URGENT APPEAL: Supporting people who use drugs and frontline workers during COVID-19

Caught in the crosshairs of this unprecedented disaster are people who use drugs and the frontline harm reduction and healthcare workers who support them

We’re now witnessing two public health crises collide: the devastating COVID-19 pandemic and the unrelenting drug poisoning crisis that is causing so many deaths. Caught in the crosshairs of this unprecedented disaster are people who use drugs and the frontline harm reduction and healthcare workers who support them. Unlike many of us, they do not have the option to stay home and self-isolate, because many may not have a home, and others are performing critical work saving lives each and every day.

During this time of crisis, let’s help the people saving lives in desperate need of support. We’ve selected five organizations across Canada you can assist through donations of supplies and money. Please give where you can.

AIDS Saskatoon

This life-saving organization provides education, advocacy, support and outreach services for people living with and affected by HIV, AIDS and Hepatitis C in central and northern Saskatchewan. Donate here.

Vancouver Overdose Prevention Society (Vancouver, BC)

You can donate to the Vancouver Overdose Prevention Society here. The Overdose Prevention Society is in need of thermometers, soap, baby wipes, vitamins, and healthy food.

Toronto Overdose Prevention Society (Toronto, ON)

The Toronto Overdose Prevention Society accepts donations through their gofundme link or by direct e-transfer to odpreventionsite@gmail.com. They are also in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) – gloves, face masks, and hand sanitizer.

Boyle Street Community Services (Edmonton, AB)

Since 1971, Boyle Street Community Services has been supporting people experiencing homelessness and poverty in Edmonton. You can donate to them online here.

Turning Point Society (Red Deer, AB)

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For over 30 years, Turning Point Society has been responding to the health needs of communities using a harm reduction approach. The organization is in urgent need of masks and hand sanitizer. You can also give online here.

Other Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp relief the flaws in our system of laws and policies around marginalized communities. At this time of crisis, please keep the health and wellbeing of those on the frontlines and individuals without shelter and resources in your hearts. 

Stay safe, and please give generously where you can.

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