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My hope is that one day we all realize that addiction is a coping mechanism to something much deeper going on and that for all of us to heal, we need to be on the same side in wanting us all to feel like we belong, we are safe and connected.
Reforming our policies on the use of illegal substances can save individual lives — but also help our neighbourhoods thrive.
Who are you to judge us on our addiction?
Criminalization, stigmatization and ugly looks put her in a grave. All because she used a drug. Does not mean she wasn’t brave
“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 beautiful, loving, caring, worthy and hopeful souls who deserve a life to live.
Why is a safe supply of drugs that keeps people alive and safe, determined by the morals and perspectives of the public?
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.
I ask that you walk beside me so that we can learn from each other.
Seeing substance use as a moral failing doesn’t help. It makes you feel stigma and shame, which makes it harder to change.
"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 (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)