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People who use drugs demand a say in fentanyl overdose responses

February 27th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on People who use drugs demand a say in fentanyl overdose responses)

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picture 740pfr-banner-post-1“There’s a common public misconception that we are unable to make decisions for ourselves. Truth being we are excluded from even participating in policy decisions that determine our fates”

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Nanaimo demonstration and march part of National Day of Action on overdose crisis

February 26th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Nanaimo demonstration and march part of National Day of Action on overdose crisis)

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picture 739pfr-banner-post-1Concerned citizens march in Nanaimo on February 21, 2017, in solidarity with cities across Canada struggling with effective responses to the growing opioid overdose crisis

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Young mom confronts risks and taboos of synthetic opioid in new memoir

January 18th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Young mom confronts risks and taboos of synthetic opioid in new memoir)

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pfr-banner-post-1Amid headlines of overdoses and galloping addiction rates, Carlyn Zwarenstein’s memoir is an outspoken and provocative dispatch from the New Age of Opium

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Why is everyone talking about painkillers, but not about pain?

January 18th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Why is everyone talking about painkillers, but not about pain?)

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pfr-banner-post-1Brock University professor Dan Malleck says that while concern about addictive painkillers is strong, concern about the broader social causes of pain should be even stronger

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Overcoming barriers to accessing methamphetamine treatment

September 9th, 2016 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Overcoming barriers to accessing methamphetamine treatment)

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banner pfrTreatment programs have been effective in reducing and ceasing use. However, there are a range of possible barriers that have prevented these programs being widely adopted by methamphetamine users

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VIMHS executive director Barnabas Walther focuses on the future at annual meeting

June 26th, 2016 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on VIMHS executive director Barnabas Walther focuses on the future at annual meeting)

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picture 700banner pfrVancouver Island Mental Health Society has seen significant change over the past two years, and the organization expects new programming will be added in the near future

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