July 3, 2013
Now is the perfect time for nurses, colleagues, and all community members to urge our federal and provincial political leaders to heed the public health evidence that supervised injection services (SIS) save lives. Extensive peer-reviewed research demonstrates that SIS reduces overdose deaths, decreases unsafe injection practices that can cause infection, and increases access to detox and addiction services.
Despite the 2011 Supreme Court ruling in favour of Vancouver’s SIS (Insite) which enables this health service to continue, the federal government introduced Bill C-65 in June 2013 which poses onerous requirements designed to prevent SIS implementation. In response to the release of a study by senior researchers from the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital recommending integrated SIS into existing health services in Toronto and Ottawa, the Toronto Board of Health will be considering a staff report and SIS toolkit on July 10.