Lenae Silva

I have been a heroin addict for 16 years now. Im part of the hidden users, people who go to work, maintain a home, pretend we are living a normal life. It's like there is two of me. I use to treat PTSD, depression and anxiety so I CAN maintain a normal life. I have become an advocate and a harm reduction worker over the past 2 years. It has allowed me to become open with my use but at the same time is incredibly exhausting. I've lost more friends to drug poisonings than I care to think about. Honestly, its a wonder I'm still here. That's why I enjoy my new work. I can help people and change the policies that are killing us.

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Residence: Nanaimo, BC
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