ABOUT US

WE ARE A COLLECTION OF PEOPLE

WHO USE DRUGS AND THEIR ALLIES, WITH THE COLLECTIVE GOAL OF ESTABLISHING A SAFE SUPPLY FOR BOTH OPIATE AND STIMULANT USERS.

THE COALITION

Our work begins with culture and dignity.

 

Our primary goal is to provide a low barrier safe supply that is not medicalized and available to all.

 

Secondarily, we are concerned with improving health outcomes from drug users across the province and country.

 

This problem is about prohibition and war – our goal is to change policy and create awareness. Knowledge has been stolen from drug users and then has been medicalized. The police plunder and steal from drug dealers and users. While we seek partnerships with those that work with people who use drugs, we don’t want treatment or recovery without safe supply.

 

We want to humanize people who use drugs and drug dealers. We want to give drug users the chance to be human, we want to give them a voice. Our membership includes active and non-active people who use drugs are done being humiliated by society. We are tired of people being stigmatized for using drugs and we have set out to destroy the idea that drug use is wrong, bad, or criminal.

 

As of now, stimulant users have been left out of the opiate poisoning conversation. So have those many people who choose to use fentanyl. We want to bring their voices to the table. We also must recognize that our youth use drugs. We want to invite people to see that drug use doesn’t make one a monster or different person, and that drug users have honor and morality. We want to recognize that it is scarcity that causes people to act in opposition to one another. Finally, we want to say, “we all wanna’ get fucked up. Fuck you, we've got trauma too.”

THE HARD TRUTH

85%

OF DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS IN BC IN 2018 CONTAINED ILLICIT FENTANYL

71%

WERE AGED 30 TO 59

86%

OCCURRED INDOORS

We believe that the current rate of overdose death is solely caused by the ramifications of the regime of prohibition and the ongoing war on the poor.

 

Our goal is to change policy and empower people who use drugs, both by filling systemic gaps in healthcare provision, and through long-term systems change. We seek to reclaim knowledge has been stolen from drug users and then used by the Canadian Healthcare System in inadequate and damaging ways. Indeed, after many disappointments in our attempts to work within the medical industrial complex, we have lost faith that the current healthcare regime supports drug user’s involvement in a meaningful or non-tokenistic way. To this end, we seek to collaborate with existing drug user run institutions in an attempt to battle the current ramifications of what we have dubbed “the Crisis of Prohibition”.

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