Is housing people with illegal drugs habit, overdosing on Fentanyl, and handing out free drugs appropriate next to elementary school? Should our young children be taught this is normal and acceptable?
Atira Women’s Resource Society will operate the building. CEO Janice Abbott said getting the services online as quickly as possible is crucial, particularly in the face of the opioid overdose crisis.
She said that need was brought home this week when seven would-be tenants of the new facility died of suspected drug overdoses.
“We need to do more than just provide housing, we need to provide a safe supply of drugs for the people we work with if we want to keep them alive and to get them into a place like this,” she said.