Responding to Death & Darkness
When frontline workers respond to the opioid epidemic/poisonings, they are experiencing tragic deaths. This is very different from death as a part of life, where it can be meaningful and dignified. It is important for workers to differentiate between death from overdoses and death as a part of life, and to map our cultural, spiritual, familial, family of choice’s and social networks’ responses to death.
In this video, Vikki Reynolds speaks with Sacha Médiné, Cori Kelly & Tara Taylor about practices of responding to the tragic deaths from the opioid catastrophe that are accurately described by Donald MacPherson, ED of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, as deaths by bad drug policy, thus they are political deaths.