As Fraser Health takes its next step to establish supervised injection sites in Surrey, one councillor says he would rather see a long term solution.
Bruce Hayne says the proposed sites are not a city initiative.
“Certainly because of the fentanyl crisis that we’re finding ourselves in right now, I think all of us agree that it’s critically important to save people’s lives, keep people alive, while at the same time trying to provide as many services as possible to move these people out of addiction.”
Hayne says council did, however, send along a letter with Fraser Health’s applications to Health Canada to support the proposal, but with a number of conditions.
“First one being that it be a pilot project only and that we can reevaluate that in one year’s time.”
Hayne says council doesn’t want permanent supervised injection sites, because they want to see better long term solutions.
“How can we provide the kinds of services… how can we provide the kind of addiction counselling and addiction beds and so on, as well as replacement therapy for those drugs so that the safe injection is less and less necessary.”
The health authority says an analysis revealed Surrey had the highest overdose death rate last year.