The South Peace Community Action Team says the deadly combination of benzodiazepines and fentanyl remains a concern after Northern Health released an overdose alert in January.
A peer support group for drug users called the Society for Narcotic and Opioid Wellness, or SNOW for short, has been created by the team, with an outreach house on 103 Ave.
Project Co-ordinator Chelsea Mackay says SNOW advocates for overdose prevention and harm reduction and has been active for more than a year now.
“We, just like most harm reduction groups across the country, are really hoping for the decriminalization of small amounts of substances; so that people don’t have to hide their use or get kicked out of their housing because they’re using,” said Mackay.
The outreach house offers clean needles, naloxone kits, condoms, pipes, and other harm reduction supplies.
“It’s just so dangerous to be using right now,” said Mackay. “People need to be supervised; they need to be able to be with people.”
The house is also equipped with a kitchen, offering food for those in need. Clothing and other hygiene necessities like toothbrushes and toothpaste are also available, says Mackay.
Dawson Creek RCMP Detachment Commander Staff Sgt. Damon Werrell says targeting traffickers is a priority.
“Our message is the same as always – which is do not use drugs which are not prescribed by a doctor,” said Werrell.
“We will continue targeting illicit drug activity in the Dawson Creek area and ensure that those trafficking illicit drugs are held accountable.”
The outreach house is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m, and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Written by Tom Summers, Local Journalism Initiative
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