Matthew Bonn

Matthew is the program coordinator with the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs. He’s also a National Board member with Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Board member of the International Network of Health and Hepatitis in Substance Users, and a knowledge translator for the Dr. Peters Centre. His freelance writing has appeared in publications including The ConversationCATIE, Doctors Nova Scotia, Policy Options and The Coast. Matthew is also on Canada’s 64th Canadian Delegation on the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. He is a current drug user and a formerly incarcerated person.

Detox Was the Right Choice for Me—Even If I Don’t Plan on Abstinence

Not everyone goes to detox to become abstinent. People go for all kinds of reasons—reasons that may change from one…

June 8, 2021

What I Learned From My First Injection Infection

[This article contains an image of injection wounds.] I had my first injection infection in the winter of 2020. I…

May 4, 2021

On Canada’s East Coast, an Unexplained Influx of Pure Cocaine

Nobody knows the smell, taste or feeling of pure cocaine like someone who injects it. Eric Sampson, who's well known…

March 25, 2021

Women Are Leading Canada’s Safe Supply Movement

Everyone deserves access to health care. It should be unconditional. If you have diabetes and still enjoy the occasional unhealthy…

March 10, 2021

Blueberries, Xanny Bars, Clazzys: My Anxiety-Driven Benzo Journey

I have been doing Valium since the age of 16. They were called “blueberries” where I was from, and there…

January 12, 2021

My Friend Was Abducted Into Forced Addiction Treatment in Mexico

In the early days of October, Shawn* was detained by police in the city of Mexicali, the capital of Baja…

November 17, 2020

Why the Drug User Liberation Front Gave Out Free, Checked Drugs in Vancouver

The Drug User Liberation Front, a Vancouver-based activist group, made a serious statement on June 23. During a protest in…

August 11, 2020

Why I Overdosed During the Pandemic, and Why I Survived

[This article contains graphic descriptions of drug use and overdose.]   Overdosing and being treated for it during the pandemic…

August 4, 2020

Methadose: A Parable of Putting Profit Before Human Lives

Imagine being on a medication, any medication, and all a sudden it doesn’t work anymore. It only works for about…

June 24, 2020

Safe Consumption Means Safe Inhalation, Too: An All-Inclusive Model

Methamphetamine-related harms vary across Canada. Our west coast has obviously been hit hard, as British Columbia and Alberta have suffered…

June 11, 2020