As the fentanyl-fueled overdose crisis continues in the province, professional and volunteer first responders have been active on the streets of BC communities trying to help addicts survive.
Along with pop-up supervised injection tents, another similar form of help will be in Surrey’s notorious Whalley strip Friday: a pop-up recovery referral tent.
Marshall Smith is the Chair of the BC Recovery Council, and he says the tents are there for those who feel what he calls a “window of willingness” between hits, and want to see if there’s a way out …
He says, “There are these sort of shameful moments of self-reflection in between those times where you really do spend time with yourself and those really are opportune times to sit down with them or to be available to talk about the options that are out there for them.”
Smith says the tents are a non-invasive resource for people seeking recovery and treatment.