Funding for London's temporary overdose prevention site extended

  Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care has announced that the province will extend funding for London's temporary overdose prevention site.

Christine Elliott made the announcement during question period Thursday.

Provincial approval of the operation was originally given six months and was set to expire on Aug. 15.

The site located at 186 King St. opened in February of this year.

Users bring their drugs to the location and have medical professionals oversee the person's injection. Up to 70 people use the site on a daily basis since it opened.

The London-Middlesex Health Unit is still working toward securing a permanent supervised consumption site.

During the spring election campaign, Premier Doug Ford said he was opposed to safe injection and overdose prevention sites, though his party says Ford has committed to reviewing evidence on the issue.

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