Carlyn Zwarenstein is the author of On Opium: Pain, Pleasure, and Other Matters of Substance (Goose Lane Editions 2021, ECW audiobook 2022), which examines pain, drug use, and what people need to be well – and how these play out under capitalism and prohibition. You can find her on Twitter at @CarlynZwaren, and at 

  • Dark purple and black ombre background with white stars. In the foreground are yellow pills and red and blue capsules across the length of the image. A range of objects are floating around the page which include (from left to right); a mask, a prescription bottle of pills, a handheld nebulizer, two cannabis buds, a joint, nasal spray, an asthma inhaler, and a needle.

    What we need to be well

    There’s a big overlap between communities of disabled people and illicit drug users. A safe supply of drugs should be considered a fundamental part of disability justice.