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by:EBUNGE     2019-08-16
hamilton’s first temporary overdose prevention site is openhamilton’s first temporary overdose prevention site is openhamilton’s first temporary overdose prevention site is open  -  building a partition wall
In a small room in downtown Hamilton's core community health center, there is a long metal table with three chairs on it --
Before each lamp, mirror, timer and sharp container.
The trolley against the wall is filled with new syringes, a suite of nanolone and oxygen.
A partition divides the room into two parts: half of the table where drug addicts can inject, hum or take orally the drugs they carry with them in about 20 minutes;
The other is the "cold area" where they can be supervised after about 15 to 30 minutes.
This is Hamilton's first temporary overdose prevention site on Rebecca Street, 71 on Tuesday night.
The site is a partnership between the core of the city and the Hamilton housing Health Network, which is simple, however, an important step the organizers hope to take is to save the lives of a city with an opioid overdose mortality rate higher than the provincial mortality rate of 78.
"We expect quite a few service users to arrive," he said . "
Shelter Wiwcharuk is the chief physician of the Shelter Health Network.
"This is to serve as many people as possible as safely as possible.
The website is open after getting $116,300 in funding from the Ministry of Health and the head.
Long-term care to operate the site until November. 30.
There are three people working in each class.
The doctor says that the shift leader is always a doctor or nurse who will be in the room if he overdoes it
Shelter health network Doctor Robin Lennox
Two other support staff who were also trained in the case of overdoses greeted people at the door and wrote down some basic information.
The user must be 16 years old and must not be over-drunk, over-attacked or suffering from an acute medical condition.
They must be willing to sign an emergency treatment consent form at the first visit and follow the code of conduct.
Assign an ID code to each person.
But no one is checking the identity, so they can give a fake name if someone really wants to be anonymous.
Doctors are volunteers, but other trained staff members include people who have experience in drug use, including midwives, carers, firefighters, and workers who reduce injuries --
Many people who are already working on the front lines of addiction and mental health.
Although security procedures are already in place, the organizers did not anticipate security issues.
"We give people respect and they give us respect," Wiwcharuk said . ".
If they did have to call an ambulance because of an overdose, she said, they would ask the police not to come.
The site has a federal exemption for drug charges, but they know that some users may not be happy with the police there.
The team has met with Dan Kinsela, deputy director of the Hamilton Police Department, several times, and he said the department "supports the concept of harm reduction and the benefits of an over-dose Prevention website.
"We also know that we have to balance the wider needs of the community, quality of life issues, and address any side issues that may arise in the community," he said . ".
For the core of the city, overkill sites are an extension of the work they are already doing.
This includes a safe drug use plan called street wise and a room to reduce damage, which is basically a storage room with a syringe
Community health worker Jude Nnamchi said to buy used needles and other supplies.
The room is just around the corner of the overkill site and is open at the same time in the evening.
A new door at the end of the hall blocks the passage to the rest of the building.
City core executive director Dennis Brooks said they already have a number of community partners who gather at the center every night to distribute clothes or food, and they keep an eye on trouble makers often.
People have a lot of ownership over making it a safe space and she expects that to continue.
Nobody wants to see a drug dealer or someone who wants to take advantage of a customer outside.
"They will help the police themselves because they are protecting this," Wiwcharuk said . ".
The site will run from 8 to 11. m.
Tuesday and Thursday, from 6 to 11 in the evening. m.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and weekend.
Noreilly @ thespec. com905-526-
3199 | @ nicolatthespec noreilly @ thespec. com 905-526-
3199 | @ nicleatthespecin a small room within the Hamilton City core community health center has a long metal table with three chairs on it --
Before each lamp, mirror, timer and sharp container.
The trolley against the wall is filled with new syringes, a suite of nanolone and oxygen.
A partition divides the room into two parts: half of the table where drug addicts can inject, hum or take orally the drugs they carry with them in about 20 minutes;
The other is the "cold area" where they can be supervised after about 15 to 30 minutes.
This is Hamilton's first temporary overdose prevention site on Rebecca Street, 71 on Tuesday night.
The site is a partnership between the core of the city and the Hamilton housing Health Network, which is simple, however, an important step the organizers hope to take is to save the lives of a city with an opioid overdose mortality rate higher than the provincial mortality rate of 78.
"We expect quite a few service users to arrive," he said . "
Shelter Wiwcharuk is the chief physician of the Shelter Health Network.
"This is to serve as many people as possible as safely as possible.
The website is open after getting $116,300 in funding from the Ministry of Health and the head.
Long-term care to operate the site until November. 30.
There are three people working in each class.
The doctor says that the shift leader is always a doctor or nurse who will be in the room if he overdoes it
Shelter health network Doctor Robin Lennox
Two other support staff who were also trained in the case of overdoses greeted people at the door and wrote down some basic information.
The user must be 16 years old and must not be over-drunk, over-attacked or suffering from an acute medical condition.
They must be willing to sign an emergency treatment consent form at the first visit and follow the code of conduct.
Assign an ID code to each person.
But no one is checking the identity, so they can give a fake name if someone really wants to be anonymous.
