overdose

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

California’s Huge Overdose Increase Didn’t Have to Happen

The overdose crisis has finally reached California, following a relative delay in the arrival of fentanyl there which I described…

July 28, 2020

British Columbia’s Troubling Bid to Detain Young People Who Overdose

On June 23, the provincial government of British Columbia announced the first reading of Bill 22, a proposed amendment to…

July 27, 2020

Navigating the Baffling Systems of Care That Failed My Son

[The following article is excerpted from two chapters of Cover My Dreams in Ink, the author's account of the journey…

July 22, 2020

I Cannot Stand to See Another Deadly Month Go By in British Columbia

On July 16, the British Columbia Coroners Service released its monthly overdose fatality report. The impact of the lost lives…

July 21, 2020

Beneath Tragic New US Overdose Figures, There Are Wide Regional Variations

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its analysis of overdose deaths from 2019. The new projections…

July 20, 2020

PANDA: The Birth of a Pan-American Drug-User Alliance

You can draw interwoven lines of suffering right down through the Americas. British Columbia, Canada has announced 175 illicit-drug overdose…

July 20, 2020

“I Can’t Breathe”⁠—The Haunting Urgency of Juice WRLD’s Post-OD Album

Since the December 8, 2019 fatal overdose of Jarad Higgins—a Black rapper who went by the stage name Juice WRLD…

July 14, 2020

How We Can All Take Responsibility to Avoid Calling the Police

Calls to defund the police are picking up national momentum from Los Angeles to New York City. The Minneapolis City…

July 1, 2020

New Spike in Coronavirus Cases Could Further Worsen Overdose Crisis

As many US jurisdictions have eased pandemic restrictions, new coronavirus cases have been spiking again. At the same time, regions…

June 30, 2020