The faces behind B.C.'s fentanyl fix
There are many voices wading into the debate over how to stem the rising number of overdoses in B.C. Through our series The Fentanyl Fix, we've examined those differing points of view.
Experts offer differing views on how to stem the tide of overdoses in B.C.
Scott MacDonald is the lead physician at the Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver B.C. (Rafferty Baker/CBC) Donald MacPherson, executive director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, says overdoses on prescription opiods is a growing problem in Canada. (Canadian Drug Policy Coalition) Al Arsenault and Mark Steinkampf are with Odd Squad: a group of police officers, retired officers and others who for years have reached out to kids with videos and presentations about the dangers of drug use. They say there has been too much focus on harm reduction at the expense of prevention and long-term treatment. (Peter Scobie/CBC) Trina Saby blames drug addiction for cutting her son's life short and believes the physicians that treated him share some of the blame. Her son, Kenneth Lee Pears, was 27 years old when he overdosed on prescription morphine. (Trina Saby) Dr. Bill MacEwan is a psychiatrist based at St. Paul's Hospital, but he spends much of his time in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside doing outreach work. (Rafferty Baker/CBC) In this photo from Nov. 2010, Tiago, a patient and resident, picks up his lunch from the kitchen of a treatment centre in Lisbon, Portugal. At the treatment centre where he lives, he plays table tennis, surfs the internet, watches TV and also helps with cleaning and other odd jobs. (The Associated Press)
The Fentanyl Fix is a week long series exploring potential solutions to B.C.'s opioid overdose crisis