My experience with overdose prevention services

December 6, 2021

Devon is a peer worker who provides overdose prevention and harm reduction supports to those living in shelters and supportive housing. As someone who had his own life saved at an overdose prevention site, he understands the value of these services and it’s important to him that others understand the facts.

“Overdose prevention sites (OPS) and supervised consumption sites (SCS) are a place where anybody over 18 can go and use substances safely in a safe environment, where people feel comfortable and free to be themselves,” he says.

He says the people working at these sites are respectful and non-judgemental.

“They’re so professional and they know what they’re doing. I’m confident when I’m going in there that I’m safe. These people are not here to judge or shame. These people are here because they care.” 
 

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