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This Nest Of Dirty Needles Has Become A Symbol Of Vancouver's Opioid Crisis

The "sad reality" in Vancouver's downtown eastside.

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As Vancouver grapples with the opioid crisis, a local police officer tweeted this poignant image: a clutch of pigeon eggs carefully laid in a nest of dirty needles.

Twitter: @VPDSuperDavey

It was shared by Superintendent Michelle Davey of the Vancouver Police Department on Wednesday.

According to the tweet, she spotted the scene in a single-occupancy hotel room in the city's downtown eastside. She also said it was not staged, though it's not clear whether they were placed by a bird or a human.

Lauren Strapagiel is Managing Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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