Frontline workers who have set up an injection site in the Downtown Eastside say they will continue their work even without the city’s blessing.
The pop-up tent is located in an alley near Main and Hastings Street.
Volunteer Sarah Blythe says the city’s single safe injection site isn’t enough.
“We’ve put together an area that people can come to, they know that it’s a place they can get help. There’s a person that knows how to use Narcan, there is harm reduction supplies.”
Councillor Andrea Reimer gave no definitive answer if the city is for or against it.
“Safe injection sites that are run by the health authority that is by far our preference. But if the other option is people dying alone in an alley, that is a terrible thing.”
A city statement says the existing safe injection sites are staffed and run by trained health professionals.
Mayor Gregor Robertson has asked to Health Canada to support and expedite additional injections sites.
The pop-up tent has been operating since late September.