Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City's Struggle with Addiction by Travis LupickFighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City's Struggle with Addiction by Travis Lupick

Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City's Struggle with Addiction

byTravis Lupick

Paperback | October 1, 2017

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The grassroots story of revolutionary approaches to drug addiction that are saving lives.

North America is in the grips of a drug epidemic. While deaths across the continent soar, Travis Lupick's Fighting for Space explains the concept of harm reduction as a crucial component of a city's response to the drug crisis.

It tells the story of a grassroots group of addicts in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside who waged a political street fight for two decades to transform how the city treats its most marginalized citizens. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, this group of residents from Canada's poorest neighbourhood organized themselves in response to a growing number of overdose deaths and demanded that addicts be given the same rights as any other citizen; against all odds, they eventually won.

But just as their battle came to an end, fentanyl arrived and opioid deaths across North America reached an all-time high. It's prompted many to rethink the war on drugs. Public opinion has slowly begun to turn against prohibition, and policy-makers are finally beginning to look at addiction as a health issue as opposed to one for the criminal justice system.

The previous epidemic in Vancouver sparked government action. Twenty years later, as the same pattern plays out in other cities, there is much that advocates for reform can learn from Vancouver's experience. Fighting for Space tells that story, with the same passionate fervor as the activists whose tireless work gave dignity to addicts and saved countless lives.

Travis Lupick is an award-winning journalist based in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. He has more than a decade's experience working as a staff reporter for the Georgia Straight newspaper and has also written about drug addiction, harm reduction, and mental health for the Toronto Star, the Walrus, and Al Jazeera English, among other ou...
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Title:Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City's Struggle with AddictionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:October 1, 2017Publisher:Arsenal Pulp PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:155152712X

ISBN - 13:9781551527123

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This is an important book to read at a time when the opioid epidemic is killing a staggering number of people across North America. Travis Lupick expertly illustrates how the marginalized yet determined residents of Vancouver's tiny Downtown Eastside fought for harm-reduction services that would ultimately save many lives -- a crucial lesson other North American cities can learn during this deadly crisis. ―Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun reporter; coauthor, A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its Future