My Life and Death on Opioids
In November 2017, The Walrus started working with Chris Willie on a memoir about his fentanyl addiction. While writing the article, Willie died from an overdose. This version of his story is published with his family’s approval
2017 Was Canada’s Worst Year yet for Overdose Deaths
A by-the-numbers look at the country’s skyrocketing opioid-overdose rates
Saying No to Drugs Isn’t an Answer to Addiction
Why one Ottawa doctor believes harm reduction is the most effective treatment for drug use
Rural Canada Faces its own Opioid Crisis
In remote Alberta, a person can go for days without seeing much of anyone. So what happens if you’re overdosing?
How Do We Protect Our Kids from the Opioid Crisis?
Why some parents want the power to involuntarily admit their children to treatment programs
The Case for Assisted Drug Injection
Helping users with their drugs may sound like a counterintuitive fix to the opioid crisis, but it can save lives
The Other Side of Fentanyl
I have terminal cancer, and without the powerful painkiller, I live in agony.
Produced by Lauren McKeon, Natalie Vineberg, and Angela Misri
Editing by Lauren McKeon, Daniel Viola, and Harley Rustad
Digital presentation by Angela Misri, Dmitry Benjaminov, and Judy Ziyi Gu
Art direction by Natalie Vineberg
Research by Amy Van Den Berg, Sebastian Leck, and Daina Goldfinger
Fact-checking by Viviane Fairbank, Allison Baker, Jonah Brunet, Nathaniel Basen, Erica Ngao, Seila Rizvic, Nicole Schmidt, Amy Van Den Berg, Sebastian Leck, Daina Goldfinger, and Allie Downham