'It's coming': Lessons from Vancouver in Canada's opioid crisis
It’s 8:30 p.m. on a chilly, West Coast evening and Jessica is dancing in an alley.
In a squeaky, childish voice she twirls and twirls. Nonsense pours from her mouth. Her thin jacket is a blur of red against a grey concrete wall covered by graffiti.
“I talked to one user, about a month ago, who came in on an overdose and I started to tell him about the risks,” recalls Dr. Dan Kalla, the head of the emergency room at St. Paul’s Hospital, which handles most of the overdose cases in the region.
Emma Jarratt, Brian Mellersh and Jon Woodward report
Tiko Kerr, Vancouver Artist and patient of Dr. Julio Montaner