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Dr. Peter Ferentzy, PhD Crackhead speaks on Ending Drug Prohibition and Emancipating the Addict – the Last Frontier in a Struggle for Enlightenment in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

January 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Peter Ferentzy holds a Ph.D. in Social and Political Thought from York University. His dissertation is a historical sociology of the origins and recent development of the modern concept of addiction with an emphasis on how it has interacted with ideas about mental illness and compulsions in general.

Dr. Ferentzy has studied and written extensively on Gamblers Anonymous, as well as other issues related to pathological gambling. His two most recently completed studies involve: 1.  The history of ideas related to addiction with an emphasis on problem gambling wherein special attention is paid to the role of metaphoric conceptualization in the construction of scientific discourse; 2.  A street level, ethnographic study of gambling patterns among crack users in downtown Toronto. 

Peter Ferentzy is a recovering drunk and a recovering crackhead. He knows this topic from the gutter right up to the halls of academe. After losing two friends to overdose, and seeing clearly that in each case the governing approach to addiction was the cause, Peter wrote Dealing with Addiction — Why the 20th Century was Wrong. Peter wants to change things, and is arrogant enough to believe that he can.

Please see more at Peter’s website and book

Knowledge Exchange on Homelessness and Health in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

November 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Welcome and blessing: Sam George

Dr Stephen Hwang – Research Scientist at the Centre for Research on Innet City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital “Canadian Crisis – the Hidden Cost of Homelessness”

Dr. Anita Palepu – UBC Associate Member, General Internal Medicine

Tom Laviolette – Director of Project Development, PHS Community Services Society

Laura Cowan – Executive Director, Street Health Community Nursing Foundation, Toronto

Michael Shapcott – Wellesley Institute, Toronto

 Sean Spear – Associate Director, RainCity Housing

 Meghan Thumath – Vancouver Coastal Health Clinical Practice Initiatives Lead, HIV/AIDS “Impact on Homelessness on HIV/AIDS and Approaches to Care and Treatment”

 Craig Crawford (Acting) Vice President of Operations, BC Housing

 Dr Bruce MacLaurin – Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, U of C “Preventing Homelessness: Developing the Homelessness Asset & Risk Tool (HART) Bruce MacLaurin on behalf of the HART Research Team”

Wendy Muckle – Executive Director, Ottawa Inner City Health “Understanding What Works – Breaking Down Barriers to Housing and Healthy Living for Women

Liz Evans – Executive Director, PHS Community Services Society “SIS: Fight for Change

NAOMI RESEARCH SURVIVORS: EXPERIENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

November 9, 2011 Leave a comment

NAOMI RESEARCH SURVIVORS: EXPERIENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

08 November · 19:00 – 20:30

Location

World Art Centre, 2nd Floor, SFU Woodward’s Campus, 149 West Hastings, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

NAOMI HEROIN ASSISTED TREATMENT RESARCH SURVIVORS: EXPERIENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

 

In January 2011, Dave Murray organized a group of participants from the NAOMI heroin assisted treatment research study in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

The NAOMI Patients Association (NPA) meets every Saturday at Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU). Shortly after NPA began to meet, they decided to work towards conducting their own research about their experiences as NAOMI research subjects. They were particularly interested in recording their experiences during and following NAOMI and making recommendations for future heroin and drug substitution research experiments and programs.

Being the only contemporary “research participants” in North America to receive heroin maintenance, they believe that they have unique knowledge about the NAOMI projectand its impact on the lives of those addicted.

The recommendations for future projects and programs are drawn from lived experiences.

The following presentation draws from these focus groups and NPA meetings.

Panel presenters:

Chair: Donald MacPherson, Director of Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, former City of Vancouver Drug Policy Coordinator

Panel:

Dave Murray, founder of NPA

Dianne Tobin, Vice-President of VANDU and member of NPA

Jewl Chapman, Member of VANDU and NPA

Susan Boyd, Professor, University of Victory, drug policy researcher

 

Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA meets Donald MacPherson of Canadian Drug Policy Coaliton (CDPC) in Vancouver

October 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA and Donald MacPherson of Canadian Drug Policy (CDPC) share a smile together in Vancouver!

Donald is drug policy change agent that believes a new paradigm is necessary that puts human rights, saving lives and public health first

CDPC is a broad based network of organizations, associations and individuals working together to develop drug policy and legislation based on evidence, human rights, social inclusion and public health in Canada.

Historical Day of Legal Victory for InSite! Supreme Court of Canada allows InSite to stay Open in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

October 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Historical Day for InSite! Supreme Court of Canada allows InSite to stay Open in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

“WE WON!!!!”

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