Brandy Payne, associate minister of health in Alberta, spoke at a news conference on Wednesday. She announced that, as of Friday, take-home naloxone kits will be available at pharmacies without prescription. Naloxone is a medication that blocks the effects of opioids. When administered correctly and in a timely manner it prevents overdose. Payne discussed the high rate of fentanyl overdoses in Alberta during recent years.
Harm Reduction organizers and service providers in Montreal have long wondered when such a program will be made available within Quebec. I spoke to Sara Martin, Program Coordinator for the Street Work Project at Head & Hands in Montreal.
[Sara Martin Sound Bite]
On a day when George Zimmerman murderer of 17 year old Trayvon Martin is making headlines, it feels important to recentre the voices of Black community organizers who tirelessly fight against racist police targeting and ongoing murders within their communities at the hands of police.
We must remind ourselves that police killings and racial profiling within the Black community is closer to home than some might think. Janaya Khan co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto spoke to this at the Global Women’s Strike Conference in 2015.
[Janaya Khan Sound Bite]
Here in Montreal, Montreal Noir and Montreal North Republik call for an end to racial profiling tactics by SPVM police towards visible minorities. Robyn Maynard, an organizer with Montreal Noir spoke to the Montreal Gazette on April 20th.
[Robyn Maynard Sound Bite]
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