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Continued collaboration on Fort St. John harm reduction, overdose prevention

Northern Health
News Release

Northern Health and the Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce share a common goal of ensuring the future Health Services Centre at 10067 - 100 Avenue is a good neighbour to nearby businesses and the surrounding community.

In response to the continued rates of drug toxicity deaths in the community and the region, there has been recognition of the importance of establishing a permanent location for overdose prevention and harm reduction services (OPS) as well as much needed wrap-around health services including primary health services and health care referrals, mental health and substance use support and life skills supports.

We also recognize the need for ongoing engagement and collaboration that addresses the needs and concerns of those the Health Services Centre will serve, and the neighbourhood in which it is located. The Chamber and Northern Health are jointly moving forward with a recent recommendation from the Chamber’s Board of Directors, to establish a community table where best practices, questions and local business concerns can be discussed and addressed on an ongoing basis.

A community advisory committee will be formed and include members from local businesses and organizations. This committee will hold its initial meeting in April 2023. 

Additional recommendations from the Chamber in support of nearby businesses, such as providing free Naloxone training and other education, have been well-received and will be the subject of ongoing discussions as the community advisory committee, and the future Health Services Centre, are established.