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WINNIPEG — A mobile overdose prevention site saw more than 26-thousand visits during its first year in operation — double what was initially anticipated.

A review of the site, and people hoping to access services or use drugs in a safe setting, was done between October 2022 to October 2023.

More than 7-thousand visits were from individuals looking to consume drugs.

There were 20 overdoses, and no deaths.

The resource centre Sunshine House launched the site in response to the toxic drug crisis that's been sweeping across Canada.

The site operates out of a recreational vehicle that travels around Winnipeg's core five days a week.

The report says despite the success, the site is nowhere near enough to meet the size and scale of the drug crisis.

It advocates for the creation of a supervised consumption site, which the province's N-D-P government has committed to opening some time next year.

The Canadian Press