After she revived the woman by the road, Haven Wheelock made her way back across the road and lit a cigarette. She is known for being calm — even bossy — in a crisis. “Then, as soon as everything is taken care of, I cry,” she says. “Every time.”
…we appear to have forgotten how to like and respect people who use drugs… We need to reimagine how harm reduction can work in this austere climate and, yes, maybe this also means we need to rediscover a new style of activism to once again make a difference by keeping people who inject drugs alive and well.
When it comes to opioid overdose, one of the best tools we have is supervised drug-consumption rooms. There have been millions of injections performed in supervised consumption facilities throughout the world — there’s never been a fatality. – Thomas Kerr
It’s not that I’m ‘passionate’ about it. I’m ‘passionate’ about art. I’m not ‘passionate’ about people dying in the streets, I’m fucking angry! Don’t romanticise my anger!
We have unsupervised injection sites that are located in your local McDonald’s, 7-11, and neighbourhood grocery store bathroom. People die in those situations and no one has ever died at a supervised consumption site..
‘A lot of people inject in bathrooms because there’s a water supply, but is it a clean bathroom and are you washing your hands before you inject? If not, why not? Is it because you’ve not got soap? We need start a very basic level of conversation and go from there.