The grey area in the overdose crisis from the First Nations Health Council Grand Chief

Patricia Daly | January 4th, 2017

Grand Chief Doug Kelly was instrumental in the establishment of the First Nations Health Authority in BC, and is the Chair of the First Nations Health Council and the Tribal Chief and President of the Stó:lō Tribal Council. Here he shares with us his own journey to understanding the importance of harm reduction, and reminds us of the role that childhood and intergenerational trauma, including the legacy of residential schools, plays in addiction. As we cope with the ongoing opioid overdose crisis, we can all heed his thoughtful recommendations to support our staff, promote harm reduction, and reduce stigma in our communities.

Click here for the article on the FNHA website!

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Dr. Patty Daly is chief medical health officer and vice president of public health as well as a clinical professor in the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. Patty writes about public health issues. View all posts by Patty.

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