Premier Christy Clark has stopped short of giving her support to the “pop-up” supervised injection sites that are responding to the overdose crisis in the Downtown Eastside.
Frontline workers set the first site up in an alley near Main and Hastings last month and opened a second site nearby yesterday.
With the opioid overdose crisis surging, both the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Police have turned a blind eye to operations.
Asked if the sites enjoyed her support, the premier opted for a similar tack.
“They’re Band-Aid solutions, ultimately, to a much bigger problem and my focus is saying ‘alright look, first of all, you shouldn’t do drugs,'” she said.
“Second, if you are going to be doing drugs know the quantity of the risk that you are taking.”
Last week Clark told reporters Vancouver police had found fentanyl in Marijuana, but the VPD said it had not seized any marijuana laced with fentanyl.