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Overdose prevention site will stay put

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The overdose prevention site on Trunk Street in Duncan will stay where it is.

After a request for proposals, Island Health has signed a contract with the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Cowichan Valley Branch.

Lisa Murphy, director for mental health substance use for the mid-Island, said there will be some extra services offered at the site over the coming months.

“There is access and the startup, I would call it, of extra services at that site. So, they have space and have expressed a willingness and a partnership to have Island Health staff or a physician come in, running a clinic out of there, offering anything from wound care to that really important access to opioid agonist therapies.”

Murphy said good neighbour relationships were also part of the new contract.

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Those include security patrols and discouraging the clients from congregating around the site.

A telephone number for neighbours to call if they have questions, concerns or would like to visit the site is 250-597-7779.

The one-year contract ends November 30th, 2019.

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