Paul Martiquet – Medical Health Officer 1995 – 2017, Vancouver Coastal Health 

I am proud to support the concept of Party4Health. The premise of the organization is to encourage youth to enjoy social interactions with music without the need for drugs and alcohol. This concept is particularly relevant against the background of the opioid crisis which has hit the lower mainland and province.

Recent deaths of young people using popular rave drugs contaminated with opioid analogues emphasizes the need to enjoy dancing without the risk of respiratory arrest and death. The benefits of dancing and social interaction without the use of artificial stimulants have enormous positive health implications.

In a sense, Party4Health represents the ultimate Harm Reduction maneuver available to the public health community and should be supported to the fullest extent.