North America’s first supervised injection site was located in Vancouver in 2003. The neighborhood around this injection site is a wasteland with open air dealing, using, violence, and crime.
As in New York, Vancouver neighborhoods with an oversaturation of addiction programs have recently experienced a sharp increase in overdose deaths. Systemically packing programs in vulnerable communities correlates with overdose deaths.
The video from 2019 (below) was recommended by a GHC member who visited Vancouver and noted that this short film accurately reflects what he witnessed. The video passes within half a block of where the Vancouver safe injection site (opened in 2003) is located.