Overdose prevention sites are locations where people can use illegal drugs under supervision by trained staff. As part of health care service staff in these locations monitor people who are at risk of overdose and provide rapid intervention if necessary.
Overdose Prevention Services are allowed under special Ministerial Order (Ministerial Order M488) under the Emergency Services Act. Supervised Consumption Services are approved by Health Canada for exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
In the mid-island area there are two overdose prevention sites. The one in Nanaimo is operated by us, CMHA Mid-island, and the one in Courtenay is operated by AIDS Vancouver Island.
NANAIMO OVERDOSE PREVENTION SITE
437 Wesley Street (operated by Canadian Mental Health Association Mid-island)
HOURS: 10:30 a.m. to midnight, 7 days a week
COURTENAY OVERDOSE PREVENTION SITE
355 – 6th Street (operated by AIDS Vancouver Island)
HOURS: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon. to Fri. (closed 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat. and Sun.