CBC, May 6, 2018 by Adam Carter
Hamilton Spectator, April 25, 2018 by Teviah Moro
SITE: Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre (71 Rebecca St)
OPENING DATE: June 1, 2018
6pm to 11pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
8pm to 11pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
The Shelter Health Network regularly provides care for people who struggle with substance abuse. Over the years, we have seen many of our patients die due to unintentional overdoses. Many more suffer with life-long negative health consequences from unsafe injection practises.
In response to this urgent need, the Shelter Health Network has partnered with Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre to start up Hamilton’s first temporary Overdose Prevention Site. The Hamilton Urban Core/Shelter Health Overdose Prevention Site will provide potentially life-saving services to people who inject drugs. It will be a safe and hygienic environment for people to inject pre-obtained drugs under the supervision of qualified staff.
In addition to supervised injection, individuals using these health services will be provided with sterile harm reduction supplies (needles and syringes), naloxone, education on overdose prevention and intervention in the case of an overdose.
International research shows that supervised injection services reduce drug overdoses and limit the spread of HIV and hepatitis C related to unsafe injection practices.
Most importantly, supervised injection services save lives.