Programming Connection

Overdose Prevention Site at St. Paul’s Hospital 

St. Paul's Hospital

2019

Why Was the Program Developed?

British Columbia, like many parts of Canada, is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. In BC, there were over 1,400 deaths in 2018 due to opioid overdoses.1 Given that a high percentage of inpatients at St. Paul’s Hospital were actively injecting substances and there had been multiple overdoses within the hospital, it was determined that the hospital campus would be a good site for an OPS.

St. Paul’s Hospital (operated by Providence Health Care) developed the OPS in partnership with RainCity Housing to serve St. Paul’s Hospital inpatients as well as the local West End community.

1. British Columbia Coroners Service. Illicit Drug Overdose Deaths in BC: January 1, 2009 – March 31, 2019. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/birth-adoption-death-marriage-and-divorce/deaths/coroners-service/statistical/illicit-drug.pdf