On the Front Lines

How community organizations and their staff are coping

On the Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis

Life-saving staff and volunteers at front line community organizations are experiencing high levels of stress, trauma and burnout from the deadly opioid crisis.

Our 2017 community report shows that more support is needed from other foundations, government and the broader community to begin solving the crisis.

Central City Foundation conducted in-depth interviews in 2017 with 29 leaders of essential community service organizations in the inner city. All reported that the opioid epidemic is straining their operations, their staff and their clients.

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The size and magnitude of the opioid crisis is staggering.

“Our staff are doing the real frontline work every single day. They are there before the first responders, and they are there after the first responders leave, and we are supposed to be doing this for a fraction of what they have.”

– Mebrat Beyene, Wish Drop In Centre Society

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More than 71 per cent of organizations say the opioid crisis is having a direct impact on staff and clients.

The City of Vancouver recorded over 6,000 Overdose Response Calls as of December 7, 2017

1,103 Illicit drug overdose deaths in the first 9 months of 2017 in British Columbia

There were no deaths at supervised consumption or drug overdose prevention sites.

Download our full community report now

Learn about what community organizations are doing and what additional support is needed from other foundations, government and the broader community to solve the crisis.


You will also receive periodic email updates from Central City Foundation. Your privacy is important to us.
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