Cheque Day in the Downtown Eastside (Dr. Brian Lahiffe and Dr. Keith Ahamad)

Deirdre is leaning against an alley wall, prepping a needle full of crystal methamphetamine that could be contaminated with fentanyl. She and a friend have paused to cheer as an employee of a nearby needle exchange rushes over to revive an overdosing man.

“Breathe bro, breeeeathe!” another bystander shouts as he gently slaps the man’s blue face while the employee preps oxygen and a syringe of naloxone that can reverse the deadly effects of opioids.

This, says Brian Lahiffe, a staff physician in ER, is about as quiet as it gets.

The Globe and Mail reports

Read the full story here