Mobile overdose prevention clinic in northern B.C. destroyed by fire – CBC

Service offering supervised consumption and harm-reduction supplies was launched in Fort St. John in February

Oct 04, 2022

A mobile clinic providing overdose prevention services in Fort St. John, B.C., has been destroyed by fire.

Local fire services in the community, around 440 kilometres north of Prince George, confirmed they received a call on Sunday around 9 p.m. PT reporting the vehicle was on fire in a hotel parking lot.

The mobile clinic, jointly operated by Northern Health and the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), offered supervised consumption services, as well as Naloxone kits and other harm-reduction supplies.

The Northern Health region has the province’s highest rate of drug toxicity deaths, according to the B.C. Coroners Service, while Indigenous people account for a disproportionate number of such deaths across the province.

When authorities officially launched the mobile clinic in February, FNHA northern region vice-president Julie Morrison said it was a “culturally safe initiative” for Indigenous people at risk of overdose.

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