July 18, 2018 8:45 am

London’s public health officer seeks extension for temporary overdose prevention site

An injection kit at London's temporary overdose prevention site, picture on Feb 12th, 2017.

Liny Lamberink / 980 CFPL

The city’s top public health official is asking his board to extend the operation of London’s temporary overdose prevention site.

In a report going before the board of health Thursday, Dr. Chris Mackie says the service has received over 4,000 client visits since it opened Feb. 12.

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Mackie said the site has reversed several overdoses, and referred 91 clients to other services like addictions treatment, mental health counselling and housing.

In January, the provincial government approved one-time funding of $130,700 for the temporary site. That funding will last until the middle of August.

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If approved, funding for the temporary site would be extended another six months, and would become the interim supervised consumption facility until a permanent location is established.

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