Nanaimo is the latest city to see an unsanctioned injection site pop up.
“We’re actually in the City Hall parking lot right now.”
A Nanaimo city councillor and group of volunteers have set up an unsanctioned injection site, and they’ve chosen a bold location.
Councillor Gord Fuller says the move came because an official site was taking too long.
“Nanaimo has had more overdose deaths per capita than anywhere else in BC. And the number of overdoses that are happening is just phenomenal, if you listen to the scanner on the radio,” he says.
He says volunteers have spent the last few days getting the word out to local drug users.
“We’ve been chatting with them over the weekend, it’s pretty miserable out so we don’t know who we’ll see. And we’re here and we’ll pack up at 7 oclock tonight and and set up again tomorrow at seven in the morning.”
And he says the provocative location has yet to ruffle any feathers.
“So far, but it is a holiday so… we’re kind of just doing it right now. We’ll work out all of the kinks as we go along, but I don’t anticipate much pushback on this one, because it is on the city agenda.”
Fuller says Island health and non-profits are discussing a permanent solution with city support — but the crisis was too dire to wait.
The site will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.