Men are dying at a higher rate than women during the opioid crisis, which means women sometimes get left out of the conversation. On Episode 8 of Crackdown, we go to SisterSpace, North America’s first women-only safe consumption
CORRECTION: Overnight funding for SisterSpace runs out at the end of September, 2019.
Call to Action
If you want to see more funding to extend hours of overdose prevention sites like SisterSpace, write to The City of Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health, and the B.C. Ministry of Health.
August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. Events are taking place around the world. Check out Overdoseday.com.
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- Boyd J, Collins A, Lavalley J, Mayer S, McNeil R. (2019). “Bed Bugs and Beyond”: An ethnographic analysis of North America’s first women-only supervised drug consumption site. 26th Harm Reduction International Conference. Porto, Portugal.
- Collins et al. (2019) Gender and the overdose crisis in North America: Moving past gender-neutral approaches in the public health responseInternational Journal of Drug Policy
- Boyd et al. (2018) Gendered violence and overdose prevention sites: a rapid ethnographic study during an overdose epidemic in Vancouver, Canada Society for the Study of Addiction
- Bardwall et al (2018) Characterizing peer roles in an overdose crisis: Preferences for peer workers in overdose response programs in emergency shelters. Drug and Alcohol Dependance
- Kennedy et al. (2019) Peer worker involvement in low-threshold supervised consumption facilities in the context of an overdose epidemic in Vancouver, Canada. Social Science & Medicine
- Collins et al. (2019) The intersectional risk environment of people who use drugs. Social Science & Medicine
Garth Mullins is Crackdown‘s host and executive producer.
Crackdown is produced by Alexander Kim, Polly Leger, Lisa Hale, Sam Fenn, and Gordon Katic.
Thank you to SisterSpace for having us.
Crackdown’s Editorial Board is: Samona Marsh, Shelda Kastor, Greg Fess, Jeff Louden, Dean Wilson, Laura Shaver, Dave Murray, and Al Fowler. Rest In Peace Chereece Keewatin.
Our scientific advisers are Ryan McNeil and Jade Boyd from the BC Centre on Substance Use and the Department of Medicine at the University of Britsh Columbia.
Original score written and performed by Sam Fenn, Jacob Dryden, Kai Paulson, James Ash and Garth Mullins. Our theme song was written by Garth and Sam with accompaniment from Dave Gens and Ben Appenheimer.
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