Peer support workers on front lines of the OD crisis need support too: Experts (BCCSU)

Trey Helten has known almost every one of the 50 or so people he has treated for overdoses on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside since February.

As a former heroin and methamphetamine user who lived in the neighbourhood for three years before getting clean and returning “to do something positive,” he's one of many peer support volunteers and workers playing a vital role in stemming the overdose crisis that has devastated the province.

Dr. Ryan McNeil, a researcher at the BC Centre on Substance Use and an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia's department of medicine, said he has been involved in studies interviewing 200 drug users since December 2016.

Amy Smart reports

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