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Interior Health applauding mobile consumption unit in Kamloops

Clients who traditionally do not engage with health-care providers are regularly accessing the service
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There have been no overdose deaths at the mobile consumption unit. (via Eric Thompson)

The mobile consumption unit in Kamloops saw 7,100 visits between June 2017 and July of this year, according to Interior Health.

A total of 22 overdoses were reversed at the RV, which moves between two locations on the North and South shores. The RV is open five days a week and offers a place where people who use drugs can be monitored and treated if they overdose.

There have been no overdose deaths on the unit, according to a press release from Interior Health.

“It is encouraging to see that clients who traditionally do not engage with health-care providers are regularly accessing this service,” said Maureen MacKinlay, Interior Health interim administrator, in the release.

Unit staff completed 634 referrals for clients. That includes linking them to housing, mental health and addiction services, and other supports.

Overall, the unit is meeting objectives, according to Interior Health. Clients find staff welcoming and knowledgeable, and many clients have accessed nursing services.

Areas of improvement, meanwhile, include constraints associated with the use of a retrofitted RV; things like space limitations, privacy concerns and mechanical issues.

Interior Health is currently working on an action plan to “build upon” the service.

“This is a relatively new service and we expect it will continue to develop,” MacKinlay said. “Moving forward, we are committed to keeping our community partners informed and involved.”




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