Reviews

“The story of the Downtown Eastside is one of the most inspiring, moving, and enraging stories of our time. This beautiful and haunting book finally does it justice. This is essential history―and it isn’t over.” ― Johann Hari, author, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War On Drugs

Fighting for Space is a colourful, fast-paced, well-researched account of the unique circumstances, tragic and inspiring events, and the courageously maverick characters that established Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside as North America’s harm-reduction capital. Also ranging across the continent, from Ohio to California to Florida, Travis Lupick’s fascinating book should help inform a more rational understanding of addictions treatment and drug policies everywhere.” ― Gabor Maté M.D., author, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction

“Travis Lupick has covered the overdose crisis from its earliest stages, and he’s done so with passion and compassion. His articles have helped push an invisible health crisis into the spotlight, and forced public-health officials, policy-makers, and politicians to act. In Fighting for Space, Lupick expands and enriches his journalistic work with much needed context, helping readers understand how and why the overdose crisis occurred, why cities like Vancouver are hit particularly hard, and why even the skeptical have come to embrace harm reduction. But perhaps his greatest achievement is that this is ultimately an uplifting tale about a community, the Downtown Eastside, kept alive by street-level heroes.  Other cities in the grips of the opioids crisis can, and should, learn from their stories.” ― André Picard, health columnist, the Globe and Mail; author, Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada

“This is an important book to read at a time when the opioid epidemic is killing a staggering number of people across North America. Travis Lupick expertly illustrates how the marginalized yet determined residents of Vancouver’s tiny Downtown Eastside fought for harm-reduction services that would ultimately save many lives―a crucial lesson other North American cities can learn during this deadly crisis.” ― Lori Culbert, reporter, the Vancouver Sun; coauthor, A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the Fight for its Future

More to come.