Love in the Time of Fentanyl
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As deaths in Vancouver, Canada reach an all-time high, the Overdose Prevention Society opens its doors—a renegade supervised drug consumption site that employs active and former drug users. Its staff and volunteers do whatever it takes to save lives and give hope to a marginalized community in this intimate documentary that looks beyond the stigma of people who use fentanyl and other drugs.
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- Julie Driver
- Rob Keenan
- Dr. Kyle Patton
“Dr. Kyle Patton is a street medicine doctor and the Medical Director of the HOPE Program at Shasta Community Health Center in Redding California. He has his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Utah and graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2015. He trained in Family Medicine in Fort Worth Texas at the John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency program where he served a diverse, underserved patient population. He also completed a supplemental Street Medicine Fellowship where he learned full scope primary care on the street to people experiencing homelessness. Dr. Patton’s diverse skill set and strong belief to “meet people where they are at” helps him be viewed as a resource and an advocate by the patients on the street. Dr. Patton believes strongly in operating a harm reduction, client focused program here at SCHC.”
- Raven Hoopes
Raven Hoopes is a Harm Reduction Specialist and the Complex Care Coordinator at Hill Country Health & Wellness Center in Redding, CA. They have been working in harm reduction and disease prevention since 1997. From Youth Street Outreach Worker to Executive Director, I have dedicated my entire adulthood to harm reduction work. My start in this work begins at 17 years old, with The RAVEN Project in Eureka, CA; at which time I was an unsheltered, substance using youth. I continued that start into San Francisco, working with Youth Industry to employ and lift the voices of unsheltered youth; then into Redding where I assisted in developing the HOPE Van, a mobile medical clinic and street outreach effort. I spent over 10 years in Sacramento CA with Harm Reduction Services, serving every role from street outreach to case manager, program manager to Executive Director; providing syringe services, disease testing, and more. As a trainer in harm reduction and overdose prevention, I have had the pleasure of training UC Davis medical students and staff, Sacramento State University nursing students, community members, law enforcement, and more. Recently, I returned to rural Shasta County, taking steps to elevate harm reduction in an FQHC setting. I attribute my survival and success to harm reduction, which speaks to my deep passion and dedication for this work.
- Susan Foster
Susie Foster, a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, has been treating patients at Hill Country Health and Wellness Center since August 2011 and has been the Chief Medical Officer since 2016. As Chief Medical Officer at Hill Country, Susie has played an integral role in implementing and sustaining multiple Complex Care programs to wrap additional case management and clinician support around vulnerable patients in the community. The most robust of these programs is the Medications for Addiction Treatment program, where patients with substance use disorders are treated with a variety of medications, customized to their situation and needs. Before studying to be a Nurse Practitioner, Susie worked for 6 years as a Pediatric and Emergency Room nurse in Redding. Susie has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in Nursing with specialization as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Sonoma State University. Susie has traveled to Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sierra Leone to work in medical clinics delivering healthcare, including Ebola treatment to underserved villages.
- Jill Phillips
Jill Phillips has 25 years of experience helping rural communities work together to address local challenges. In 2021, Jill began working with Shasta County to form the Shasta Substance Use Coalition. Comprised of 40+ participants, the Coalition is working to reduce the harms associated with substance use in Shasta County by aligning the work of a those involved with prevention, harm reduction, treatment, recovery, and enforcement. Coalition goals are to: •Reduce harmful substance use and overdose related deaths •Increase community awareness and understanding of substance use disorder •Increase opportunities to engage individuals in treatment •Promote timely access to evidence-based treatments •Enhance access to individual and family recovery support
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