October 06, 2017
Health Canada approves legally sanctioned Supervised Injection Site next to Shepherds of Good Hope, Ottawa
Health Canada has approved a 24-7 supervised consumption site next to Shepherds of Good Hope.
In a press release issued Monday, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada states “The Government of Canada recognizes the devastating impacts of the opioid crisis and the need for urgent action.”
“Supervised consumption sites are an important harm reduction measure and part of the Government of Canada’s comprehensive, collaborative, compassionate and evidence-based approach to drug policy. International and Canadian evidence shows that, when properly established and maintained, supervised consumption sites save lives and improve health without increasing drug use or crime in the surrounding area.”
The new site has eight injection bays and a lounge area with a nursing team to monitor individuals using the trailer.
Health Canada says the site was inspected on Monday, and it’s slated to be open for services on November 7 in the parking lot of the Shepherds of Good Hope main shelter on King Edward Avenue.
It is estimated that 100-150 people will access the service.