Peer-led overdose response program highlights need for better housing supports, says report

published on August 2, 2018 by Perrin Grauer in StarMetro Vancouver

A program to train tenants of the Downtown Eastside’s single-room occupancy (SRO) hotels in emergency overdose response highlights the need for greater investments in both peer-led intervention and in social assistance and housing policy reform, according to research from the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU).

Samantha Pranteau, a Downtown Eastside (DTES) resident and community organizer, said the program came about as a way to build on what residents of her community were already doing; working together to save lives where help is otherwise hard to come by.

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