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The Decline

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Catalogue Number:  EFDI00
Producer:  Event Film Distribution Inc.
Subject:  Canadian Social Issues, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, Guidance, Health and Medicine, Psychology, Social Issues, Social Sciences
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2020
Running Time:  96:20


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Investigates the ever-growing overdose epidemic in North America.

In 2015 German director/producer Uwe Boll opened Bauhaus Restaurant in the historic Gastown neighbourhood bordering the infamous downtown eastside that became the centre of the Vancouver opioid crisis and known for drug use, poverty, crime, mental illness, prostitution, and homelessness. Having a business in the area gave Uwe a close look at the rapid neighbourhood decline. Since 2016 shortly after opening his restaurant, there was a record number of opioid-related overdoses deaths, over 1,376 deaths reported in Vancouver centre, 3,600 in BC, and more than 13,900 across Canada. In this documentary, we look at the ever-growing overdose epidemic plaguing Vancouver and many other North American cities. With no apparent solutions and increasing overdoses, society is desperate for action. This film looks to unravel the complex and intersecting problems of mental illness, homelessness, addiction and gentrification by speaking with politicians, front line workers and experts.


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