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Video: Safe injection site popup on Louis Street

Volunteers take matters into their own hands

A group of volunteers called the Sudbury Temporary Overdose Prevention (STOP) Society setup a popup safe injection site off Louis Street on May 31. 

A registered nurse who spoke on behalf of the group and asked not be named, said four people had overdosed that afternoon in Hnatyshyn Park, located about 400 meters from the popup site. 

“Unfortunately, they didn't make it here.” the nurse said.

The nurse pointed out the sites not only reduce deaths, they reduce the incredible strain on health-care workers and ER departments overdoses cause.

Users are offered education and some counselling from the volunteers, she said, and documentation is kept for each outlining the age, gender and other vital information for people using the site.