If you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, there's no progress. If you pull it all the way out that's not progress. Progress is healing the wound that the blow made. And they haven't even pulled the knife out much less heal the wound. They won't even admit the knife is there.
ABOUT DOPE ON ARRIVAL GIVEAWAY PROGRAM
Using funds from our sustainer donor campaign, a safe supply of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine (CHM) is being given out for free to Vancouver drug user groups, who have signed onto DULF's SUAP and Section 56 Exemption, each time the BC Corner Data is released relating to Illicit Drug Toxicity Deaths.
These actions demonstrates the life-saving potential of a community-led response to the overdose crisis in Canada as a necessary alternative to prohibition and the unregulated drug supply. The distributed drugs are tested via mass spectrometry, FTIR spectrometry, and immunoassay, and are free of fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, benzodiazepines, and many other harmful adulterants. Our goal is to show that compassion clubs - user-organized programs to distribute safe access to drugs - are a common sense and rational response to drug poisoning deaths, and that the community of people who use drugs and their allies are willing to take the idea of safe supply from rhetoric to reality.
Ultimaetly, the DULF Compassion Club Model aims to move the use of drugs outside of police-orientated and medicalized spheres to address it from a social standpoint. A true “safe supply” constitutes presently illegal drugs, sold legally, with a predictable content and consistency. Our model is not prescriber-based for the same reason it is generally beyond the bounds of the Hippocratic Oath for a doctor to prescribe a bottle of scotch; a doctor is there to tend to your physical health according to their discipline. Moreover, we agree that chaotic patterns of substance use have harmful outcomes for users. Public education and reducing trauma in our communities are critical factors to keeping rates of chaotic use down, but the forces perpetuating such trauma are systemic and any real change will take many years. In the meantime, drug users are dying - year after year - at rates that exceed the ravages of COVID-19 even at its height.
We call on every leader in British Columbia and Canada to listen to people who use drugs and live up to their responsibility to stop the drug war’s senseless cycle of death. Our demands are the following:
All levels of government must immediately fund programs for safe and accessible supplies of all drugs, including cocaine, heroin, and crystal meth, by directly listening to user groups and people who use drugs.
All levels of government must immediately develop an accessible legal framework that decriminalizes, licenses, funds, and provides facility spaces for heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine compassion clubs.
All government commissions on drug policy, safe supply, and decriminalization must include meaningful representation from drug user groups. Nothing about us without us.
It is with profound frustration and unimaginable grief, we share this message to provincial and federal government officials: Step up and address the issues that are killing us or allow us access to the resources and funds to do it ourselves, outside of the constraints of this discriminatory structure.