Guelphs overdose prevention site sees over 4,000 visits in under a year

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Guelph's overdose prevention site has seen over 4,000 visits in a year, by evaluation by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.

Public Health revealed in a release

"The OPS offers a spark of hope in this overdose crisis," said Raechelle Devereaux, Executive Director of the Guelph Community Health Center in the release. "The OPS is helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community who otherwise might end up overdosed or a patient in the local ER."

The evaluation also involved interviews from 51 clients and 14 staff, looking at the strengths and weaknesses of the site in the Guelph Community Health Center.

The key strengths included in the safe and environmentally friendly approach, access to harm reduction and education, and on-site medical care.

The challenges it identifies included, hours of operation, wait times, limited staff, and some limitations on referrals.

The release of the 45 overdoses at the site, 100 per cent were reversed, and there were no deaths.

"Guelph's Overdose Prevention Site is a strategy in a multi-service approach to helping people use drugs in our community," said Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health in the release. "Public Health supports this work because it is saving lives."

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