September 16 2022
Drug User Activist Distribute Community Regulated Cocaine, Heroin, and Methamphetamine in Response to July Overdose Numbers – “The Horror, The Horror”
DULF and VANDU press on with DoA Program, Lawsuit Against Health Canada, and Evaluative Compassion Club and Fulfillment Centre
Vancouver, BC – 3.5 grams of each community regulated cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine, 10.5 grams total, has been distributed to commemorate the 192 British Columbians who died of overdose in July 2022. This is the ninth such distribution of drugs, and part of DULF’s Dope On Arrival Program. By giving away a regulated supply of drugs, the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) and the Drug User Liberation Front (DULF) continue to demonstrate the life-saving potential of a community-led response to the overdose crisis.
This distribution was also held in celebration of the second month of operation of DULF’s Compassion Club and Fulfilment Centre, which has sold over 250 grams of community regulated cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, without a single overdose, either fatal or non-lethal. Despite the tremendous amount of death, and band-aid solutions given to drug users, the DULF and VANDU continue to push back against the failed regime of prohibition, the lack of regulation of the illicit drug market, and the tide of blood flooding the Downtown Eastside.
"We train our youth to respond to the pallid hell of overdose. But our government won’t respond to the health crisis because they consider any tangible solution obscene."
Eris Nyx, DULF Co-Founder
In the face of bureaucratic stagnation, and lack of tangible access to a licit supply of drugs, the DULF and VANDU continue to press on in the Supreme Court, after submitting an application for Judicial Review on August 26 in response to their Section 56 Exemption rejection, a rejection that does not address the section 7 or 15 charter rights of Canadians, and remains based on ignorant risk analysis. Ultimately, the DULF and VANDU remain resolute in their perseverance against the failure of prohibition, and know that the Community Led Compassion Club model of drug regulation can, and does, save lives.