Written by Dr. Victoria Lee, Chief Medical Health Officer and Vice President, Population and Public Health

Announcing the opening of two supervised consumption sites in Surrey.

Earlier this week, we announced that we will open the first of two supervised consumption sites in Surrey this Thursday.

Our data indicates that these two areas in Surrey are among the most affected by the overdose crisis. The new supervised consumption sites will help to reverse overdoses, connect people to treatment services and ultimately save lives. The opening of the two sites represents the culmination of months of planning and consultation amongst partners at all levels. Our detailed application process included numerous one-on-one meeting with key stakeholders, two public information sessions, a web-based survey, and interviews with people who use drugs.

SafePoint, located on 135A Street, opens this week providing services daily from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. to people who inject substances. SafePoint will be operated in partnership with the Lookout Emergency Aid Society and is located adjacent to Health Solutions (the SHOP Clinic) and the Front Room Drop-in Centre.

The second Surrey site, located at Quibble Creek Sobering and Assessment Centre, opens next week to provide supervised consumption services to clients daily from 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

While Health Canada has approved us to provide an area for people to inject substances under supervision, we are also seeking Health Canada's approval to provide supervised consumption of oral and intra-nasal substances - a first in Canada. We hope to receive this approval soon.

Supervised consumption services are part of our regional overdose strategy to help reduce the number of fatal overdoses in our communities. The services are integrated with existing health services giving staff the opportunity to support people in beginning treatment if they are ready to address their addiction.

To learn more about our two supervised consumption sites in Surrey, read the news release here

Check out the overdose page for Fraser Health employees on FH Pulse for all the information you need about the crisis and our response.

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