They had access to a safe supply as health-care workers. That’s why they want the same for others – CBC

‘What do you do in emergencies? You triage. Let’s start by keeping people alive’: community pharmacist

Jun 15, 2023

Corey Williams, 37, was an emergency room nurse for nine years. There, he encountered trauma and stress that, over time, took a toll on him.

He turned to hydromorphone, an opioid often used in hospital settings, to help him cope.

“Anyone who’s ever worked in an emergency department is aware that narcotics are readily available — they’re sitting on the counter right in front of you and under a state of anxiety, it’s just that easy to pick up a vial,” he said.

Williams, who lives in Mission, B.C., acknowledges that he had access to a safe supply of drugs, a supply that wasn’t poisoned with unknown substances that could kill him, unlike so many people living with addiction and forced to buy drugs on the street.

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