This map was featured in 935 reasons why Canada’s "War on Drugs" has failed.
Providence Crosstown Clinic is the only place in North America where people who use drugs can access safe, medical-grade heroin as a form of treatment. At a recent public forum on Heroin Assisted Therapy (HAT), King spoke about the courageous members of the community who teamed up with Pivot Legal to defend their right to access this life-saving intervention.
A heartfelt story from a mother whose son may have been alive today if Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) had been available. Lindsey was using heroin at the age of 15. The family was told there was a six to nine month waiting list for help.
Heroin is legal for treating addiction in Switzerland, Denmark, Germany and the UK. The evidence shows Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) works, and can also reduce crime and human suffering. "It benefits everybody."
Artist and organizer Dave Murray says he began to feel a sense of self-worth and a desire to turn his life around after receiving Heroin Assisted Treatment.
(Katrina Pacey after Bedford v. Canada Supreme Court hearing, 2013)
I have written a lot of messages to the Pivot community since 2001, when I became part of a small group of committed people who were building this thing called “Pivot Legal Society.” But I don’t think I have ever written a message that felt so deeply emotional, where so many different feelings – grief, gratitude, excitement, pride, and nervousness – are all present at the same time.
After almost 17 years at Pivot, I have decided to leave my position as executive director in the spring of 2018. I have spent months reflecting on where Pivot is at, and where it is headed. The organization is stronger and more passionate than it has ever been. We have an incredible staff team and board of directors, a strong record of making progressive change, and a clear vision for our campaigns going forward.
(Katrina Pacey during Pivot's early years in the Downtown Eastside)
It may seem like an odd decision to leave the organization when it is at its best. But that is exactly why I have decided that now is the right time for a transition. Pivot is entering a new chapter in its evolution. The organization’s future is filled with potential and new challenges. I am excited to invite new, creative leadership into the organization when it is at its most energized.
I will remain in my role until the new executive director has been identified, and will be here to support them as they move into their role. The search begins in January 2018 and I am really excited to see who will step forward to lead this incredible organization.Read more
In the highly charged world of drug policy, where fear and misunderstanding fuel hyperbole and harmful government action (and inaction), hard numbers speak an undeniable truth: overdose prevention sites save lives.
Operating absent a federal exemption from the government, overdose prevention sites maintain a low-barrier, peer-driven mandate. As compared with the hurdles that more formalized supervised consumption sites must clear, the flexibility of overdose prevention sites make them an indispensable health service with higher rates of use.
Among the many factors contributing to their success is the variety of health and safety services they offer. These locations provide an alternative to formalized supervised consumption sites that may be inaccessible to people for a variety of legitimate reasons, including a lack of inhalation services, prohibitions against communal injection (for those who cannot self-inject), or for other social and interpersonal reasons.Read more
There is substantial evidence from a range of jurisdictions which demonstrates that drug prohibition laws and policies, including the use of incarceration, can negatively impact health and social outcomes among persons living with addiction. Here in BC, law enforcement efforts have not resulted in a decrease in overdose deaths.
For example, between 2011 and 2016 police investigations of heroin possession increased 409%. During that same timeframe, fatal overdoses increased 334%. Law enforcement responses are not curtailing the crisis and are causing harm to the people we mean to protect.
Thousands of people across British Columbia experience homelessness every year. Many of them rely on public spaces for their survival and must carry all their worldly possessions with them in bags and carts.
For them, when police officers and bylaw officers confiscate carts or belongings, whether to tidy a sidewalk or park, or explicitly to deter homeless people from resting or gathering, these confiscations mean losing everything they have in the world.