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Mobile overdose prevention bus opens its doors in Kamloops

The new mobile overdose prevention unit, pictured in this file photo, has began operations in Kamloops.
June 06, 2017 - 10:38 AM

KAMLOOPS – Local drug outreach services just got a boost today with the opening of a recreational vehicle repurposed to serve as a mobile overdose prevention unit.

It isn't a supervised consumption site yet, so no drugs will be used in the RV. Staff are waiting for approval of an exemption for a supervised consumption site from Health Canada, according to an Interior Health Authority media release. 

The mobile unit will park at ASK Wellness on 433 Tranquille Rd. from Tuesday to Saturday between the hours of 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. It will be downtown on 569 Seymour St. in front of Crossroads Inn on Tuesday to Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The unit arrived in Kamloops in May and is starting starting operations today, June 6.

People can access harm reduction supplies, like naloxone kits, and primary health care services like wound care. Staff can also give referrals to substance use services and treatment.

Anyone with feedback or questions can submit them online at the Interior Health website.

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