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Smokey D. Battles Vancouver’s Fentanyl Crisis with Art

Photo: Aaron Bastin / 604 Now Flickr Pool

Call it a crisis, epidemic or social injustice – its Vancouver’s fentanyl overdose problem. It’s a life or death issue pinching the entire province by the throat. Aside from bike lanes and real estate prices, it’s also a hot-button political topic.

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The illicit-drug death toll keeps rising from fentanyl-laced street drugs. Last year, graffiti artist Smokey D. lost his girlfriend to a fentanyl OD – adding to his long list of lost friends. The Downtown Eastside artist has been painting memorials, murals and poet insight of sorts throughout the alleyways.

For the average passerby, the artwork may serves as a glimpse into the reality of the crisis in the DTES. For the local community, the artwork serves as a somber reminder of the lives lost and a dose of motivation not to be another name in an alleyway:

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