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Peer harm reduction workers move to unionize in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (BCCSU)

Peer harm reduction workers move to unionize in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Photo credit: Lethbridge News Nows)

VANCOUVER — When the overdose crisis struck British Columbia four years ago, Dave Apsey was among a small group of people in a unique position to respond.

As a drug user who helped open a needle exchange in 2003, Apsey said he knows first-hand about addiction and is trusted in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside as a member of the community. His position as a peer enabled him to respond to more than 2,000 overdoses.

Dean Wilson started volunteering before working a few hours per week for a stipend. He reached full employment with the B.C. Centre on Substance Use and has a small contract with PHS.

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