Author Archives: Chris Richardson

Program targets kids at risk of drug abuse

Scaring kids against using drugs or alcohol, or telling them to “just say no,” is not an effective strategy of preventing the misuse of substances, says one local doctor. Instead, a program identifying youth at high risk of substance misuse has proven to be much more impactful.

Click here for a recent news story on Preventure, which is in its third year in the Vernon school district.


August 31st,2018 7 :00pm to 8:30pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery ,South Plaza/Robson Street

Organizer & Contact name : Tabitha Montgomery
Cell Phone 604 445 9299
Email Address

Facebook IOAD Vigil & Rally, Vancouver Art Gallery Location- Event Page :

Official Internationa lOverdose Awareness Website for all information on IOAD / Aug.31st

This is being organized as a peaceful, visual International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil and Rally.
Honoring the many diverse lives lost to drug overdose and tainted illicit drugs.
Paying respects to surviving loved ones, first responders, and frontline / peers workers. As well as the many different walks of life throughout generations who’ve been deeply affected by ALL drug related issues..
There will be a candle lighting ceremony, a moment of silence .Purple Flowers. Silver Balloons.
Personal Photos of loved ones, mourned. Silver IOAD Pins and Purple Wrist Bands. Flags of Hope
and Purple Ribbons as part of the Purple Ribbon Campaign run by Moms Stop The Harm.

The Rally will have a few guest speakers on Microphone from various corners of our overdose prevention services that include; InSite. The BC Centre on Substance Use and Moms Stop The Harm.
I am personally organizing, facilitating, hosting this Vigil & Rally for the third year in a row.

Media Cover can make a very important difference in getting all of the above highlights out into the public to help shed more light on the darkest realities of the Opioid Crisis; In solidarity of other events doing the same ,happening around the World on August 31st for International Overdose Awareness Day.

All walks of life and media are welcomed to attend!

Substance use costs Canadians $38.4 billion per year: CISUR/CCSA study

The the University of Victoria’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) ​ and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) is pleased to announce the release of a major new study estimating the economic costs and harms associated with substance use in Canada.

The results of the study indicate that the overall economic cost of substance use in Canada in 2014 was $38.4 billion, or approximately $1,100 for every Canadian regardless of age. Legally available psychoactive substances, tobacco and alcohol, contributed over two-thirds of these costs. Between 2007 and 2014, costs associated with opioids and cannabis increased while those associated with cocaine decreased. Productivity losses amounted to 41 percent of the total cost, while healthcare costs were 29 percent and criminal justice costs were 23 percent of the total cost.

The report can be downloaded from the project website, along with a report in short and infographic.

New centre at VGH streamlines care for mental health and substance use clients

Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Coastal Health has opened a new centre to streamline access to mental health and substance use services. The Access and Assessment Centre (AAC) at Vancouver General Hospital will take pressure off emergency departments and provide a central location where clients with mental health and substance use problems can access health care services and information, including an onsite assessment.

The Access and Assessment Centre consolidates a number of existing services under one roof, including Acute Home Based Mental Health Treatment, Mental Health Emergency Services (Car 87/88 partnership with Vancouver Police Department) and Vancouver Adult Mental Health Intake Assessment services. New services include self/family referrals, 24/7 phone & walk-in access, and in-depth screening to recommend the best next step for clients. Having one reception, phone and file for patients will lead to more coordinated service and care.

The AAC is a 24/7 Walk-in clinic and phone service for urgent and non-emergency access to VCH Mental Health and Substance Use services (phones & clinic are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). We provide onsite assessments, phone assessments and clinical outreach to adult (17+) Vancouver residents. No referral or appointment required.

Phone Number: 604.875.8289

Address: 711 West 12th Ave (enter through back lane behind 715 West 12th Ave “Health Centre”).

11’th Annual Family Conference: FROM CRISIS TO HOPE

The Annual Family Conference on Saturday April 23, 2016 in Vancouver is sponsored by Vancouver Coastal Health, the Family Advisory Committee, British Columbia Schizophrenia Society and Mood Disorders Association of BC. For more detailed information on the conference  click here

Keynote Presentations include:
Access & Assessment Centre (AAC): A New Service for Vancouver Residents to Access Mental Health and Substance Use Services in Vancouver
Monica McAlduff (Director, Vancouver Mental Health & Substance Use Acute, Tertiary & Urgent Services); George Scotton (Manager, Vancouver Access & Assessment Centre, ACT & AOT)

Finding Clarity in Chaos: Principles for Developing Health and Recovery
Dr. Diane Fredrikson (Physician Lead, Early Psychosis Intervention Program, VCH)

When Treatments are Inadequate – New Hope for Patients
Dr. Randall F. White (Medical Director, B.C. Psychosis Program, Clinical Assoc. Professor, UBC)

Panel Discussions:
Support for Families in Need

How Families Can Advocate for Improved Mental Health Care

Scientists identify key gene associated with addiction

A new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry by a team led by Salah El Mestikawy, Ph.D., researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal), professor at McGill University and head of research at CNRS INSERM UPMC in Paris, opens the field to new understanding of the molecular mechanism underlying addiction in humans. For more information on this exiting new finding click here