Downtown Eastside

News

BC Health Officials Will Start Giving Free Opioids to Users in 2018

This is a big deal.
Sarah Berman
12.20.17
Criminal Justice

Court-Imposed ‘Red Zones’ Are Ruining Drug Users’ Lives

Canada’s first in-depth study of release conditions found life-threatening consequences for users banned from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Sarah Berman
10.31.17
Opioids

Vancouver's Pop-Up Overdose Prevention Site Is Now Giving Users Free Weed

Capsules of CBD, THC, and the herbal painkiller kratom are part of a DIY harm reduction effort that police aren’t planning to shut down.
Sarah Berman
9.5.17
struggle

I Was a Homeless High School Honours Student

I had one foot in two worlds and I was an outsider in both.
Samantha Reeve
8.24.17
Drugs

Why Vancouver Has Always Been an Addiction Ground Zero

Breaking down the city’s contradictory reputations as the epicentre of an overdose “bloodbath” and a beacon of progressive drug policy.
Sarah Berman
7.13.17
Photo

Life Inside Vancouver’s Most Notorious Housing Block

Meet the tenants living in the city’s most complained-about single room occupancy hotels.
Geoff Webb
5.4.17
Opioids

There's Little Time to Mourn the Dead as Overdoses Continue in Vancouver

At a vigil in Vancouver's hard-hit Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, family and friends remember hundreds lost.
Cara McKenna
2.6.17
Opioids

Why Do Men Account for 80 Percent of BC Overdose Deaths?

Researchers say men are more likely to use drugs alone, which has been called a death sentence in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Sarah Berman
1.3.17
Stuff

How to Laugh at an Opioid Crisis

If you ask comedian and former addict Mark Hughes, everyone should be thinking and talking about fentanyl—not just users and Downtown Eastside activists.
Sarah Berman
12.18.16
Opioids

BC Will Fight Fentanyl Overdoses with ATV and Bike-Riding First Responders

Following a record number of OD-related 911 calls last week, paramedics are getting sweet new all-terrain wheels.
Sarah Berman
11.26.16
Relapse: Facing Canada's Opioid Crisis

Portrait of a Crisis

We talk to users at the heart of the opioid crisis in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
Amil Niazi
11.4.16
Relapse: Facing Canada's Opioid Crisis

Meet the Man Drug Users in Vancouver Call a ‘Secret Kind of Hero’

Hugh Lampkin walks the streets of the Downtown Eastside saving lives.
Natalie Alcoba
11.2.16