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I applaud the provincial and federal governments for decriminalizing personal possession of drugs in BC.

The BC Coroners Death Review Panel made it clear that #decriminalization is needed in order to ensure that people can access services without stigma. 1/ #bcpoli #cdnpoli
But this announcement comes with a caveat.

BC requested a limit for personal possession of 4.5 g, but the federal government only approved a limit of 2.5g.

Health experts and advocates argued for a higher threshold, based on data and evidence. 2/ #bcpoli #decriminalization
The intent of #Decriminalization is to reduce stigma, but when possession limits are low, it can result in higher potency of drugs, potentially causing more harm and a fear of seeking help. 3/ #bcpoli #EndTheStigma #safesupply
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#Alberta’s ‘Select Special Committee to Examine #SafeSupply’ is a farce. Political theatre with a foregone conclusion.

@jkenney and the #UCP are in the business of manufacturing consent and sentencing people who use drugs to death by toxic policy.

🧵

#ABLeg
The authors of the unfortunately titled “A Public Supply of Addictive Drugs” need to be held accountable for their actions.

Their overt bias jeopardizes current and prospective #SafeSupply programming across the country and internationally.

edmontonjournal.com/news/local-new…
But what else would you expect from a government that vilifies science?

This gem from #Alberta’s ‘Minister of Mental Health and Addictions’ @MikeEllisUCP is embarrassing and all you need to know about #UCP public policy.

Shout out to @JanisIrwin for calling out this bullshit.
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As a regional harm reduction coordinator, it’s been a hard week. FNHA data release of First Nations toxic drug fatalities/events. Gov’t pushback re: decrim and 4.5g vs 2.5g, BC Coroners service data release for Feb. People are dying every day while the govt spins their wheels.
We have the answers. We know what to do. The data doesn’t lie. Our own coroner’s service is pushing for safe supply. People are dying. Every day. The government doesn’t care because if they did, they could have ended this crisis long ago. How many more lives will be lost?
What the government tells us with their inaction is that people who use substances don’t matter. It’s a smoke and mirrors game they play, while 6.2 people die per day in BC. #bcpoli #harmreduction #safesupplyorpeopledie
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From August 2017 to July 2021, over 6,000 people died from our toxic illicit drug market.

6,000 British Columbians who could still be here today if the political will to save them existed.

Why has the @jjhorgan’s gov’t not introduced non-medicalized #safesupply? 1/ #bcpoli
For the past 6 years, our province has been in a public health emergency in which the toxic illicit drug supply has taken more lives than homicide, suicide, and car crashes combined.

These deaths are preventable. The policy tools are there but we haven't used them. 2/ #bcpoli
Current drug policy frameworks are rooted in prohibition, criminalization, and marginalization, and they are simply not working.

These archaic policies worsen the stigma that this gov’t has said it wants to reduce. 3/ #bcpoli #safesupply #EndtheStigma
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The Coroner’s Death Review Panel announced that from August of 2017 to July of 2021, over 6,000 people died from our toxic illicit drug market.

They've declared #safesupply as the first priority for people who use drugs, calling on the @bcndp to implement by May 9th. 1/ #bcpoli
These were preventable deaths if we had the right policy tools in place like #safesupply. This crisis intersects with our mental health crisis, our housing crisis, and our affordability crisis. 2/ #bcpoli
The supply of street drugs is getting deadlier, it is killing younger people, and it’s hitting everyone - those with substance use disorder, and those who use drugs recreationally. 3/ #bcpoli #safesupply
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📣 NEW: What is effective safer supply? 📣

Perspectives from people who use drugs and have accessed safer supply in BC.

A thread 🧵

static1.squarespace.com/static/5eb1a66… Safer supply checklist tool. Includes 6 main clusters: 1) Ri
The @SaferVic partnered with @OutreachSolid and @UVic_CISUR to find out what an effective and accessible #SafeSupply would look like.

In a sea of opinions and rhetoric related to safe supply, these are the voices that guide our work.

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✅ Right dose and right drugs for me

People want options.

They want safe, non-toxic drugs in doses that reflect their wants/needs and in formulations that match preferred route of consumption.
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Drug poisoning kills more Albertans age 25 to 39 than any other cause of death.

These deaths are preventable.

Every barrier to accessing evidence-based services is an additional risk factor for death.

We need action. We need a change. We need a solution. (1/4)
From the Dying For Access community statement:

• Expand supervised consumption services and reopen closed sites.

• Scrap the harmful provincial regulations for consumption services. (2/4)
From the Dying For Access community statement (continued):

• Provide access to safe regulated substances to replace toxic street drugs.

