The COVID-19 pandemic shone a light on safer supply. The Province rolled out numerous iterations of prescription programs for people to supplement or replace their use of street drugs and reduce their risk of overdose or poisoning, but this idea is not new. Since 1997, the BC Association of People on Opiate Maintenance (BCAPOM) under the umbrella of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) has been supporting people who use drugs (PWUD) to access these programs and advocating for their right to lead their development.
In this webinar, Laura Shaver and Reija Jean from BCAPOM discuss the origins of their organization, their advocacy during the pandemic rollout of safer supply, their process for supporting and uplifting people who use drugs, their values-based way to partner with institutions, and their vision for an expanded network of advocacy and access to opioid agonist therapy (OAT). Join to listen and learn to an interactive dialogue on safer supply.