With temperatures set to dip below freezing this weekend, front-line workers worry the overdose crisis could turn even deadlier.
Pop-up injection site coordinator Sarah Blyth says she worries users trying to stay warm could end up fatally overdosing alone.
“One concern is people might use more indoors, and they won’t come to the safe injection site and they won’t come to our tent to use, and they’ll go use indoors somewhere by themselves, which is one of the most scary things that you can do.”
“People will die during the cold season. They’re continuing to die.”
Blyth says icy weather could prompt users to stay home – with deadly results.”If they use fentanyl, and
“If they use fentanyl, and are by themselves, that’s when a lot of the fatalities actually happen, is when they’re not using at InSite, and they’re not using at our tent.”
Blyth says the province needs to act now – opening more indoor sites like InSite.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the region – warning of possible snow and “bitterly cold” temperatures as low as minus-five.