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

Last Friday, we announced that we have been approved by Health Canada to open two supervised consumption sites in Surrey.

Our data has told us that these areas are among the hardest hit by the public health emergency, and we know supervised consumption services will help to reverse overdoses, save lives, and connect people to treatment services. This approval of our two supervised consumption sites in Surrey is the result of many months of planning and consultation between many partners. Our extensive consultation process included one-on-one meetings with key stakeholders, two public information sessions, a web-based survey, and interviews with people who use drugs.

Operated in partnership with the Lookout Emergency Aid Society, the site on 135A Street will be called SafePoint, and will open this month upon completion of final renovations and staff training. SafePoint will provide an area for people to inject substances under supervision. We are also seeking Health Canada approval to provide supervised consumption of oral and intra-nasal substances, which will be a first in Canada. SafePoint is located adjacent to Health Solutions (the SHOP Clinic) and the Front Room Drop-in Centre.

A second Surrey site, located at Quibble Creek Sobering and Assessment Centre, is also scheduled to open in June, and will serve clients who are already accessing services at the centre. Supervised consumption services are part of our regional overdose strategy to help reduce the number of fatal overdoses in our communities. Because they are integrated with existing health services, staff will have opportunities to support people in beginning treatment if they are ready to address their addiction.

To learn more about supervised consumption services in Surrey, read the news release.

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