I used drugs to find purpose and freedom. Today, I find freedom in love and purpose in sacrifice and service.
Stigma and judgement have real and harmful consequences. Change starts with us, and how we see and treat others
People who use drugs have woken up from an overdose to find out that they no longer have a bed to sleep in for the night because they were service restricted for overdosing in the shelter.
I am still living it every day—the stigma of substance use. Life is a huge challenge.. The “day to day” that most of us take for granted.
There are many people out there who want to get help but can’t.
When you use drugs alone it’s a lot more dangerous because there’s no one there to help you if you overdose
“Back in prohibition days for alcohol, folks were dying from homemade hooch. I wonder how many places in Canada serve alcohol now?”
Findings of this report broadly suggest a need for policies and programs designed to urgently address the increase in opioid mortality, such as access to harm reduction…and safer supply of drugs.
“There [is] a problem in accessing data, [and] stigma is one of those obstacles in obtaining this data. The events that are experienced on the ground are in the fog. I see this as an obstacle to making good decisions.”