Victoria's first supervised consumption site approved by Health Canada

Victoria's first supervised consumption site to open in 2018

Victoria's first supervised consumption site to open in 2018

This fixed site is the first in Victoria and, once operational, will provide supervised injection services along with additional harm reduction and counselling services to its clients in Victoria.

There has not been a single death in any site across the province.

Local advocates have been calling for supervised drug-use facility for more than a year, with a local group called Yes2SCS - a coalition of health-care professionals, social workers, researchers and activists - promising to open one on its own if that didn't happen. Medical personnel will be available to immediately respond to symptoms of an overdose.

Health Canada has approved Victoria's first supervised drug-use site.

A supervised consumption site will be coming to Victoria next summer.

"The evidence has shown clearly now that this is a lifesaver".

The new site will be renovated before it opens in the spring/summer of 2018.

The health authority says Victoria has B.C.'s third-highest rate of overdose deaths and that drug users at the new facility will have access to counselling, the overdose-reversing drug naloxone and staff who can connect them to treatment options. The overdose prevention site will remain open during that time.

Temporary measures to help reduce overdose deaths will stay in place until then, Stanwick said.

"The opioid crisis has taken a tremendous toll on the Island and as health care providers, we must offer greater supports and resources to people in the communities we serve".

According to Island Health, 967 people died from a drug overdose in B.C.in 2016, 156 of those were on Vancouver Island.

Earlier this year, Island Health also submitted a joint application with the PHS Community Services Society to operate a supervised consumption site at 844 Johnson Street, which is still under review.

Island Health now has another joint application with the Portland Hotel Society to open a second supervised consumption street at 844 Johnston St.in Victoria, which remains before Health Canada.

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