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Launched in 2016 in response to the overdose crisis, this program offers harm reduction supplies to drug users in alleyways and side streets across Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and West End neighbourhoods, while responding to overdoses and reports of discarded injection equipment.
The fast-moving 24/7 program uses bicycles and foot patrols to deliver service when and where it’s needed. The two-person team also provides overdose response training and naloxone distribution
The program is staffed by peers with lived experience who have previously been at risk of overdose themselves, who are often the initial connection to bring harm reduction supplies to Vancouver’s hard-to-reach homeless. They share information about free meals, shelters, safe-injection sites and healthy habits.
DTES: 8am – 8pm 7 days a week
West End:8am – 2pm Monday to Saturday
Vancouver Coastal Health, City of Vancouver