Getting to Tomorrow: Ending the Overdose Crisis

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I don’t judge you for yours, don’t judge me for mine

Who are you to judge us on our addiction?

A friend of mine has died today

Criminalization, stigmatization and ugly looks put her in a grave. All because she used a drug. Does not mean she wasn’t brave

Why decriminalize drugs?

“I stopped doing dangerous drugs in a dangerous fashion the first time my drug use was treated as a means to cope, a health issue—and was being treated as such—rather than a crime.”

We are more than you think we are

We are beautiful, loving, caring, worthy and hopeful souls who deserve a life to live.

A War on Drugs or a War on People?

Why is a safe supply of drugs that keeps people alive and safe, determined by the morals and perspectives of the public?

Just a Part of Me

Addiction is only a part of me. So take the time to listen, and you may learn a thing or two about who I really am.

Don’t make me a project for I, like you, am a person

I ask that you walk beside me so that we can learn from each other.

Watching a snowflake melt

Seeing substance use as a moral failing doesn’t help. It makes you feel stigma and shame, which makes it harder to change.

The minute I was labelled…I became a case file

I used drugs to find purpose and freedom. Today, I find freedom in love and purpose in sacrifice and service.

When people stop their judgement, then they’ll see the truth

Stigma and judgement have real and harmful consequences. Change starts with us, and how we see and treat others

"You cannot arrest your way out of an opioid crisis."

Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada (The Canadian Press, Aug. 23, 2020)

"Everybody needs a safe place to use, and they need a safe drug to use."

Matt Bonn, Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs (CBC, Oct. 6, 2020 / Photo credit: Caora McKenna)

"The evidence shows us that supervised consumption sites and services save lives and can provide people who use drugs with access to health and social services and treatment."

Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, Canada (The Canadian Press, Aug. 20, 2020)

"We need to put as much time and effort and kindness and compassion into caring for people who use drugs as we have been successful in doing in responding to the COVID-19 crisis."

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer of British Columbia (Global News, July 16, 2020)

"A person’s worth isn’t based on the substances they put in their body and it doesn’t help when we push them away."

Erica Thomson Peer Coordinator at Fraser Health

Erica Thomson, Peer Coordinator (Fraser Health, May 14, 2018)

"Stigmatizing and criminalizing those affected by substance use disorders is an ineffective strategy that often increases harm."

Elaine Hyshka, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Sept. 26, 2019)