How can we respond to the largest public health crisis in modern Canadian history? Opioid addiction rates are growing, and Peterborough now has the fourth highest rate of overdose deaths in Ontario. A far cry from the traditional view of the ‘addict,’ opioid misuse affects people of all types and has touched many of our lives. It’s also forcing agencies to explore new and innovative harm reduction strategies, putting compassion and empathy at the centre in order to help people on their own terms.
Will Pearson sits down with Chris Jardin, Harm Reduction Coordinator at PARN, to speak about stigma, harm reduction, overdose prevention sites, and the changing face of substance misuse.
Opening credits music: “Settle Down” by Prime Junk.
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