Community workers, street family hit hard by B.C.’s opioid crisis

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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On July 10, 2017, The Globe and Mail published an opinion article, written by iPANELs Kelli Stajduhar and project coordinator Ashley Mollison, which illuminates the lack of support to street families who are being affected by the current opioid crisis in BC. Here is a short excerpt, to read the article in its' entirety follow this LINK.

"Palliative care focuses on quality of life for both the dying and their families. It teaches us about the impact that death and bereavement has on family members. But while service providers are often de facto family members for people living on or near the streets, they’re neither acknowledged nor supported as such. Street family in particular can find themselves excluded from decision making, care and support at the end of a loved one’s life.

A bare minimum to support the loved ones of a person dead from an overdose is recognition that people who use drugs are human and that their deaths are as tragic as any death. The service providers and street family who are the genuine “first responders” of this crisis need to know that the rest of us are there for them."

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