For my digital humanities project, I want to use the tools we have learned in class to highlight the current state of the opioid epidemic that Canada, more specifically British Columbia is in. This is a very important topic that can be a hard conversation to have for many. With this project, I want to bring light to the crisis itself and bring awareness to hopefully make an impactful difference. With more time and research, a project like this one could be used as an educational tool to give correct and concise information about the ongoing crisis that our country is in. The digital tools I will be using to show my knowledge about the opioid epidemic and give you a better understanding of it will be a timeline, a twine story, and a geographical map.
- The timeline will show you how over the years the opioid epidemic has continued to get worse and worse. It will show the increasing death toll in our province and how what we are currently doing is obviously not working. With this information, I can prove the fact that we need to implement more tools or strategies to help those who are struggling with addiction.
- A geographical map will show the cities with high death tolls and where the major issues are. This is a helpful tool to prove which areas or communities need more services and support. This digital tool is a good, quick visual representation to help educate others on the issue.
- The last digital humanities tool I will be using will be the Twine application to create a story. With this tool and research-based evidence, I will show the impacts of using harm reduction versus not. My story will help support my argument for the need for more support and how having support helps.
Using all of these tools that we have learned in ENGL 201 – Digital Humanities, I hope to give you a better understanding of the opioid epidemic that we are currently in. My goal is to prove to you how quickly we are losing people in communities throughout British Columbia, the positive impacts harm reduction has, and how it can help society. At the rate we are going, we are losing people to opioid overdoses every day. Something needs to change, we need to implement more support and come up with ways to prevent these issues rather than use band-aid fixes after the fact. You can’t save or help somebody who is no longer with us.. I hope you enjoy my project!