Programming Connection

Overdose Prevention Site at St. Paul’s Hospital 

St. Paul's Hospital

2019

Challenges

  • Operating in a walled tent was difficult as supplies and furniture were damaged because of exposure to the elements. Clients experienced difficulty using the site in cold weather conditions because of poor circulation. As a result the OPS was moved indoors for the winter months. Determining the most appropriate site for the OPS, whether inside or outside of the hospital, has been a challenge.
  • Currently there is no option for safer inhalation services at the OPS, although service users have identified a need for such a service.