Overdose Prevention Society

$31,577 of $50k goal

Raised by 377 people in 5 months
Sarah Blyth  Vancouver, BC
We are concerned frontline workers and volunteers that will not watch people die in our alleys while our government deals with red tape. 

Our Volunteers have CPR and Narcan training and are experienced in saving lives.

 We have set up a pop up harm reduction od prevention tent in a alley in the #DTES. We see over 100 people a day, we save lives every day.

 We need 100 dollars a day to operate for supplies, tents volunteer training, and cleaning. We can-not, will-not wait for government help.

We have hit a few road blocks along the way in receiving funding and supplies but we will operate no matter what happens until proper safe clean facilities are available to help our most vulnerable.

 It is not about the huge amount that you can’t do,  its about the little you can do and this is what we can do. Every donation will be met with a free donut or freezie at 501 Powell 10am -4pm on Saturdays at DTES Market.

Thank you for your support!

News

Via Travis Lupick Georgia Straight

Before 2015, the all-time high for illicit drug-overdose deaths in B.C. was set in 1998, when there were 400. In 2015, there were 494 fatal overdoses in the province. During the first eight months of 2016, there were 488, according to the B.C. Coroners Service. So far this year, fentanyl has been detected in about 60 percent of those deaths, up from 30 percent in 2015.

Here is my (Sarah Blyth,) Editorial in the Georgia Straight

http://www.straight.com/news/807836/sarah-blyth-its-time-politicians-stepped-address-overdose-crisis-more-people-die

Vancouver Sun

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/back-alley-tent-in-vancouver-offers-safety-for-addicts-in-bid-to-curb-overdoses

CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/pop-up-supervised-injection-tent-in-downtown-eastside-sees-steady-stream-of-users-1.3802469

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/narcan-essential-for-first-responders-says-former-park-commissioner-1.3400657

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/pop-up-injection-sites-surrey-1.3698260

French CBC

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/regions/colombie-britannique/2016/10/12/009-tente-injections-supervisee-downtown-eastside-toxicomanes.shtml

Georgia Straight

http://www.straight.com/news/792891/not-waiting-government-activists-offer-unsanctioned-services-drug-users-downtown


London Review Blog

http://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2016/10/06/anakana-schofield/vancouvers-fentanyl-crisis/

Vice

http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/this-back-alley-harm-reduction-tent-in-vancouver-isnt-asking-permission-to-operate
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Update 51
Posted by Sarah Blyth
12 days ago
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We continue to lose our friends and family members in this National Overdose Crisis that’s affecting people in every community across Canada. Tragically, too many people are leaving us before their time. Anna Lynette Chester was born on August 27, 1980 and passed away on January 22, 2017. Anna left behind a large family, including her nine children.This crisis disproportionately affects those who are already living in poverty. Not only do families have to mourn the loss of their family member, but they need to pay for funerals, memorials and other related expenses for very basic services.
If you want to help Anna's family with the expenses that would be much appreciated.
A Mother Tells Her Story
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Update 50
Posted by Sarah Blyth
1 month ago
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Overdose Response March Happening today meet at Openhiemer Park at 2 pm.
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Update 49
Posted by Sarah Blyth
1 month ago
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You are welcome to join us tomorrow at 62 East Hastings from 9:30 - 10:30 am to se what we are doing and to thank all of you for helping us save lives every day. We went from being a one man military style tent seeing folks in emergencies in our alley to witnessing on average 300 people daily. Our focus is to prevent overdoses from happening in the first place. Our hope is that we will move past this emergency situation and create more opportunities to give medication to our most vulnerable so that they don't end up relying on dealers who do not care if people live or die. Additionally we need more recovery opportunities for people to get well.
Thank You Event Tomorow at 62 E Hastings
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Update 48
Posted by Sarah Blyth
1 month ago
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Congrats to Nanaimo Overdose Prevention volunteers for pushing for the new facility that opened today it would have never happened without you!!
Inside Overdose Prevention Trailer
Trailer Was Set Up At Nanaimo City Hall
Here Is the Nurse That Made it Happen
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Mary Pat Smeltzer Thompson
5 months ago

Set up go fund me page, please.

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Kris Fringe
10 days ago

I am writing an article for The Westender in regards to a benefit show happening Friday, March 24th at The Biltmore Cabaret and want to direct folks to where they can help as well as where they can source more (useful) information. Does anyone know of official sites beyond what comes up in a simple Google search? Obviously, I have a link to this gofundme page in the piece.

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Ginger Mint
2 months ago

Do you still need volunteers? I have donated but would like to help out on the ground if possible. What can I do?

