WINNIPEG, Treaty 1 Territory — Today, NDP MP for Winnipeg Centre, Leah Gazan, was pleased to congratulate Sunshine House drop-in and resource centre on the announcement of their new Mobile Overdose Prevention Site (MOPS). Supported by Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program, the MOPS will use a recreational motor vehicle to deliver peer-led mobile outreach services five to six nights per week to people who use drugs in Winnipeg's Central, West End, North End, and Point Douglas communities.
“This life-saving program will allow Sunshine House to continue providing critical harm reduction services and expand their ability to safely and accessibly meet the needs of community members,” said Gazan. “This is long overdue in Winnipeg Centre, and I couldn’t be happier that Sunshine House is leading this initiative in partnership with the community”
Services provided by this mobile site will include the administration of Naloxone (Narcan), a treatment that can completely reverse opioid overdose. MOPS staff will also be able to provide referrals to emergency and other health and social services and supports. Gazan has been calling on the Liberals to fund this important program for months, and $384,000 in federal funding from Health Canada has been committed to the project.
“There is a toxic drug supply crisis in our city that has resulted in approximately 407 overdose/drug poisoning deaths in 2021,” said Gazan. “This program is how you create real community safety—through care, not criminalization. I will always support community-led solutions to the many overlapping crises that we are facing”