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“A Tale of Two Cities” Fighting for Harm Reduction in Vancouver and Ottawa
March 16 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pmFree
The University of Ottawa Criminology Graduate Student Association is hosting a book launch and panel discussion on Travis Lupick’s new book Fighting for Space (2017) specifically, but also the opioid and overdose crisis in general.
Lupick’s book starts in the 1990s, where drug overdoses killed hundreds and then thousands of people in Vancouver. Eventually, the city responded in incredible ways. Politicians listened to the demands of drug users and that led Vancouver to establish the continent’s first supervised-injection facility, Insite. Solutions to Vancouver’s crisis of the ’90s came from the drug users themselves. Lupick will talk about where those activists are now, what roles they’ve taken on since fentanyl arrived, and what these drug users and their allies argue must happen next to begin to reduce overdose deaths.
He’ll be joined by a small panel of interdisciplinary experts, activists, and people with lived experience who will discuss the contemporary challenges in the field of harm reduction, addiction, and law. Panelists include Dr. Marilou Gagnon, Robert Jamison, and Eugene Oscapella.
Their aim with this event is to bring attention to the challenges facing people living with an addiction, harm reduction efforts in Ottawa, and to develop a summary/action plan of what Ottawa can learn from Vancouver.