Love in the Time of Fentanyl – Director Colin Askey

In Colin Askey’s jarring, tough-minded  documentary LOVE IN THE TIME PF FENTANYL Vancouver, Canada is ground zero of the opioid crisis in Canada with fentanyl overdose deaths at an all-time high. To save lives and support their disenfranchized community, a group of current and former drug users volunteer at the Overdose Prevention Society (OPS), a safe injection site. These renegades supervised a drug consumption site that employs active and former drug users, the crew do whatever it takes to save lives and give hope to a deeply marginalized population while demanding more radical responses to the devastation ravaging their community. LOVE IN THE TIME PF FENTANYL reaches beyond the stigma of drug use, revealing the courage and compassion of those on the frontlines of the crisis. Director Colin Askey’s debut feature documentary looks beyond the stigmatization of injection drug users and offers hope and empathic ways to approach the crisis ravaging too many communities.


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Love in the Time of Fentanyl’s will premiere on PBS’s Independent Lens February 13, 2023

Winner of the Colin Low Award for Best Canadian Director


“About the power of community [and] Askey gets at the heart of it… you see [hope] through the actions of those he follows amidst a tragic situation.” —Stephen Saito, The Moveable Fest

“These are real people coping with monumental challenges. They deserve to be heard and not judged. LOVE IN THE TIME OF FENTANYL gives them that.” – Georgia Straight

“A humane, loving, and sorrowfully impassioned portrait [with] an organic fly-on-the-wall style.” —Chris Barsanti, The Playlist

“Finds compassion and tenderness in hell.” —John Fink, The Film Stage