Carlyn Zwarenstein

    Carlyn is the author of On Opium: Pain, Pleasure, and Other Matters of Substance—a book about pain, opioids, harm reduction and the overdose crisis. She’s based in Toronto.

    The Ways We “Monsterize” Drug Use, Pain and People

    [This article is an adapted excerpt from On Opium: Pain, Pleasure, and Other Matters ...

    Compassion Clubs Advance Toward Authorization in Vancouver

    The headlines suggested that sanctioned heroin clubs were coming imminently to Vancouver, British Columbia. ...

    How a Canadian Decriminalization Model Can Improve on Portugal

    Isolation, drug-supply disruptions and other effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have sent North America’s ...

    Housing First and the Homelessness Crisis: What Went Wrong?

    “The homeless crisis interested me,” says Mary Duffy of the time before she herself ...

    The Pandemic Accelerates the Rise⁠—and Criminalization⁠—of Tent Cities

    Just before we went into lockdown, I visited Sanctuary, a homelessness organization in Toronto, ...

    Five of the Ways Unsanctioned Harm Reduction Continues to Blaze Trails

    Unsanctioned grassroots initiatives—from the unofficial to the plain illegal—are both the origins and the ...

    Harm Production: Ontario’s Brutal Cuts Add Fuel to the Overdose Fire

    Viewed from the United States, Canada’s comparatively liberal social mores and universal healthcare would ...