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Another over­dose preven­tion site has opened in Van­cou­ver’s Down­town East­side in an ef­fort to re­lieve pres­sure on two nearby sites that have had 120,000 vis­its since last De­cem­ber. The Mol­son site will be the sev­enth over­dose preven­tion fa­cil­ity in the im­pov­er­ished neigh­bour­hood. B.C. Ad­dic­tions Min­is­ter Judy Darcy says in a news re­lease there is a great need for the sites, which record a to­tal of about 700 vis­its ev­ery day. Dr. Pa­tri­cia Daly, Van­cou­ver’s chief med­i­cal health of­fi­cer, says many of the ser­vices are be­ing led by peers, peo­ple who have real-life ex­pe­ri­ence with sub­stance use. B.C.’s coro­ners’ ser­vice says 876 peo­ple died of il­licit drug over­doses in the prov­ince in the pe­riod end­ing July 31, many while us­ing drugs alone in pri­vate res­i­dences.

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