What Halifax can learn from Vancouver as overdose site prepares to open

published on August 14, 2019 by Haley Ryan in The Star Halifax

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia may not see the same level of opioid deaths as the west coast, but as Halifax’s overdose site prepares to open this year, Dr. Christy Sutherland of Vancouver says it’s vital to have systems in place before “things shift.”

Sutherland is originally from Halifax and got her medical degree at Dalhousie University before completing her family medicine residency at the University of British Columbia in 2010. She has worked for years in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and is the medical director of the Portland Hotel Society non-profit, as well as education physician lead with the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use…

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