An Overdose Prevention Site opened May 2018 behind St. Paul’s Hospital has helped save lives for a year. The tent lets people use substances in the presence of trained staff and a peer support worker. There’s sterile equipment and access to emergency care.
Over the past year, over 8,880 visitors came by.
The tent, the first of its kind outside the Downtown Eastside, is part of Providence’s wraparound care for people who use drugs and fits with its mission of providing care to all, particularly society’s most vulnerable.
There’s a wall full of grateful notes. One says: “We love this place.”