St.Catharines overdose prevention site saves two lives in one day and will continue to operate

St.Catharines' overdose prevention site will stay open.

Executive Director of Positive Living Niagara, Glen Walker tells CKTB the site on Queenston Street will stay open under an old model for a little bit longer after the province extended its licence.

The licences had been set to expire this week, but now will last until the end of March.

Health Minister Christine Elliott announced in October that the government would spend just over 31-million-dollars a year to fund a maximum of 21 sites.

Existing sites could apply to continue to operate under a new model focused on treatment and rehabilitation.

Walker has already sent in an application for a permanent site and is hoping to hear back shortly.

He's hoping the site will open April 1st.

Walker says the temporary site has already saved at least 20 lives, including two overdoes they were able to reverse just yesterday.

He says the two people came into the site yesterday together and both overdosed at different times.

Walker says if they had used somewhere else they would have died.