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Cheque day in the Downtown Eastside

from Globe and Mail

Deirdre is leaning against an alley wall, prepping a needle full of crystal methamphetamine that could be contaminated with fentanyl. She and a friend have paused to cheer as an employee of a nearby needle exchange rushes over to revive an overdosing man. "Breathe bro, breeeeathe!" another bystander shouts as he gently slaps the man's blue face while the employee preps oxygen and a syringe of naloxone that can reverse the deadly effects of opioids. A small team of firefighters and paramedics take over. The first responders believe the man — Justin — is the one they revived in the same spot a day earlier. more


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