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ICU doctor explores the links between the opioid and housing crises

Opening a recent article in The Walrus, Kevin Patterson evoked the Nanaimo of a few decades ago.

What he described sounds in many ways rougher than what you might picture today. A resource economy in decline, unemployment passing twelve per cent, and jokes about Hell’s Angels and Nanaimo Bars seeming not too far from reality.

But the Vancouver Island ICU doctor writes that “even as unemployment has fallen and mean income risen, in the centre of the city, there is a more visible and abject agony than was seen when unemployment was four times as high.”

Patterson joined People First Radio to explore the links between the opioid crisis and the housing crisis.

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