Exploring the limits of our current laws around mandating treatment from substances and the human rights of drug users.
Should the Province explore mandating treatment for those with severe and persistent addictions who are homeless and causing social discord? What other options are available in the face of this community crisis? Our story explores the growing tensions between municipalities and the Province over how to address homelessness and addictions in communities across BC. The government has responded to this epidemic by creating over 2000 supportive housing units but emotions are running high among business and neighbourhood groups. Some believe the solution is to have those with addictions and living without homes to enter into rehabilitation programs and not be supported with harm reduction resources instead. Is the resolution found in exploring the conflict between human rights & social order?
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As the Executive Producer of Mastermind Studios in Kamloops, BC and a long time business person in this city I’m at the intersection of the business community and not-for-profit agencies struggling to deal with this crisis and I’m a patient myself that has had to rely on the use of opioids to help mitigate pain and pain management issues.”
Bob Hughes is the Executive Director of ASK Wellness Society and has been fighting at the forefront of the addiction and homelessness crisis for over a decade. Bob will not only be a host, but offer data, experience, and an involved perspective on the subjects of Dead To Rights.
Dr. Ian Mitchell is an emergency room physician and the Medical Director of the Kamloops Overdose Prevention sites. He will offer a medical perspective from the eyes of dealing with addicted individuals in their worst moments.
Ken is a former teacher, and will offer a perspective from the Municipal level on how bad the issue is here & what the city is currently dealing with to address it.
Terry is also about to begin another political run in the next election. He will be able to offer a unique look at the problems both Kamloops and the Province are facing with homelessness and addiction.
Kim works directly on the front lines for ASK Wellness and deals with the exact populations Dead To Rights will be focusing on. She will be able to offer insight from a very intimate perspective.
Shawn, as a former Corrections Officer with the Department of Corrections, will be able to provide a criminal justice system perspective, which is currently one of the only mandatory approaches to dealing with hopelessly addicted individuals.