The City of Kamloops has received a Community Health and Harm Reduction grant, which is supported by the Community Action Initiative, the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, and the Overdose Emergency Response Centre.
The City, in partnership with Interior Health and several community organization partners, applied for funding to support three main initiatives:
- installing and maintaining tamper-proof sharps bins on private property
- conducting weekly community cleanups in various locations
- gathering information regarding the disposal of sharps in our community
The goal of the project is to involve individuals with relevant lived experience in the effort to ensure harm reduction supplies, such as sharps, are properly disposed of. Participants will receive real wages for real work and be connected with appropriate social services.
The grant will amplify the work that is already happening in the community by bolstering administrative capacity and clinical oversight, expanding opportunities for participation in cleanup efforts, and encouraging cultural humility.
The majority of the cleanup and information gathering will take place between May and October 2020.