How Crosstown Clinic helped a Vancouver city council candidate get his life back
Submitted by Elaine Yong, Senior Communications Specialist, Communications & Public Affairs
He'll be the first to say he isn't like any other candidate running for city council in Vancouver's upcoming municipal election. He doesn't wear suits. He's not a lawyer or CEO. He has never dabbled in politics before. But what Gerald 'Spike' Peachey does have in droves is lived experience involving some of the city's most pressing issues.
As Spike sits at a table in the patient waiting area of Providence Health Care's Crosstown Clinic - the place he credits with saving his life - he bluntly says, "Crosstown gave me my life back. When I came here, I was at the end of my rope, waiting to die. I didn't know how long I could continue."
For seven years now, Spike has come to Crosstown up to three times a day for a dose of prescription heroin, also known as diacetylmorphine. It's the only treatment that has ever worked to control his pain and subsequent chronic substance use disorder.
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