VCH to open Overdose Prevention Site in Powell River

76 calls made to emergency health services for overdoses locally in 2018
Paul Galinski / Powell River Peak
JUNE 5, 2019 01:24 PM

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), in partnership with the Powell River Community Action Team (CAT), is planning to open an overdose prevention service in Powell River, where fatal overdose rates are the second highest in the VCH region. The Powell River Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) will open in June in a temporary structure in a lot on Joyce Avenue near Duncan Street.

“Communities in every corner of the province are impacted by the overdose crisis, including Powell River,” said BC minister of mental health and addictions Judy Darcy.

“We know these services work. They save lives. This OPS will help ensure people who use substances in Powell River will have access to lifesaving services and connections to treatment and recovery and social services where and when they need them.”

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