Jan. 8, 2023 – From the mayor’s office to the heart of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, ABC7 News meets those trying to solve the drug overdose crisis and those caught in addiction.

We hit the streets, speaking with drug users in alleys and parks, including a former mechanic who was prescribed oxycodone for a work-related injury – now addicted to fentanyl. We also talk to a young man helping a friend shoot up, who shares his own challenges in trying to get off street drugs and a gang member who’s been on the streets since his teens reveals a handful of scars from gunshot wounds – still numbing the pains of the past with opioids.

We meet a mother in recovery who narrowly escaped death and a former drug user who once sold her body to feed her addiction – now helping those in treatment. She shares her story, including the moment she saved her former pimp’s life. And, one man describes his journey to recovery after accessing Insite more than 4,000 times.