Faced with an increasing demand for harm reduction services, northern B.C.'s only overdose prevention site is in the midst of a significant renovation and expansion.
The site has seen close to 6,000 visits between December 2016 and March 31, 2018. The demand has exceeded the site's capacity; the overdose prevention site, has largely consisted of a single stall beside the front reception area of the needle exchange clinic on Third Avenue and George Street. After renovations are complete, a back portion of the office will be opened up, with three stainless steel, ventilated stalls. Each stall will have a mirror affixed to the front wall, to allow proper sight lines of injection of narcotics by trained nurses, as well as a bin for needle disposal.
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