• Offer rapid, barrier-free access to medical detox and evidence-based treatment. (3/4)
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If 1 in 10 bottles of wine killed people we wouldn't be “building a system of care” we'd move immediately to ensure that a #safesupply existed.

The @bcndp fundamentally misunderstands the toxic drug crisis. It isn't an addictions crisis but rather a health crisis. 1/ #bcpoli
How does the @bcndp plan to separate those who use drugs from the toxic supply with no additional funding for #safesupply in #BCBudget2022? Why do they lack the political will to implement the solution that saves lives? I asked @AdrianDix & @jjhorgan this today. 2/ #bcpoli
The @bcndp made no mention of #safesupply in their 2022 budget, instead a fixation on treating addiction. If every person with substance use disorder was to recover in BC, our toxic drug market would still kill people. Because not all people who use drugs are addicted. 3/ #bcpoli
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austerity logic choosing who lives and who will die is a capitalist nightmare, it's awful
this is endgame of the I GOT MINE approach of both the emergency response and the "it's all about me" advocacy grounded in individual experience (which is not social justice or public health, and will not change the system); yes it's neoliberal capitalism
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so the majority of people dying are not eligible for the inaccessible, inequitable #SafeSupply pilot projects anyway? that is a huge failure by every policymaker involved. seriously. WOW. all of them.

maybe try a public health approach

#bcpoli
*public* means EVERYONE
wow this is going to get so much worse, think about it
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POISONING, not overdose.

substances detected in checked samples of local down. #DTES, feb 7-13 2022.

#SafeSupply #bcpoli

@adriandix @mikefarnworthbc

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this will get worse and worse until we replace the illicit supply. worse and worse, indefinitely.

this is the future we're allowing to happen. just like we're letting the planet burn.
yes this is the scariest thing
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2,224 people died from toxic drugs in BC last year. Breaking the record of deaths in a single year due to the toxic drug supply.

It is more per year than the #COVID19 pandemic, and yet there are no daily announcements on the impact of this public health emergency. 1/ #bcpoli
This gov't applauded itself yesterday for the work it has done to introduce safe supply and request federal decriminalization. But the truth is that this government’s measures have not reduced deaths - in fact, they are increasing. 2/ #bcpoli #safesupply
When concerned citizens take it upon themselves to hand out safe drugs on the streets of the Downtown Eastside, it is clear that this government is failing. 3/ #bcpoli #safesupply
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Why is it important to decriminalize minor drug offenses? Why do I support this #harmreduction discussion that @CityofEdmonton is going to have in only a couple days?

I'm no storyteller like @drdagly and I'm not an expert like @ehyshka.

But let me try to show you why. 🧵👇 1/x
TW: opioid poisoning deaths, residential schools, Sixties Scoop, self harm

Aka: this is heavy. Welcome to my job. This is addiction med front lines. Come see what I see.

2/x
It's 2:30pm. I haven't eaten since 8am. I'm tired but we are pushing hard to admit as many as we can. We know the ERs are overloaded w/#COVID. If we can take a few of the patients off their list, maybe it will help just a bit.

He's my last patient to admit. He's tired too

3/x
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I could not focus this morning because this was all I could think about. Had to put it in a video before I could pull it together to do my work.
The world is missing some beautiful people. And it's not because they weren't enough.

#OverdoseAwarenessDay
#SafeSupply #cdnpoli
You can see Rick in a much music segment where he was interviewed in 1983 - one band he played in (with my father), the Polkaholics, features in the second half.
He was so dedicated to shit disturbing.

You can see Peter here. The CBC gave him a phone for a few days to take his story. Then he was left on his own while they raked in the views.
This video going viral didn't save peter. He needed a safe supply, housing, and support. not likes and shares.
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These numbers are staggering - as they have been since the health emergency was declared in April 2016. There is no way to adequately articulate the immense suffering and heartbreak this horrifying loss of life has brought to our province. 1/ #bcpoli #overdosecrisis
I recently met with a local chapter of @momsstoptheharm and we discussed the gaping voids in our existing patchwork of supports and services for the countless British Columbians with substance use disorder. 2/ #bcpoli
One parent told me: ‘we need immediate low barrier, regulated, non-stigmatized safe supply to save people from the poisoned drug supply. Because if your child dies there's no more time for other interventions to help.' 3/ #bcpoli
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Why aren’t doctors prescribing Dilaudid in BC? A lengthy #thread

Over two thousand people in BC have prescriptions for safer tablet opioids, benzos, and stimulants through BCCSU’s Dual-risk Mitigation guideline. (1/24)
This guideline provides advice to prescribers on which drugs and dosages are recommended for patients that are at “dual risk” of overdose or contracting COVID-19.

