Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Supervised Injection Services (SIS): We need your help, please take action

Supervised Injection Services (SIS): We need your help, please take action

Momentum is building to increase access to supervised injection services (SIS) across Ontario. RNAO is a long-standing supporter of harm reduction strategies, including SIS, to increase access to health services and save lives.

Today, after receiving deputations from people with lived experience, community representatives, health service providers, and RNAO, Toronto’s Board of Health unanimously adopted a motion that supports establishing three SIS sites in the city at South Riverdale Community Health, Toronto Public Health (The Works), and Queen West-Central Toronto Community Health Centre. The matter will now be brought to Toronto City Council on July 12 and 13.

On June 21, 2016, the Ottawa Board of Health voted in favour of supporting proposals from community health centres seeking to set up SIS. Work is now underway to complete the exemption application requirements under section 56.1(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

London and Thunder Bay are in the process of doing studies to explore the need for and feasibility of SIS in their communities.

Progress is being made, but we still need your help. We ask that you urgently sign this petition in support of SIS to Toronto City Council and share it widely, asking your networks to also sign.

Also, if you live in the city of Toronto, call or email your city councillor to voice your support for SIS. Feel free to use or adapt the attached sample message. The website below allows you to find your ward and city councillor by typing in your address. If you already know your ward or the name of your councilor, you can find their contact information through the Toronto website.

Additional Resources and Information:
RNAO deputation to the Toronto Board of Health in support of SIS, March 21, 2016
Chapman, L. & Grinspun, D. Learning from the tragic death of a brother, Ottawa Citizen, March 27, 2016.
Toronto Drug Strategy's Supervised Injection Services Working Group, Supervised Injection Services Toolkit, June 2013

Kearsey, K. (2011). The Fix: RNs offer harm reduction services as the first line of defence against a life of addiction. RN Journal, March-April 2011

Sher, Jonathan & Maloney, Patrick. New stats on HIV and Hepatitis C among drug users backs calls for safe injection sites in city, June 14, 2016.
The Ontario Supervised Injection Services Feasibility Study.

Thank you for doing your part to help improve access to supervised injection services.

Downloadable Files:
Letter to councillor.doc26 KB