Doctors are volunteers, but other trained staff members include people who have experience in drug use, including midwives, carers, firefighters, and workers who reduce injuries --
Many people who are already working on the front lines of addiction and mental health.
Although security procedures are already in place, the organizers did not anticipate security issues.
"We give people respect and they give us respect," Wiwcharuk said . ".
If they did have to call an ambulance because of an overdose, she said, they would ask the police not to come.
The site has a federal exemption for drug charges, but they know that some users may not be happy with the police there.
The team has met with Dan Kinsela, deputy director of the Hamilton Police Department, several times, and he said the department "supports the concept of harm reduction and the benefits of an over-dose Prevention website.
"We also know that we have to balance the wider needs of the community, quality of life issues, and address any side issues that may arise in the community," he said . ".
For the core of the city, overkill sites are an extension of the work they are already doing.
This includes a safe drug use plan called street wise and a room to reduce damage, which is basically a storage room with a syringe
Community health worker Jude Nnamchi said to buy used needles and other supplies.
The room is just around the corner of the overkill site and is open at the same time in the evening.
A new door at the end of the hall blocks the passage to the rest of the building.
City core executive director Dennis Brooks said they already have a number of community partners who gather at the center every night to distribute clothes or food, and they keep an eye on trouble makers often.
People have a lot of ownership over making it a safe space and she expects that to continue.
Nobody wants to see a drug dealer or someone who wants to take advantage of a customer outside.
"They will help the police themselves because they are protecting this," Wiwcharuk said . ".
The site will run from 8 to 11. m.
Tuesday and Thursday, from 6 to 11 in the evening. m.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and weekend.
Noreilly @ thespec. com905-526-
3199 | @ nicolatthespec noreilly @ thespec. com 905-526-
3199 | @ nicleatthespecin a small room within the Hamilton City core community health center has a long metal table with three chairs on it --
Before each lamp, mirror, timer and sharp container.
The trolley against the wall is filled with new syringes, a suite of nanolone and oxygen.
A partition divides the room into two parts: half of the table where drug addicts can inject, hum or take orally the drugs they carry with them in about 20 minutes;
The other is the "cold area" where they can be supervised after about 15 to 30 minutes.
This is Hamilton's first temporary overdose prevention site on Rebecca Street, 71 on Tuesday night.
The site is a partnership between the core of the city and the Hamilton housing Health Network, which is simple, however, an important step the organizers hope to take is to save the lives of a city with an opioid overdose mortality rate higher than the provincial mortality rate of 78.
"We expect quite a few service users to arrive," he said . "
Shelter Wiwcharuk is the chief physician of the Shelter Health Network.
"This is to serve as many people as possible as safely as possible.
The website is open after getting $116,300 in funding from the Ministry of Health and the head.
Long-term care to operate the site until November. 30.
There are three people working in each class.
The doctor says that the shift leader is always a doctor or nurse who will be in the room if he overdoes it
Shelter health network Doctor Robin Lennox
Two other support staff who were also trained in the case of overdoses greeted people at the door and wrote down some basic information.
The user must be 16 years old and must not be over-drunk, over-attacked or suffering from an acute medical condition.
They must be willing to sign an emergency treatment consent form at the first visit and follow the code of conduct.
Assign an ID code to each person.
But no one is checking the identity, so they can give a fake name if someone really wants to be anonymous.
Doctors are volunteers, but other trained staff members include people who have experience in drug use, including midwives, carers, firefighters, and workers who reduce injuries --
Many people who are already working on the front lines of addiction and mental health.
Although security procedures are already in place, the organizers did not anticipate security issues.
"We give people respect and they give us respect," Wiwcharuk said . ".
If they did have to call an ambulance because of an overdose, she said, they would ask the police not to come.
The site has a federal exemption for drug charges, but they know that some users may not be happy with the police there.
The team has met with Dan Kinsela, deputy director of the Hamilton Police Department, several times, and he said the department "supports the concept of harm reduction and the benefits of an over-dose Prevention website.
"We also know that we have to balance the wider needs of the community, quality of life issues, and address any side issues that may arise in the community," he said . ".
For the core of the city, overkill sites are an extension of the work they are already doing.
This includes a safe drug use plan called street wise and a room to reduce damage, which is basically a storage room with a syringe
Community health worker Jude Nnamchi said to buy used needles and other supplies.
The room is just around the corner of the overkill site and is open at the same time in the evening.
A new door at the end of the hall blocks the passage to the rest of the building.
City core executive director Dennis Brooks said they already have a number of community partners who gather at the center every night to distribute clothes or food, and they keep an eye on trouble makers often.
People have a lot of ownership over making it a safe space and she expects that to continue.
Nobody wants to see a drug dealer or someone who wants to take advantage of a customer outside.
"They will help the police themselves because they are protecting this," Wiwcharuk said . ".
The site will run from 8 to 11. m.
Tuesday and Thursday, from 6 to 11 in the evening. m.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and weekend.
Noreilly @ thespec. com905-526-
3199 | @ nicolatthespec noreilly @ thespec. com 905-526-
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