Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Women-Only Overdose Prevention Site Opens on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Women-Only Overdose Prevention Site Opens on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

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Vancouver safe injection site to serve only women

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VANCOUVER - A safe injection site that will only serve women has opened on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Dr. Patricia Daly of Vancouver Coastal Health says many women, including sex trade workers in the troubled neighbourhood, have unique challenges accessing medical services.

The chief medical health officer says vulnerable women need support, especially as the opioid overdose crisis continues to claim lives.

The new clinic, called SisterSpace, has room to monitor up to 15 women and will be open from 6 a.m. to noon and from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Vancouver Coastal Health women's services spokeswoman Bonnie Wilson says a women's-only option is critical because some women on the Downtown Eastside avoid any setting where "certain men" may be found. …

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