Mobile Overdose Prevention Unit hits the streets

Interior Health is offering overdose prevention services in Kelowna using a mobile unit. 

It replaces the current fixed overdose prevention site on Ellis Street which is now closed.

The motorhome will offer a place where up to four people can use drugs safely and be monitored and treated if they overdose - staff will also provide naloxone and other harm reduction supplies.

A mobile unit is different from a supervised consumption site - staff will not be supervising drug-use until Health Canada approves an exemption for a supervised consumption site.

The van will be available in downtown Kelowna at 455 Leon Avenue in the parking lot behind Outreach Urban Health, Tuesday to Saturday from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

And will also be at 125 Park Road, beside the Rutland Community Dialysis Centre, Tuesday to Saturday from 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm.