A conversation on the opioid crisis with Canadian reporter Travis Lupick
Vancouver is a beautiful city and Canada is a beautiful country. I hope the truckers can inspire all of the people to rally together against tyranny.
My husband was an addiction therapist at Canada's largest mental health institution. He quit last year after management, again, reduced treatment. On top of that, management imposed strict requirements around use of pronouns by program participants -- like the biggest problem being encountered by someone trying to break a meth addiction is the embarassment of using the wrong pronoun. Aside from the paltry (and getting smaller!) resources being directed toward people battling addictions, we also need to talk about the lack of training/professionalism of those people charged with dispensing treatment. Right now, the woke social workers at my husband's former workplace are condescending to those with addictions. The underlying assumption by them is that their own beliefs are paramount to the treatment of those battling addictions. It's an abuse of power. It should be unlawful for anyone with the power to treat a patient to insist on a political agenda as part of that treatment.
Here in Vancouver myself, and my ex husband can’t get off the stuff. He went from a family man working on becoming an Anglican priest to a sometimes homeless construction worker. He’s tried nearly everything to get back on the straight and narrow. While I appreciate treatment options and empathy for those struggling, it’s not enough. Someone needs to be investigating the cargo coming into Vancouver on a daily basis. Someone needs to be investigating the way our government profits from this. Someone needs to be investigating the casinos. Etc etc. And opening more spaces without wait lists for ANYONE who wants treatment TODAY. A drug addict ain’t gonna wait for much of anything. It’s too late. My heart breaks for all the people suffering from this crisis. We’ve lost more in BC to this than we have from covid. More should know that as well.
I wrote this a couple of years ago for a friend who died of an overdose. I will become a paid subscriber to your podcast when the pandemic ends and I can go back to work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_w29Nwav6k
Definitely hard to feel the love for a government that legalized pot when they claim to have our best interest in mind. I can only imagine how this will effect the opioid death rate in the next decade. Hopefully some of these programs you mentioned will really gain momentum to help counteract this!
Politicians don't care since the homeless and drug addicts don't vote. I know perfectly normal people die from taking drugs. These so-called safe injection sites are just a way to pretend that the government is doing something. It would take an intervention to get people off the street.
The best thing is to never start drugs or even experiment with them.
If you are having a bad day, sleep it off. The next day may be better.
Unfortunately, many people are feeling hopeless and some use drugs and/or alcohol to deal with the pain. Don't do it! The pain will return with a vengeance.
Great interview… I’ve been in the trenches of mental health and substance use work in various ways for 20+ years. I started as a undercover floor walking security guard mainly arresting substance users who stole as a way to support their habit, found my way into a role as a jail guard, saw the absolute futility of the revolving door of the system, got into support work and now work as an ED of a large mental health serving NPO where I get create meaningful and effective ways of supporting people.
People don’t care about the drug poisoning deaths because it doesn’t affect the privileged in a way creates enough impact to change the minds of the majority. It’s still thought of as a fringe minority happening, and people are burnt out by life, the pandemic and numbed to this harsh reality.
Policy policy policy… decriminalize, treat the health issue, provide a safe supply that gives people opportunity to change their lives instead of being beaten down by a life of compounded traumas and charges that relegate a person to hopelessness and further suffering. Raise the voice of experience and employ that expertise to help others.
What are the death stats in Vancouver since the change to injection sites?
Tara Henley, you are a true trail blazing leader. Thank you for the work you continue to do in “lighting up” the actual issues our actual leaders and too scared to discuss.
I actually don’t want to believe they are scared but rather don’t know how to approach communication/conversation/discussion and have it moderated in healthy and positive ways.