The federal government announced the approval this morning, but officials with the Health Unit and Regional HIV/AIDS Connection are currently waiting for details about the application process for establishing the permanent sites.
“It’s such a relief that we can continue to save lives at TOPS, link clients with treatment, and move forward with more permanent plans,” said Dr Chris Mackie, medical officer of health in a media release.
When established, according to Officials, all clients at the new Consumption and Treatment Services will be able to consume pre-obtained drugs under supervision.
All the treatment programs also will be better publicized. Brian Lester, executive director at Regional HIV/AIDS Connection says that “Lives are not only being saved through the work being done at TOPS every day, they’re also being changed for the better.”
He also understands that “the interactions and relationships forged with our clients have allowed them to build rapport with people who are often ignored.
“These decisions show that their lives matter.”
In mid-February, the prevention site – inside RHAC’s space at 186 King St – has attended more than 8,300 visits.
The staff, accordingly to a media release, already have reversed 40 overdoses using naloxone and oxygen, have referred 186 clients to addictions treatment, and 144 clients to agencies providing housing support.
They also said that 167 clients received additional health care services.