Peter A Allard School of Law

CANCELLED - Overdose: Heartbreak and Hope in Canada’s Opioid Crisis - Paperback Book Launch With Prof. Benjamin Perrin

This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.


Cover of professor Perrin's book "Overdose Heartbreak and Hope in Canada's Opioid Crisis""

Join us for the launch of the paperback of Prof. Perrin’s national bestselling book on the opioid crisis, with a new epilogue on the impact of COVID-19. Learn about how this crisis got started, what needs to be done to address it, and what obstacles stand in the way. The UBC Bookstore will have copies of Overdose on-hand for purchase.

This event will be live-streamed via Zoom. Please check back closer to the date for details.



Picture of professor Perrin

Benjamin Perrin researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law and international law. He joined UBC in 2007 after serving as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada and advising judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Special Court for Sierra Leone. Ben was lead criminal justice advisor and in-house legal counsel to the Prime Minister of Canada.

In recent years, Ben was confronted with childhood and intergenerational trauma, addiction, mental health challenges, and disability in the lives of people close to him and his own. In this journey, he found freedom and peace in Jesus Christ. He is an advocate for compassionate, evidence-based approaches to pressing criminal justice and societal issues.

Ben is the author of policy papers, journal articles, and several books including Overdose: Heartbreak and Hope in Canada’s Opioid Crisis (Penguin Random House, 2020) and Victim Law: The Law of Victims of Crime in Canada (Thomson Carswell, 2017). His current project is on “Reimagining the Criminal Justice System”.

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