Vancouver health officials scrambling to slow drug-overdose deaths, government emails reveal (Crosstown Clinic)

Vision Vancouver councillor Kerry Jang was caught off his guard when Downtown Eastside activists established an unsanctioned injection site last September.

“So you are saying this pop up SIS [supervised-injection site] is actually operating?!” he wrote in an October 12 email to health officials. “And that city staff were aware? And ‘keeping an eye on it’. If so, I am aghast. Are there plans to shut it down?”

Correspondence from November concerns the possibility of expanding access to prescription heroin, a controversial harm-reduction treatment for opioid addiction that’s offered on a small scale at Crosstown Clinic in the Downtown Eastside.

Travis Lupick reports

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