The goal is to support physical distancing among PWUD, (2/24)
by providing prescriptions so people don’t have to hustle, or go see a dealer several times per day for #streetsupply which means less risk of COVID contraction/overdose. (3/24)
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Independent Pandemic Response Observatory.
This is a body that is referred to to justify the public health measures.
The public's adherence to public health rules would increase
#RealTalkRJ
Evidence needs to be made public.

"We haven't seen modelling since the spring."- @ehyshka

The data will help people buy in to the measures that are being

Shay wonders - What are they hiding? Who benefits from this censorship?
#RedAlert @ryanjespersen #RealTalkRJ
Double Bunking in an ICU is absurd.

Yes, warm bunking is normal in Oil & Gas but double bunking is a huge flag for the capacity of #abpoli health system.
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The chief coroner of #Ontario + others have released report today for #OverdoseDeaths during #COVID19

The stats reflect exactly what PWUDs & harm reductionists have been saying all year: that they are living through a horrifying disaster.

#thread full of rage & grief
In the first 15 weeks of the pandemic, almost 700 people died from overdose - thats an avg of 46 people dying each WEEK.

Its anticipated that there will be a 50% INCREASE in the number of people who die from overdose in 2020 in comparison to 2019. #ONpoli Image
Since the beginning of this crisis in 2016/2017 - more and more people keep dying FROM PREVENTABLE DEATHS from the toxic illicit drug supply.

A toxic illicit drug supply thats a direct result of years of prohibition - prohibition born out of white supremacy. ImageImage
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synthetic drugs are very profitable; we got too poor in a place that was getting wealthier by the day. ImageImage
the Poisoning Massacre is similarly an economic crisis. in fact it is the same one and will not be solved entirely through #SafeSupply. it will be mitigated, but the underlying causes will remain. and will return. its more than a housing crisis.
we got too poor.

in 2015-16, basic social assistance in BC was $610/mth and disability was $906/mth.

the shelter rate, as ever, was $375/mth
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New article from @kendracrighton about our program! Check out this thread for some highlights.⬇️⬇️

vicnews.com/news/unhoused-…

#ThatsSAFER @AVIVanIsle @OutreachSolid SAFER Outreach Worker, Jaclyn, wears a SOLID Outreach shirt
“ …for those who are left outside, accessing a #safesupply isn’t easy. Cue @SaferVic. This team of nurses, outreach workers with lived experience, physicians & a systems navigator are working full-time to provide people sheltering in Victoria parks the medications they need.” A pop-up supervised consumption tent stands on grass covered
We’re stoked that SAFER Outreach Worker, Jaclyn, was highlighted in this article because she is a force of nature & “...spends most of her time in the community…handing out harm reduction supplies & building a bridge of trust.”
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Thread:

How can we address the severe harms caused by an increasingly toxic drug supply?

Our new article examines what happens when you distribute safer, pharmaceutical opioids (#safesupply) to people at-risk of fentanyl-related overdose.

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Before we get started, and I cannot believe this still needs to be said, fentanyl & fentanyl-adulterated drugs are driving overdose deaths in much of North America.

We need approaches responsive to the changing drug supply, and 'safe supply' programs represent a key innovation.
Now, operating out of @PHScss overdose prevention site in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, this program distributed hydromorphone as an alternative to illicit fentanyl.

People could receive up to 80 mg/day of hydromorphone to be used onsite (16 mg up to 5 times daily, 2 h apart).
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August 31 is International #Overdose Awareness Day. Every year I reflect on all the people we’ve lost, but especially Arielle. Here we are at 18 - careless, happy assholes. She was brilliant, snarky, a talented musician, and she died at age 26 from a poisoned drug supply. Image
In the last 2 years of her life, Arielle went to jail, went to rehab, and “got clean.”

Jail didn’t save her.
Rehab didn’t save her.
Abstinence didn’t save her.

#SCS could’ve saved her. #safesupply could’ve saved her.
#MOUD could’ve saved her.
#Naloxone could’ve saved her.
There is no excuse for her death or for any of the 71,000 overdose deaths in 2019, not when evidence-based treatments for #OUD exist. Not one damn more person should die alone from a treatable condition in the year #2020.
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Join us for our latest #DPACOVIDSeries Discussion on Thursday July 23 from 2-4pm EST to hear about why #SafeSupply and Legal Regulation of drugs is essential in this moment. RSVP: bit.ly/DPACOVIDSeries6 Image
ICYMI: Check out the recording for our first #DPACOVIDSeries Discussion:

#COVID19, Drug Policy, and Decarceration
ICYMI: Check out the recording for our second #DPACOVIDSeries Discussion:

Reconsidering Re-entry: Exploring Decarceration in its Fullness Amid #COVID19
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