Visions—Opioids

PDF | EPUB | Vol. 13, No. 3 (2018)

British Columbia is experiencing a crisis. Overdose deaths continue to rise, and in 2016 the province declared a public health emergency. Most overdose deaths come from the use of opioids. Opioids include drugs that come from the opium poppy, like morphine and heroin, and drugs that are manufactured from chemicals that are similar to those found in poppies, like fentanyl. We hear media coverage about the crisis almost every day, but what do we know about the people who are affected? How did they get to where they are now? What do they need to be safe? What do they need from their communities? People from every walk of life are affected, and in this issue of Visions, you’ll find a diverse group of people sharing their experiences and reflections on opioid use. You’ll see that no matter where you come from, you can experience challenges—and you can find hope and support. You’ll also find one important common message: people need solutions that understand the mental and physical pain that contributes to opioid use.

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