1)Initiating a safe and accessible supply of drugs for those at high risk, 2) expanding safe consumption sites and 3) new fentanyl alert testing facilities
My first action as Mayor was to launch an Emergency Overdose Task force. This task force identified 31 recommendations to address the overdose crisis. Since then I have fought to expand OPS sites despite NPA opposition, lobbied for the expansion of safe supply, and worked to make Vancouver the first jurisdiction in Canada to adopt decriminalization.
In April 2021, the Drug Overdose Response Team, a joint initiative of Vancouver Coastal Health and Vancouver Fire Rescue Services to connect overdose patients with health care recieved permanent funding of $180,000, after a successful pilot initated under the Mayor Emergency Overdose Task force.
In addition, as part of the Mayor's COVID-19 Pandemic response, we worked with demonstrated a crucial need for front line workers in the DTES to recieve more training and PPE. The COV also created a PPE distribution centre in the DTES were front line workers and resident could access donated supplies such as mask, gloves and sanitizer etc.