Via the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
We’re facing a crisis. And our response will determine life or death for some of our friends, family, colleagues and community members.
The overdose crisis, fueled by a contaminated drug supply, is killing at an alarming rate. In the past four years, more than 11,500 people have died. And there’s no end in sight.
But with the election of a new federal government in October, we have a chance to make a difference. If our political party leaders are serious about saving lives and curbing the overdose crisis, they should immediately commit to supporting harm reduction services — especially supervised consumption and overdose prevention sites.
These services provide places where people can use drugs safely under the supervision of trained staff and volunteers. They are proven to save lives. They help prevent infections such as HIV and hepatitis C. They give people a safe space. They connect people to treatment and other supports. They are essential and urgently needed.
Please add your voice and demand a commitment from all political party leaders to support supervised consumption and overdose prevention sites. It’s time to step up and save lives.