FRASER HEALTH FIRST IN CANADA TO RECEIVE EXEMPTION TO SUPERVISE CONSUMPTION OF ORAL AND INTRA-NASAL SUBSTANCES

  • Page Views 1003
  • SafePoint sees steady use in opening weeks

     

    SURREY – Health Canada has approved Fraser Health to provide supervised consumption of oral and intra-nasal substances in addition to injections at its two supervised consumption sites in Surrey – the first time such an exemption has been granted in Canada.

    “The ability to supervise the consumption of substances, whether by injection, oral, or intra-nasal methods, means more overdoses will be reversed and more lives will be saved,” said Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall. “In addition, staff at both sites will have greater opportunities to engage with people and connect them to treatment services when they are willing to access them.”

    SafePoint on 135A Street opened on June 8 and is operated in partnership with the Lookout Emergency Aid Society. Quibble Creek Sobering and Assessment Centre on 94A Avenue began providing supervised consumption services to clients of the centre on June 20th.

    “Since opening on June 8, we have had more than one thousand visits. This latest exemption from Health Canada means we will be more inclusive and provide care to more people,” said Fraser Health Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Victoria Lee.

    Since its opening, SafePoint has seen 1,079 visits by 203 people who have accessed supervised consumption services, with an average of 5.3 visits per person. During that time, 19 overdoses have been reversed, with zero deaths. Moreover, since January, nearly 400 people in Surrey have been connected to opioid agonist treatment, an approach which uses medications (Suboxone and methadone) to treat opioid addiction. On 135A Street, opioid agonist treatment is provided at a location adjacent to SafePoint.

    “While our primary concern is reversing overdoses and saving lives, we also know that supervised consumption sites can be a gateway to treatment and other necessary social and health care services for some of our most vulnerable people,” said Lee.

    At SafePoint, supervised consumption services are provided daily from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Quibble Creek provides supervised consumption services exclusively to clients of the centre between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week.

    Fraser Health’s new supervised consumption services support the work of the Joint Task Force on Overdose Response established in 2016. As part of the wide range of actions taken, partners across the health system continue to expand access to life-saving naloxone and opioid addiction medications and treatments such as Suboxone, open overdose prevention sites, work with Health Canada on approvals to open additional supervised consumption sites and improve the system of substance use services.

    (fraserhealth)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 21 October 2021
      3 days ago No comment

      Alden Richards continues to scale new heights; renews contract with GMA Network

      A proud Kapuso for over a decade: Alden Richards is a name that needs no introduction. With an impressive thread of local and international recognitions, box-office hits, top-rating series, and chart-topping albums, the Kapuso actor has proven worthy of his title as Asia’s Multimedia Star. Last October 15, Alden ...

    • 21 October 2021
      3 days ago No comment

      ABS-CBN wins Star Awards’ Best TV Station

      ABS-CBN won Best TV Station while its stars and shows also received recognition in the 34th Star Awards for Television held virtually by the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) over the weekend. Among the 24 other winners from the Kapamilya was series Pamilya Ko, which was named Best Primetime ...

    • 21 October 2021
      3 days ago No comment

      Leni-Pacquiao tandem still possible

      Senator Manny Pacquaio has left the door open to stepping aside as a presidential candidate. Pacquaio has indicated that he may be willing to support the presidential bid of current Vice President Leni Robredo in the May 9, 2022 election. Pacquiao said on October 15 that he would be ...

    • 14 October 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      3 Steps to getting your BC Vaccine Card

      Related

    • 14 October 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      Maria Ressa’s Nobel Peace Prize is an international Rebuke of the Duterte Regime

      The Malaya Movement in Canada congratulates Maria Ressa as co-recipient of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. In its announcement, the Nobel Committee cited Ms. Ressa’s efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace. Ms Ressa …[is] receiving the Peace Prize for [her] ...

    %d bloggers like this: