is associated with crack cocaine smoking
Medical News Today