Overdose Prevention Sites Surpass One Hundred Thousand Visitors
Left side: old overdose site on Canada Avenue in Duncan
Right side: current overdose site on Trunk Road
Since Island Health opened the overdose prevention sites and supervised consumption services around the province in 2016, the results have been profound.
More than 100,000 people have used sites all over Vancouver Island and while more than 800 people have overdosed, no one has died.
Medical Health Officer for the Cowichan Valley, Shannon Waters says after a slow start, the number of people who use the local site has spiked in the last three months.
Last year, more than 1,400 people died of overdoses in B.C., including more than 230 on the island.
Waters says the site in Duncan has seen more traffic than other rural communities on Vancouver Island.
The new overdose prevention site on Trunk Road opens Sunday at 1 p.m.
Ahead of that, there are two open houses planned at the new site at 221 Trunk Road Thursday and Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.