As homeless people were moved out of Oppenheimer Park, many were prescribed a safe supply of drugs
May 20, 2020 | CBC News - BC

For Happy Kreter, doing outreach in Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park was an all-consuming activity going back as far as January. Kreter, who works for the Portland Hotel Society (PHS), was at the park in the Downtown Eastside for the massive effort to meet a deadline earlier this month to clear...

In the opioid crisis, young queer and trans men are navigating risk reduction on their own
May 19, 2020 | The Conversation

The opioid overdose crisis has killed over 14,700 Canadians since January 2016. Unfortunately, we don’t know how many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other queer (LGBTQ+) people’s lives are among those lost, because this information is not collected. This is of great concern, because ...

Vancouver Lost a Legendary Drug-User Activist in Dave Murray
May 12, 2020 | Filter Magazine

As drug-user activists, we often lose a couple friends each month. This month has been particularly sad, with the passing of Dave Murray. Dave is a legend, in our circles and far beyond. His activism pushed drug policy forward in important ways, not just in Vancouver but in North America. So we felt...

Starting Bupe From Fentanyl Can Be a Nightmare. Microdosing Methods Help.
May 07, 2020 | Filter Magazine

What I remember most about precipitated withdrawal last year is the color yellow. It was like living the gruesome, nightmare version of a Coldplay song: I puked and shit, I emptied my intestines from end to end, and it was… all yellow. Pungent, bitter, mustard-yellow liquid spluttered out of me ...

Canada’s Safe-Supply Vending Machines Project Is Even More Important Now
May 05, 2020 | Filter Magazine

Due to the drastic increase in opioid–involved overdoses, British Columbia declared a public health emergency in 2016. Fentanyl was in town, contributing to thousands of deaths. The nationwide overdose crisis killed about 11 Canadians a day between January 2016 and September 2019. Something ...

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