VIDEO: Vancouver Police seize cannabis from DTES overdose prevention site

Sep 15 2018, 3:30 am

On Friday afternoon, Vancouver police raided an opioid substitution site set up in the Downtown Eastside market.

Sarah Blyth, founder of the Overdose Prevention Society (OPS) and High Hopes Foundation, caught the incident on camera.

Blyth can be heard telling the officers, “good for you guys taking opiate replacement for people,” who answer, “marijuana is still illegal, Sarah.”

VPD tweeted that no one claimed ownership of the cannabis so it was taken to police property for disposal.

In 2017, opioid overdoses killed nearly 4,000 Canadians, almost of third of which were in BC.

High Hopes is a harm reduction effort that provides access to cannabis as an alternative to opioids and pain management in Vancouver’s most at-risk neighbourhood.

According to Health Canada’s Canadian Cannabis Survey 2017, 72% of 9,215 respondents who used medical cannabis said it helped to decrease their use of other medications.

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