Student art show advances dialogue on the opioid crisis’s impacts on youth

published on March 29, 2018 by Zak Vescera in The Ubyssey

A student art show hosted yesterday night in the Lev Bukhman Theatre Lounge highlighted the impact of the opioid crisis from a youth perspective, advancing the dialogue on how to change societal misconceptions about substances and those who use them.

Hosted by the UBC Chapter of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) — a grassroots national youth organization that advocates for more evidence-based drug policies — and funded by the Canadian Institute of Substance Use Research, the event used art to kickstart a community dialogue session on how to better address an opioid crisis that killed 1,156 British Columbians in 2017 alone.

Stephanie Lake, a PhD student at the School of Population and Public Health and the chapter’s chair, said that while substance use is a part of student culture, the impact of the opioid crisis on student populations is rarely discussed.

“You hear about the opioid crisis all the time, but you don’t hear about how students are being affected by it,” she said. “We know it’s bound to affect students, but we don’t talk about it.”

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