Brishti Basu

Brishti reports on health care, drug policy, mental health, policing, race, sexual violence and the intersections between them. She was a finalist for several prestigious national and provincial awards for her work as a Capital Daily staff reporter. Her freelance reporting has been published in publications such as VICE, the Tyee, the Narwhal, National Geographic and BBC Future. She’s based in Victoria, Canada.

Why Are Alcohol Use Disorder Meds Underprescribed in British Columbia?

Public health insurance in British Columbia covers some treatments for alcohol use disorder (AUD), but not others. Medications (MAUD) like…

August 8, 2023

In BC Public Housing, Older Drug Users Denied Home Health Services

Inside supportive housing facilities in Kelowna, British Columbia, residents who use drugs reported that publicly funded health care services were…

May 8, 2023

“A Stable Foundation”: Meet the 22-Year-Old Suing Alberta for Safe Supply

There are many things that Ophelia Black, 22, would like to do. Going back to school, building a career and…

March 21, 2023

BC Indigenous Drug Users Describe Pattern of Forced Discharges From ED

In 2011, public health researchers in Vancouver began conducting interviews with people who use drugs and had either been discharged…

March 15, 2023

Alberta Revokes Pharmacy Access for “High-Potency” Safe Supply Opioids

People with opioid use disorder in Alberta can no longer pick up safe supply medications like hydromorphone from pharmacies, following…

March 7, 2023

Landmark HIV Trial Breaks Treatment Access Barrier With Long-Acting Meds

For the first time, clinical researchers have provided long-acting HIV treatment to people who had not previously completed a higher-barrier…

March 1, 2023