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Having a Naloxone kit on hand is one way to reduce risk from drug poisoning and overdoses. Record file photo

Island Health issues drug warning for Comox Valley

Advisory runs to Aug. 9 and is a response to increased poisoning, ODs

  • Aug 5, 2022

 

Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns, the NDP’s critic for mental health and harm reduction, is pictured in Ottawa with members of the Mom’s Stop the Harm advocacy group. Photo supplied

Courtenay-Alberni MP vows to keep fighting, despite bill rejection

Bill C-216 aimed to legislate health-based approach to substance use

 

Evidence bags containing fentanyl are displayed during a news conference at Surrey RCMP Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. The federal government is set to make what it's calling an "important announcement" with the British Columbia government on the overdose crisis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada to make ‘important announcement’ with B.C. on overdose crisis

Public health approach focused on reducing harms and saving lives to be revealed

 

University of Victoria chemistry professor Dennis Hore, co-leader of the Substance drug checking project, stands beside equipment that performs the vital work of determining a drug sample’s precise ingredients. The machines are expensive, but the team is working to develop lower-cost versions for distribution elsewhere. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Changes in illicit drug supply offer challenges for Vancouver Island researchers

Its storefront open a year, UVic’s Substance project looks to scale up services

University of Victoria chemistry professor Dennis Hore, co-leader of the Substance drug checking project, stands beside equipment that performs the vital work of determining a drug sample’s precise ingredients. The machines are expensive, but the team is working to develop lower-cost versions for distribution elsewhere. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Police in Nanaimo found drugs, replica firearms, cash and drug paraphernalia when they pulled over a vehicle Jan. 19. (Photo submitted)
Police in Nanaimo found drugs, replica firearms, cash and drug paraphernalia when they pulled over a vehicle Jan. 19. (Photo submitted)
Comox Mayor Russ Arnott and Cumberland Coun. Vickey Brown are pictured during the Walk With Me exercise in Courtenay, Nov. 28. Scott Stanfield photo

Comox Valley Art Gallery exercise tackles toxic drug crisis

A number of Comox Valley politicians took part in a exercise that…

Comox Mayor Russ Arnott and Cumberland Coun. Vickey Brown are pictured during the Walk With Me exercise in Courtenay, Nov. 28. Scott Stanfield photo
University of British Columbia has developed an algorithm which helps predict the next designer drugs before they hit the street. (U.S. Attorneys Office for Utah via AP, File)

UBC researchers’ algorithm helps ID designer drugs before they hit market

Model being used by U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, UN and European law enforcement

University of British Columbia has developed an algorithm which helps predict the next designer drugs before they hit the street. (U.S. Attorneys Office for Utah via AP, File)
The Comox Valley Community Health Network is developing a Community Substance Use Strategy. File photo

Comox Valley Substance Use Strategy focus wider than toxic drug crisis

Courtenay council agreed to continue supporting the Comox Valley Community Health Network,…

The Comox Valley Community Health Network is developing a Community Substance Use Strategy. File photo
Most illicit drug toxicity deaths in B.C. from 2017-2020 contained fentanyl. File photo

Story Walks illustrated extent of toxic drug crisis in Comox Valley and other communities

In response to the toxic drug crisis that continues to ravage communities…

Most illicit drug toxicity deaths in B.C. from 2017-2020 contained fentanyl. File photo
A Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) patch is seen on an officer in Calgary, Alberta. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

1.5 tonnes of illicit fentanyl ingredient seized at Metro Vancouver port

Fentanyl has been linked to a majority of drug-related deaths over the past five years

A Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) patch is seen on an officer in Calgary, Alberta. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)
An arrest made during an alleged drug transaction at a Nanaimo shopping centre parking lot led to the discovery of 40 litres of GHB, as well as a drug production site in another part of the city. (File photo)

RCMP arrest Nanaimo man with 40 litres of GHB in the trunk of his vehicle

Investigation leads to discovery of a drug lab in a storage locker

An arrest made during an alleged drug transaction at a Nanaimo shopping centre parking lot led to the discovery of 40 litres of GHB, as well as a drug production site in another part of the city. (File photo)
A specialized RCMP team is investigating a suspicious trailer, which might have connections to the illicit drug trade, found abandoned outside a Cache Creek motel. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)

Police probe U-Haul trailer linked to illicit drugs left outside Cache Creek motel

Hazardous materials found inside believed to be consistent with the production of illicit drugs

A specialized RCMP team is investigating a suspicious trailer, which might have connections to the illicit drug trade, found abandoned outside a Cache Creek motel. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
Police found drugs, guns, ammo and cash when they raided a home and arrested two suspects in Nanaimo on Nov. 6. (Photo submitted)

Fentanyl and cash seized, two arrests made in bust in Nanaimo

Suspects’ alleged history of violence triggered Vancouver Island Emergency Response Team deployment

Police found drugs, guns, ammo and cash when they raided a home and arrested two suspects in Nanaimo on Nov. 6. (Photo submitted)
Large raid in Kootenays nets drugs, weapons, cash

Large raid in Kootenays nets drugs, weapons, cash

Multiple search warrants result in the arrest of five men and drug, cash seizures

Large raid in Kootenays nets drugs, weapons, cash