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On living and dying young in Vancouver
March 19, 2024 | The Georgia Straight

The following is excerpted with permission from the book “The Best Place: Addiction, Intervention, and Living and Dying Young in Vancouver” by Danya Fast. The book collects and captures the stories of young people in Vancouver, sharing their experiences, hopes, and dreams in their voices as they...

‘Deficiencies’ in overdose prevention programs: auditor general
March 19, 2024 | CBC News

British Columbia’s auditor general says two government programs aimed at curbing the death toll from the toxic-drug crisis were not “effectively implemented” by the province’s Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and Ministry of Health. Michael Pickup’s office rele...

‘In a way, stigma is the leading cause of death’: the radical plan to tackle British Columbia’s overdose epidemic
March 07, 2024 | The Guardian

When Traci Letts finally found the perfect shoes for her son Mike – a pair of white Nike trainers with a splash of green – the store didn’t have the right size. So she went to another. “They had to be just right,” she said. “He always wanted to dress well.” The high-top shoes completed...

Study Finds DULF Reduced Overdoses by Distributing Tested Drugs
March 05, 2024 | The Tyee

Research first published informally by Vancouver’s Drug User Liberation Front has now been published in a peer-reviewed international journal. DULF bought heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine from online sources known to sell purer forms of these drugs, rigorously tested the drugs and then sold t...

Young people at the centre of the toxic drug crisis
February 28, 2024 | UBC News

Vancouver may be considered by many as the “best place” to live, but many young people living in the city are facing unprecedented challenges that are making their futures more precarious than ever. Hundreds of youth who call Vancouver home are standing at the intersection of a housing affordabi...
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