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Island Health’s Largest Supervised Consumption Service Opens in Victoria

Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions was on hand to support The Pandora Supervised Consumption Centre which officially opens on June 18, 2018. Island Health is partnering with Lookout Housing and Health Society whose harm reduction staff will provide supervision and education to ensure safer drug consumption, deliver crisis intervention and manage harm reduction supplies. SOLID Outreach Society’s team of peer harm reduction workers will provide supervision and education as well as support and advocacy. In addition to Island Health clinical staff, paramedics from BC Emergency Health Services will be on site, providing clinical expertise in support of the supervised consumption teams.

“While Lookout has a long, proud history of providing compassionate supportive housing and health services to vulnerable people in the lower mainland, the Pandora service is our first Island-based program,” said Shayne Williams, Executive Director of Lookout Housing and Health Society. “We are eager to bring our judgement-free, caring and committed team to support people in Greater Victoria.”

Check out the official Island Health press release here.