The human side of Ottawa’s fentanyl crisis – CBC

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Oct 23, 2023

It’s 10:45 a.m. on a Tuesday in downtown Ottawa.

There’s a man convulsing on Rideau Street and a small crowd gathers around to help while others walk by.

Another man watches the scene unfold while he injects himself in the leg, hurriedly, amid the sounds of approaching sirens.

It’s a scene unfolding repeatedly across Ottawa and throughout the country.

Users who live on the streets see their peers dying this way almost every day. Front-line workers blame an increasingly toxic supply.

It’s a life Jessica Currie couldn’t have imagined for herself when she was younger. She said she’s taken courses in graphic design and loves photography — she’s an artist at heart.

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