Island Health is one step closer to getting a federally-sanctioned safe-injection site in Victoria.
Medical Health Officer Dr. Murray Fyfe says the first application for a site like Vancouver’s Insite was sent off to Ottawa on Tuesday.
“We had hoped to have at least two applications submitted by this time but unfortunately we’ve become very busy responding to an increase in overdoses and have been working to set up temporary overdose prevention units.”
Fyfe says it could be weeks or months before the sanctioned site is approved and up and running.
“The model there will be to provide supervised consumption services that are fully integrated with other health services some of which are already operating at that location.”
The city has currently one within a facility and another pop-up location.
Another could open this month but there’s no word on how long it will take for the feds to make their decision.
Of the 755 overdose deaths in BC by the end of November, 60 were in Victoria, 130 were in the Island Health region.