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Sarah Lavin
2 months ago

How can I volunteer, I am a paramedic with BCEHS.

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Anita Romaniuk
2 months ago

Glad to hear the VCH came through. Thank you for all you do, Sarah.

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Raul Mercado Gracia
4 months ago

Hi, I want to volunteer, please contact me!

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Anita Romaniuk
5 months ago

Thank you, Sarah, for what you do.

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Gary Thompson
5 months ago

Please stop with the mention of CPR for overdose, it's confusing people. rescue breathing essential then Naloxone continue rescue breathing. Ontario Public Health has taught tens of thousands all the signs of breathing emergency (drug OD) ad fin item. Then trained them to give chest compression's only that's the worst possible thing you could do to any of the hundreds of causes of breathing emergency. 234 Doctors, other health care professionals and myself signed a letter to Ontario's Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Health Dr. Eric Hoskins about this life threatening overdose intervention. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/letter-kathleen-wynne-dr-eric-hoskins-gary-thompson Majority of harm is happening to non OD's and no one says a word? My letter Emergency Medicine News Dec. 2015 'Flaws in Toronto's Opioid Overdose Prevention Program' Hyperlinks to Public Healths training literature here. http://journals.lww.com/em-news/Fulltext/2015/12000/Letter__Flaws_in_Toronto_s_Opioid_Overdose.14.aspx 70++ references from 2015 AHA & ILCOR guidelines on opioid overdose and comments https://aliascpr.wordpress.com/2015/12/13/2015-ilcor-and-aha-references-opioid-od/ Rescue breathing first line defense Share widely, stop needless suffering. These clinicians need counseling as they kill you all and you say nothing??

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$31,577 of $50k goal

Raised by 377 people in 5 months
Created October 10, 2016
$20
Anonymous
7 days ago
CL
$10
Chris Legare
11 days ago

You people are angels !

SL
$30
Shiu Kee Leung
12 days ago
JS
$25
James Strocel
12 days ago
$200
Anonymous
12 days ago
SB
$70
Sara Bynoe
14 days ago

On behalf of donations collected at Teen Angst Night, March 11 at the Fox Cabaret.

$100
Anonymous
17 days ago
EM
$50
Eugene McCann
24 days ago
PP
$5
Pamela Pracic
25 days ago
DB
$750
Doug Baker
27 days ago

In memory of Gerry Baker, who died of an overdose Feb 20. In many ways a good person, but a wasted life and a lost soul.

Mary Pat Smeltzer Thompson
5 months ago

Set up go fund me page, please.

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Kris Fringe
10 days ago

I am writing an article for The Westender in regards to a benefit show happening Friday, March 24th at The Biltmore Cabaret and want to direct folks to where they can help as well as where they can source more (useful) information. Does anyone know of official sites beyond what comes up in a simple Google search? Obviously, I have a link to this gofundme page in the piece.

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Ginger Mint
2 months ago

Do you still need volunteers? I have donated but would like to help out on the ground if possible. What can I do?

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Sarah Lavin
2 months ago

How can I volunteer, I am a paramedic with BCEHS.

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Anita Romaniuk
2 months ago

Glad to hear the VCH came through. Thank you for all you do, Sarah.

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Raul Mercado Gracia
4 months ago

Hi, I want to volunteer, please contact me!

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Anita Romaniuk
5 months ago

Thank you, Sarah, for what you do.

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Gary Thompson
5 months ago

Please stop with the mention of CPR for overdose, it's confusing people. rescue breathing essential then Naloxone continue rescue breathing. Ontario Public Health has taught tens of thousands all the signs of breathing emergency (drug OD) ad fin item. Then trained them to give chest compression's only that's the worst possible thing you could do to any of the hundreds of causes of breathing emergency. 234 Doctors, other health care professionals and myself signed a letter to Ontario's Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Health Dr. Eric Hoskins about this life threatening overdose intervention. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/letter-kathleen-wynne-dr-eric-hoskins-gary-thompson Majority of harm is happening to non OD's and no one says a word? My letter Emergency Medicine News Dec. 2015 'Flaws in Toronto's Opioid Overdose Prevention Program' Hyperlinks to Public Healths training literature here. http://journals.lww.com/em-news/Fulltext/2015/12000/Letter__Flaws_in_Toronto_s_Opioid_Overdose.14.aspx 70++ references from 2015 AHA & ILCOR guidelines on opioid overdose and comments https://aliascpr.wordpress.com/2015/12/13/2015-ilcor-and-aha-references-opioid-od/ Rescue breathing first line defense Share widely, stop needless suffering. These clinicians need counseling as they kill you all and you say nothing??

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