Community acceptance for the idea of establishing a safe injection site in Victoria is growing, Mayor Dean Fortin said Thursday.
“The community seems more attuned to moving to that,” Fortin said after
councillors heard from Island Health representatives about progress of
harm-reduction initiatives aimed at the hard to reach, most of who
suffer from both mental illness and addiction.
Fortin was remarking on the success of the Access Health Centre, 713
Johnson St., and Pembroke Services, 1125 Pembroke St. The two centres
have been established as service hubs in the health authority’s outreach
to the hard-to-reach street population.
The centres, along with other health units and hospitals throughout the
region, have been distributing harm-reduction supplies such as clean
needles — without a lot of associated street disorder.