Hundreds of times each day, people settle into individual mirrored booths in a building the heart of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighborhood. They unpack the drugs they’ve brought and then do their thing, prepping, then injecting. But here, they shoot up under the watch of a nurse. Clean needles and naloxone are within easy reach.
Mat Savage credits the place with saving his life.
“I don’t even remember finishing the shot, I just remember bringing it up, starting to do it,” Savage said, describing an overdose from about four years ago.