As the election approaches, we can expect the assault on harm reduction to grow and metastasize as a lurid wedge issue, fed from Conservative Canada’s deep well of racism and anti-poor resentment. And while Poilievre reaps electoral gains from fanning the flames of the drug war, those whose lives depend on harm reduction services will face dire, deadly consequences.

UBC medical student Elaine Hu speaks on the need for safe supply in the context of a formal public health emergency in BC that has killed 13,000 people since 2016. Speaking at the Jan. 16 2024 Rally for the Drug User Liberation Front (DULF), Hu also addressed the limits of a medical-only model for ending the drug toxicity crisis.