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Ground-breaking documentary Bevel Up re-released, now free to access

May 7, 2019

On the 12-year anniversary of its release, Bevel Up, a documentary and learning resource designed to help healthcare workers deliver compassionate care to people who use drugs, is now accessible as free online content.

Created by the outreach nursing team from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Bevel Up shared the stories of street nurses delivering nonjudgmental, compassionate and trauma-informed healthcare to people who use drugs in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Groundbreaking in 2007, Bevel Up is just as relevant today in light of Canada's current overdose crisis.

People who use drugs often experience stigma in the healthcare system, which creates barriers that prevent them from accessing care. For example, since the film was made there is now better understanding of how important language is when it comes to stigma. To deliver effective care, healthcare professionals are encouraged to use non-stigmatizing and people-first language, such as "a person who uses drugs" instead of drug "user".