Debate over drug consumption sites might be coming to end (Dr. Thomas Kerr)
In the space of two years, the number of supervised consumption sites approved to operate in Canada has gone from one to 22, plus three interim sites.
In November 2015, when Justin Trudeau's new Liberal government was sworn in, there was only Vancouver's Insite.
“Whereas it took many, many years of advocacy and civil disobedience to establish a supervised injecting site in Vancouver, it's become a lot less politicized, a lot less controversial and I think there are no really sane actors who are sitting around questioning whether there is a role for these initiatives anymore,” says Dr. Thomas Kerr, a researcher at the University of British Columbia who has studied Insite, noting that temporary facilities have been allowed to set up in Toronto and Ottawa.
Aaron Wherry reports
Dianne Doyle, President & CEO, and Geoff Plant, Chair, PHC Board of Directors