Feb 24 Forum on SCS

Time is Now - forum on SCS Wednesday February 24th was a full house to hear why now is the time for Supervised Consumption Services (SCS) in Victoria, and to discuss what is needed for our community to make this happen. With recent increases in overdose deaths in Victoria, and clear signs of support for SCS at federal, provincial and municipal levels of government, we're saying: if not now, then when? forum (Feb 24 2016)   The resounding message was that we need to move forward immediately to prevent overdose deaths, and to increase access to health services, counseling and treatment.     forumaudienceThere was also a lot of curiosity about what services should look like in Victoria. To that end, we're excited to announce that we are collaborating with Dr. Thomas Kerr and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS on a survey of service users in Victoria. Information gained from the research will direct the development of a made-in-Victoria model for SCS as we begin discussions with local service delivery organizations, and as we complete our application for a federal exemption. Speakers Leslie McBain Leslie lost her only child, her 25 year old son Jordan, to opioid misuse in 2014. She is a founding member of mumsDU, a harm reduction advocate, an activist for drug policy change, and a speaker on drug safety for youth. www.mumsdu.com Dr. Perry Kendall Dr. Kendall is Provincial Health Officer for the Province of British Columbia and longtime supporter of Harm Reduction services. http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/biographies Donovan Mahoney Donovan is a former IV drug user, a Hot Yoga Teacher, a Photographer, and a DTES Activist. http://donovanpee.com/ Sheldon Fox & Colin Cayer Sheldon advises the yes2scs campaign from the perspective of a service user as part of yes2scs's 8-member Peer Advisory Committee. Colin is a member of yes2scs's volunteer-run Public Engagement Committee. www.yes2scs.ca We acknowledge that this event is taking place on traditional, unceded Lkwungen and WSÁNEĆ territories