An "important book, the best yet on the crisis . . . Attitudes about drug use and drug users are changing. More people are coming to see what Perrin calls a clear moral wrong: ‘The injustice of unmercifully judging and punishing people who are using drugs in an attempt to get relief from the pain in their lives.’ His book should help hasten that welcome change.”
“Overdose is a necessary and searching investigation into a devastating epidemic that should never have happened. Benjamin Perrin painstakingly shows that it need not continue if we, as a society, heed the evidence.”
“In Overdose, we walk the streets with the author and meet law enforcement officers, healthcare providers, former users, and activists. Along the way, we overcome any prejudice we may have toward the opioid crisis and its victims. Using empirical research, Perrin guides us through the ramifications of the complex problem of the opioid crisis and looks at ways forward. A real eye-opener.”
“A brilliantly argued chronicle of the opioid crisis, Overdose is beautifully written and impeccably researched. Equally moving, informative, and persuasive, it makes a crucial contribution to the national debate on how we deal with illicit drugs in our society—a clarion call to end the failed war on drugs and instead adopt a compassionate evidence-based approach that emphasizes ‘safe supply’, and decriminalization for illicit drug users.”
“We are in a national health emergency, but government will not say so. These are not ‘overdose’ deaths as much as they are poisonings. The current approach is failing. For anyone who wants to understand this crisis, who can, like Perrin, keep an open mind, I urge you to read Overdose.”
“Overdose is an eye-opening examination of why it is important to dump old stereotypes about substance use. Perrin masterfully describes how his past beliefs about how to deal with the problems—which were grounded in criminalization and punishment—have drastically changed. This is a crisis that demands our attention. And this excellent, highly readable, and thoroughly researched book is a great place to start.”
“If you are a skeptic, as Perrin once was, of progressive public policy to address the opioid crisis, then this matter-of-fact, evidence-based account is a must read. As Canadians, we must address this crisis with care, compassion, understanding, and concrete action. We all have a role to play.”
"A powerful indictment of Canada’s current policies toward illegal drugs…Perrin’s book is an excellent popular primer on the issues associated with drugs in Canada and more intensely in B.C. ... Perrin is surely right."
“Overdose is incisive, compelling and powerful. It is as clear and clinical an indictment of the failed policy of drug prohibition as I've seen. This book shows that evidence and compassion can be reconciled in this critical public issue. More importantly, it proves that they must be."
“A bold, informed about-face from Stephen Harper’s former drug policy advisor. It should have thousands of pre-orders from every municipality and first-responders’ union in Canada. Thousands more should be ordered for MPs, MLAs, and their staffers, with enough extra to supply voters concerned about drugs as well."
“a compelling case for an end to Canada's war on drugs...written from an unexpected vantage point"
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