Interior Health’s RV on the move

Vehicle used as supervised drug use site will be parked on Mission Flats Road when not in use downtown or in North Kamloops

Interior Health has moved its mobile supervised drug-use RV to Mission Flats Road, where it will be stored when not operating downtown and in North Kamloops.

It previously remained parked at the Crossroads Inn downtown when not in use.

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Service hours will stay the same. The downtown location is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the North Kamloops location is open Tuesdays to Fridays from noon to 3:30 p.m.

The health authority believes the move will cut down on the visibility.

The move follows concerns from downtown businesses, which called a meeting recently with the health authority, RCMP and Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association to address social and criminal issues near the site on Seymour Street.

Coun. Bill Sarai, who attended that meeting, called it a “great first step” in providing relief to businesses in that corridor.

Businesses had reported drug dealing, loitering, garbage, improperly discarded needle and bodily fluids in the area, leading to customers and staff feeling unsafe.

However, Sarai echoed his previous call for the site to be moved permanently to the emergency room parking lot at Royal Inland Hospital, away from businesses altogether when in operation.

Sarai said he does not want to be the council that moves the site from area to area in the city, with issues following. He believes people seeking to access the services will find the site, regardless of its location.

Interior Health maintains the two locations were chosen because they are places people in need of the service already gather.

Sarai also called for additional recovery beds and programs.

“We need to figure this out,” he said.

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