The year fentanyl hit the street, I overdosed six times. The solution is a safer drug supply

published on August 31, 2019 by Guy Felicella in The Star

VANCOUVER—I spent 20 years injecting heroin. During the year that fentanyl hit the streets, I overdosed six times. On each occasion, I consumed what I believed was heroin but was probably fentanyl or its analogues — 100 times stronger than what I thought I was using.

Because of the quick reflexes of staff at Insite — the first supervised consumption site in Canada, located on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside — I survived. I was given the chance to keep fighting against my addiction, eventually achieving recovery and the life I have today…

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