Overdose prevention group seeks funds to bring mobile unit to Ottawa

Brendan Shykora, Ottawa Citizen, May 10, 2018 

A new health-care group wants to provide Ottawa with its first mobile supervised consumption site. Sure Shot Mobile Outreach, a non-profit organization, has applied for provincial funding for a vehicle that can bring overdose prevention services where they’re needed most. The group, which formed this month, applied for a six-month contract and 24-hour operation capability, which would amount to $368,000 in provincial funds. 

[MSTH] Leila Attar, co-founder of Sure Shot, said a mobile unit would fill the service gaps between the three existing supervised injection sites in the ByWard Market area and one in Chinatown. “There is still a need in the city, but that is for a mobile unit, for people who aren’t able to get to those locations,” she said. “The reality is people are still dying at a very alarming rate in our city and this is something that’s needed immediately.”

Overdose prevention group seeks funds to bring mobile unit to Ottawa