‘People are going to die’: A city ravaged by the opioid crisis waits anxiously for overdose prevention site

The rate of overdose deaths in Thunder Bay, Ont., is double the provincial average. Health workers are trying to stem the devastation by giving drug users a supervised place to inject, with addiction help available a flight of stairs away.

Instagram will show a ‘get support’ pop-up when you search for opioid hashtags

Shutterstock On Wednesday, Instagram rolled out a new “get support” pop-up for users who search for opioid or other drug hashtags. Tapping on the pop-up’s menu takes you to an Instagram help page with more resources and support. The new pop-up launched in the U.S. on Wednesday, and Instagram plans to roll it out globally […]

Mega-rich family behind opioid crisis has second, secret opioid company

Enlarge / Bottles of Purdue Pharma L.P. OxyContin medication sit on a pharmacy shelf in Provo, Utah, US, on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) The Sackler family—the ultra-wealthy family that made billions from illegally marketed opioids and the group largely blamed for sparking and fueling the devastating, $ 504 billion-per-year epidemic of […]

B.C. First Nations Health Authority secures $2.5M for research into harm reduction for opioid use

The B.C. First Nations Health Authority has secured a $ 2.5 million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to identify promising models for harm reduction services for opioid use in First Nations communities across the province.