The year fentanyl hit the street, I overdosed six times. The solution is a safer drug supply
August 31, 2019 | 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 reflexe...

Sanders and Warren Back Legalization of Injection Sites for Drug Users
August 29, 2019 | Truthout

Ryan Hampton has a message for politicians and the rest of us: He would have entered recovery much earlier if there were a safe consumption site in Los Angeles, where he struggled with heroin addiction for years. Safe consumption sites, also known as overdose prevention sites, safe injection sites a...

Support needed for overdose survivors living with brain damage, B.C. doctors say
August 28, 2019 | Vancouver Sun

It’s been three years since Valerie Wilson’s son suffered a brain injury following a drug overdose. The Port Moody mother calls her son “fearless”. He was an ironworker by trade who taught himself how to ride a two-wheel bike as a toddler. But the overdose affected his sense of balance, spee...

Provincial government must do more to ensure safe drug supply, says dad of overdose victim
August 28, 2019 | CBC News - BC

A B.C. man whose son died of fentanyl poisoning is calling on the provincial government to do more to ensure a safe drug supply. John Hedican’s son, Ryan, died on a Vancouver job site in 2017. The 26-year-old was a loving older brother to two siblings and had just finished eight months of re...

International Overdose Awareness Day 2019 will see B.C. events take a political but subdued tone, activists say
August 27, 2019 | Georgia Straight

Earlier this month, Leslie McBain travelled to Kelowna to spend time with a woman who had lost a first and then a second son to drug overdoses. “She’s a good friend and she goes up and down, so I was there to take care of her,” McBain recounted in a telephone interview. McBain is a founding ...

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