Vancouver police say they don’t plan to change the way officers patrol the Downtown Eastside (DTES) despite a new study suggesting the force’s policing practices are negatively impacting overdose risk in the community.
The study, released Wednesday by researchers from the B.C. Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and the University of British Columbia, says policing practices in the DTES may actually be increasing overdose risks.
BCCSU research scientist Ryan McNeil said the root problem is that drug users feel intimidated and harassed by police.
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