The Province is opening new overdose “prevention sites” to respond to the opioid crisis.
Health Minister Terry Lake says two sites opened this morning on Vancouver’s downtown eastside and two more will open in Victoria next week.
“It’s not a safe injection site, it’s an overdose prevention site. The difference is we’re not supplying the equipment. We are not supervising the injection, we are responding if in fact a response is necessary.”
Lake says there’s an increased risk of death and brain damage in this colder weather from a combination of overdose and hypothermia.
“They’ll be able to come inside and that’s an important consideration with the cold weather, we’re seeing a combination of overdosing and hypothermia with people suffering brain damage and ending up in the ICU at St. Paul’s.”
He says with the onset of colder weather there’s a greater chance of death and brain damage.