The City of Duncan sent a letter to Island Health last month to share their concern surrounding lack of communication with the public on the location of a proposed overdose prevention site.
Mayor Phil Kent says they also shared with Island Health the need to deal with needles being discarded improperly throughout the region. He says Island Health has responded positively, and the city does support the idea of an overdose prevention site.
In the letter to Island Health, Kent says there are approximately 10 thousand needles being distributed each month in our area alone. Since then, Island Health has announced a new program in the Cowichan Valley to increase efforts around safe needle disposal.