Improving services in the DTES: Fentanyl checking expansion & Supervised Consumption Service

Improving services in the DTES: Fentanyl checking expansion & Supervised Consumption Service

Health Canada has now approved VCH’s application to offer a Supervised Consumption Service (SCS) at the Powell Street Getaway. This means clients will now be able to use illicit substances orally or intra-nasally, as well as by injection. This new exemption means even more lives can be saved.

 

VCH Vancouver is also expanding our pilot project to offer more sites for people to check their drugs for fentanyl, which is responsible for hundreds of overdose deaths. Clients can now check their drugs for fentanyl at any of Vancouver’s four overdose prevention sites and the Powell Street Getaway facility, in addition to Insite.

Supervised consumption is part of the DTES Second Generation Strategy and one component of a comprehensive response to the provincial public health emergency that includes preventing overdoses, encouraging less harmful drug use, and providing treatment options for people with substance use disorders.

 

For more information, please see the news release on expanded fentanyl testing here and go here to see the news release on the SCS.

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