An­other over­dose pre­ven­tion site opens

Truro Daily News - - CANADA -

VAN­COU­VER — 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, named af­ter the for­mer Mol­son Bank Build­ing where it’s lo­cated, will be the seventh over­dose pre­ven­tion fa­cil­ity in the few blocks that make up the im­pov­er­ished neigh­bour­hood.

B.C. Ad­dic­tions Min­is­ter Judy Darcy says in a news re­lease there is a great need for each of 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. Daly says those peers can help drug users feel more com­fort­able and en­cour­age them to ac­cess other health ser­vices.

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