Overdose: Heartbreak and Hope in Canada's Opioid Crisis

Category: Book
By (author): Perrin, Benjamin
Subject:  HEALTH & FITNESS / Health Care Issues
  NON-FICTION / General
  PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Addiction
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: March 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*A ground-breaking 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.
Review Quote*"Overdose is a necessary and searching investigation into a devastating epidemic that should never have happened. Benjamin Perrin painstakingly shows that it need not continue if we, as a society, heed the evidence."
-Gabor Maté M.D., author of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction
 
"In Overdose, we walk the streets with the author and meet law enforcement officers, healthcare providers, former users, and activists. Along the way, we overcome any prejudice we may have toward the opioid crisis and its victims. Using empirical research, Perrin guides us through the ramifications of the complex problem of the opioid crisis and looks at ways forward. A real eye-opener."
-The Hon. Marie Deschamps, former Justice, Supreme Court of Canada 
 
"A brilliantly argued chronicle of the opioid crisis, Overdose is beautifully written and impeccably researched. Equally moving, informative and persuasive, it makes a crucial contribution to the national debate on how we deal with illicit drugs in our society-a clarion call to end the failed war on drugs and instead adopt a compassionate evidence-based approach that emphasizes ‘safe supply', and decriminalization for illicit drug users." -Joel Bakan, author of The Corporation
Biographical NoteBENJAMIN 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 from 2012-13. Professor Perrin is the author of two previous books: Invisible Chains: Canada's Underground World of Human Trafficking, which was a national bestseller and named one of the top books of the year by The Globe and Mail, and Victim Law: The Law of Victims of Crime in Canada. He lives in Vancouver, BC.