A friend of mine now lives in Vancouver. We're both horrified and disgusted at the overwhelming amount of highly danger street drugs present everywhere. This stuff is killing off people everywhere...especially in B.C.
The poisoning of our illicit drug supply, and our leaders unwillingness to actively destroy the stigma and bias attached to substance use and mental illness is maddening. It's killing people at a rate that COVID shys in comparison to, but we're not able to excercise the same compassion and care for this health crisis? I'm grateful to be alive - and signing for the folx I love who are not.
I'm signing because people need to realize that this is something that can and does happen in families just like theirs, and it happens far too often. Secrecy, stigma, and shame have too often prevented substance users from confiding in friends/families, which leaves them terribly vulnerable and alone. And when there has been an overdose death in a family, their grieving is often very lonely because they are too ashamed to talk about it. This cannot be swept under the rug any longer - it's time for a real change and I applaud Carina Stone for helping to make it happen.