Press highlights and mentions of the MySafe Project and its people.
Due to the drastic increase in opioid–involved overdoses, British Columbia declared a public health emergency in 2016. Fentanyl was in town, contributing to thousands of deaths. The nationwide overdose crisis killed about 11 Canadians a day between January 2016 and September 2019. Something had to change, and an innovation pioneered by Dr. Mark Tyndall—helpful for any community impacted by poverty and drug-related problems, but more relevant than ever amid COVID-19 social distancing—represents an important step forward.
Vancouver — Canada’s Pacific province of British Columbia was already battling an opioid epidemic when the new coronavirus hit, compounding the threat to drug users, many of whom are homeless and particularly vulnerable during the pandemic.
MySafe scheme for addicts aims to help reduce overdose deaths in Canadian city
The MySafe machine is located on the same street as two of North America’s first supervised approaches to harm reduction. Insite allows drug users to inject their own substances, while Crosstown provides between 100 and 120 people with medical grade heroin they inject several times daily.