Raj (artist/activist) grew up with his grandparents who immersed him in Sikh culture but went to a school where he was the only person of colour. 9/11 happened and suddenly he realized how different he was--he tried to change himself to blend in, but depression and anxiety took over. Racism, indirectly and directly, shaped his childhood, but then he found an artist who turned it all around for him. Fast-forward many years and suddenly his grandparents were gone--he was left with his grief. Oxycodone, which started as a fun time, led to him becoming a full-time heroin user in the Downtown East-Side of Vancouver. This is the story of Raj's heart-breaks and reclamation of self.
We also talk about
the opiate crisis,
hydromorphone & dilaudid,
opiate replacement therapy,
And MUCH more.
This is part one of a two-part interview with Raj. Next week I will release the second installment which includes his journeys in India.
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