Providence Crosstown Clinic: Experiences of a safe injection facility in the Downtown Eastside
The idea of providing safe injection sites for people with active substance use has been a central discussion in Canadian public health policy and social politics. The intent of healthcare organziations actually providing the drug has proved even more challenging. However, the evidence is clear, both in other jurisdictions where these services are part of public healthcare, and in Vancouver.
Supervised injection facilities and clinical opioid therapy services are saving lives and providing much needed healthcare services to a vulnerable, and often neglected, population.
Another safe injection facility in the Downtown Eastside is Providence Crosstown Clinic or “Crosstown.”
Michelle Preston reports.
Tiko Kerr, Vancouver Artist and patient of Dr. Julio Montaner