Okanagan effort to provide pop-up overdose prevention sites ongoing

A citizen-driven effort to reduce the number of drug overdose deaths in Rutland is not going unnoticed by the health officials ...

A citizen-driven effort to reduce the number of drug overdose deaths in Rutland is not going unnoticed by the health officials as they continue to look for a permanent site.

“Interior Health was not involved in the establishment of the “pop up” overdose prevention site, but we appreciate and share the concern the organizers have about overdose deaths and the need for overdose prevention services in the Rutland area,” said   Dr. Silvina Mema, Medical Health Officer.

“We continue to look for a location for an IH overdose prevention site in the Rutland area, to complement the site downtown. In the meantime, we will be working with Living Positive Resource Centre to provide enhanced harm reduction services in the Rutland area.”

Mema added that while the health authority supports community driven initiatives, they will be following up with organizers in the days ahead to ensure they  are delivered appropriately and safely.

The pop-up site, which was set up in Roxby Park earlier this week, is just the first of more sites to come, said Norah Bowman, the driving force behind the initiative.

Nobody used the service provided likely, Bowman said,  because it was irregular and lacking privacy.

That doesn’t mean the service wasn’t welcomed.

“(There has been) only positive responses but we need volunteers ASAP —  volunteers who are informed about or at least supportive of rights of drug users, who are willing to be trained in Naloxone, and who can stand in the cold for  three to four hours,” said Bowman.

“Having a car and some physical strength for putting up and taking down a tent are also very helpful.”

Bowman can be reached through Facebook.

Once the health authority finds an indoor location for an overdose prevention site in Rutland there will be no need for a pop-up site, which may make concerned residents more comfortable.

There is downtown overdose prevention site at the former Kelowna Health Centre (1340 Ellis St.) which is open Tuesday to Saturday noon to 7 p.m.

To find out more about harm reduction, or to train to administer Naloxone please contact Living Positive on 168 Asher Road, 778-753-5830.

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Serwa second fastest in ski cross seeding

Kelowna ski cross racer has solid run in the seeding round of the women’s ski cross event

Kelowna council approves large temporary farm worker housing plan

One of the area’s largest cherry growers will house 140 temporary farm workers on Shanks Road farm

RCMP investigate weapons complaint

Kelowna police looking for suspect who apparently pulled a handgun Tuesday night

Major accident Highway 33 in Kelowna

The jaws of life were used to help one person out of the vehicle

Kelowna pensioners call for changes to pension laws

Group meets with Kelowna-Lake Country MP and asks for his support

Salvation Army thanks community for fundraising

Local group helped many families over Christmas and the funds will keep going

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Two Haida men detained for crossing U.S.-Canada border

Edenshaw and Frisby travelled from Alaska to Prince Rupert for the All Native Basketball Tournament

Date set for Silver Creek man’s bail ruling

Curtis Sagmoen will learn on Feb. 28 if he will be released from custody

Alberta takes out full-page ads in B.C. over strained relationship

It’s the latest move between the two provinces over progress on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

B.C. teacher suspended over allegedly using N-word in worksheets

Trafalgar Elementary teacher under investigation by Vancouver School Board

Toddler swept away in Ontario floods

Toddler missing as flooding forces thousands from their homes in Ontario

Kelowna’s community calendar

Take a look at some recent listings on our online community calendar

Most Read