Housing Overdose Prevention Site ManualVancouver Coastal Health (2018)
As part of a temporary emergency response offered by BC Housing, various non-profit housing providers and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Housing Overdose Prevention Sites (HOPS) provide a space for residents who inject drugs to inject, with sterile equipment, in the building where they reside. Persons who inject drugs (PWID) are encouraged to inform staff or trained Peers (fellow residents or non-residents who are persons with lived experience with drug use) if they are using the room for injection. This service was initiated due to increasing mortality from illicit drug overdoses in the province of British Columbia (BC), Canada. To date spaces for smoking illicit substances are not provided.