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.

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

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