Vancouver Island now has two more sanctioned pop-up injection sites – a third in Victoria and the first in Nanaimo.
Dr. Richard Stanwick, who is the top doctor with Island Health, says the Nanaimo site – opening on Tuesday – is within a social services building, and he says it’s pretty basic.
“A couple of tables, and a clear area to be able to do resuscitations – it certainly isn’t particularly sophisticated, and not requiring the level of detail for example that a supervised consumption site would need.”
Until now, the only option had been a controversial tent in the City Hall parking lot manned by concerned citizens.
“My understanding is that the one at City Hall will not necessarily come down immediately, until I think there’s a true transition to the one Island Health is setting up that is truly sanctioned by the Ministry of Health.”
Stanwick says Island Health has made the decision to pause additional applications for federally approved injections sites.
The first was submitted January 3.
He says with 914 people dying from opioids in B.C. last year, they are hoping the Federal Government will soon streamline the process.