Overdose: Heartbreak And Hope In Canada's Opioid Crisis

byBenjamin Perrin

Hardcover | March 31, 2020

Overdose: Heartbreak And Hope In Canada's Opioid Crisis by Benjamin Perrin
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A groundbreaking and powerful look at the worst health crisis in a generation—the opioid crisis.

North America is in the middle of a health crisis. Life expectancies are declining. Someone is dying every two hours in Canada from illicit drug overdose. Fentanyl has become a looming presence—an opioid more powerful, pervasive, and deadly than any previous street drug.
 
The victims are many—and often not whom we might expect. They include the poor and forgotten but also our neighbours: professionals, students, and parents. Despite the thousands of deaths, these victims have remained largely invisible.
 
But not anymore. Benjamin Perrin, a law and policy expert, shines a light in this darkest of corners—and his findings challenge many assumptions about the crisis. Why do people use drugs despite the risk of overdosing? Can we crack down on the fentanyl supply? Do supervised consumption sites and providing “safe drugs” enable the problem? Which treatments work? Would decriminalizing all drugs help or make things worse?
 
Perrin answers these questions and many others in this urgent and humane look at the worst health crisis in recent history, drawing on behind-the-scenes interviews with those on the frontlines, including undercover police officers, intelligence analysts, border agents, prosecutors, healthcare professionals, Indigenous organizations, activists, and people who use drugs. Not only does he shine light on this often-veiled crisis, but he also offers a new way forward; one that may save thousands of lives.
BENJAMIN PERRIN is a professor at the University of British Columbia, Peter A. Allard School of Law and a senior fellow in criminal justice at the Macdonald Laurier Institute for Public Policy. He served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada, and was the lead justice and public safety advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper fr...
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Title:Overdose: Heartbreak And Hope In Canada's Opioid CrisisFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:304 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.75 inShipping dimensions:304 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.75 inPublished:March 31, 2020Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0735237867

ISBN - 13:9780735237865

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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