Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver's Insite Safe Injection Clinic Adds Hours to Help Cut Deadly Overdoses

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver's Insite Safe Injection Clinic Adds Hours to Help Cut Deadly Overdoses

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Overdose crisis prompts longer hours at Insite

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VANCOUVER - Vancouver's supervised injection site is expanding its hours to deal with the crisis of overdose deaths.

Vancouver Coastal Health, which operates Insite, says a pilot project begins next Wednesday and will continue for up to six months.

Insite will operate around the clock on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the weeks that social assistance cheques are issued.

The facility is normally closed daily between 3 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Dr. Ron Joe, with the health authority's substance use services unit, says it's hoped the additional hours will prevent overdoses.

North America's first sanctioned supervised injection site opened in 2003 and health authority statistics show it has recorded more than three-million injections and nearly 5,000 overdose interventions, but not a single overdose death. …

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