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City refuses provincial help for pop-up injection site; OPO volunteers frustrated

Last Updated Nov 6, 2017 at 6:57 am EST

A pop-up supervised injection site tent set up on St. Patrick Street, in Raphael Brunet Park. (Photo courtesy: Overdose Prevention Ottawa)

OTTAWA – The City of Ottawa has refused help from the province for the Overdose Prevention Ottawa pop-up injection site.

The volunteers who set up the tent in Raphael Brunet Park tell Metro they are frustrated and confused by the decision.

OPO tells the paper, because the overdose antidote Naloxone has to be kept at a certain temperature, they have been keeping them either in running cars, on in boxes stuffed with heat packs.

The province offered a heater and a portable generator, but the city refused.

Mayor Jim Watson tells the Metro, ‘the city is focused on the funding needs of the three local agencies working with the province and the federal government to set up sanctioned supervised injection sites.’

 

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OPO seeking provincial funding for pop-up site
Downtown neighbours vow to stop overdose prevention pop-up site
Two lives saved at overdose prevention site over weekend

 

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