There will be book launch tour dates across Canada, to learn more visit: overdosebook.ca or https://www.safesupply.ca/events
You don’t usually see us recommend books written by Stephen Harper’s criminal justice advisers, but this book will force mainstream Canada to confront their prejudices about people who use drugs and understand the absolute necessity of harm reduction services.
Indeed, Ben Perrin identifies as someone who formerly shared the ignorant and harmful views of our former Prime Minister. His new book, Overdose: Heartbreak and Hope in Canada’s Opioid Crisis gets a very important message out to people that are ideologically opposed to harm reduction.
Perrin takes efforts to understand the crisis and its necessary solutions, and its recommendations were reviewed by people with lived experience, including CASS cofounder Jordan Westfall.
This book is needed. We have to communicate to people of all political stripes about the severity of the overdose crisis, and enlighten those that may be misinformed about harm reduction.
Perrin’s book provides the reader with vital lessons on how to communicate to the four major blocks of voters that make up the Conservative Party. For those of us with conservative family or friends, the book serves as a tool to educate and build the movement toward the decriminalization of people who use drugs.
It’s a timely book, and will be released on March 31st, 2020, while the Conservative Party of Canada searches for a new leader, and hopefully, a new approach to drug policy.