Matthew Bonn

Matthew is the program coordinator with the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs (CAPUD), a National Board member with Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP), and a knowledge translator for the Dr. Peters Centre. His freelance writing has appeared in publications including The Conversation, CATIE and The Coast. He is a current drug user and a formerly incarcerated person.

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

As a Fentanyl User, I Know How Much We Need a Safe Supply

The odor of burning vinegar associated with the transdermal fentanyl patch will probably always be one of my favourite smells.…

May 27, 2020

Canada’s Safe-Supply Vending Machines Project Is Even More Important Now

Due to the drastic increase in opioid-involved overdoses, British Columbia declared a public health emergency in 2016. Fentanyl was in…

May 5, 2020