Insite is a supervised drug injection site accessible to street drug users. Insite has injection booths where clients inject pre-obtained illicit drugs under the supervision of nurses and health care staff. Clean injection equipment such as syringes, cookers, filters, water and tourniquets are supplied. If an overdose occurs, the team, led by a nurse, are available to intervene immediately. Nurses also provide other health care services, like wound care and immunizations.
Insite provides a harm reduction program aimed at reducing harm to a client?s health while connecting them to care and recovery. The harm reduction program is part of a continuum of care for people with substance use challenges who often have complex medical needs including severe mental illness, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.
At Insite, clients develop relationships and build trust with health care workers which makes clients more likely to pursue withdrawal management (detox), addiction counselling and other addiction recovery services.
Many Insite clients are marginalized and do not have regular connections to health care services. The men and women who use Insite often have concurrent disorder. Some have a history of trauma and can be homeless, live in shelters or live in substandard housing.
Insite and Onsite are wrap-around programs that exist in the same Hastings Street location.
When users are ready to access withdrawal management, they can be immediately accommodated at Onsite, where people can detox in 12 rooms with private bathrooms. Mental health workers, counsellors, nurses and doctors work together to help people stabilize and plan their next steps.
Once stabilized, clients can move to the 3rd floor transitional recovery housing for further recovery and connection to community support, treatment programs and housing.
Vancouver Coastal Health operates, and provides all the funding, senior administrative and health care workers at Insite. Vancouver Coastal Health contracts PHS Community Services Society to provide administrative and peer support services at Insite in a partnership relationship at the client access level.