The House of Commons approved Monday night changes to drug legislation, as the Liberal government faces mounting pressure to deal with the opioid crisis.
“We’re finally starting to see political obstruction peel away."
New legislation will make it much easier for cities like Vancouver and Montreal to open their own injection sites, with an eye to combatting the ongoing overdose crisis.
"Within the last 12-month period, we're looking at over 1,000 overdoses requiring the use of naloxone," says one of the operators of North America's first supervised injection site.
A local heroin task force suggested that the city try what’s worked in several places outside the US: Spaces for addicts to safely get high without fear of law enforcement.
The city's safe injection facility found 86 percent of the drugs it tested this summer contained fentanyl.
"Y'all need to raise up off me Canada."
There are over 90 supervised injection services around the world, mostly in Europe, and Australia. In North America, however, Vancouver is still the only city to officially provide spaces for users to consume their drugs.
Canada has North America’s first and only safe injection site, in Vancouver, British Columbia, called Insite. It opened in 2003 and since then, mortality rates from overdoses and the spread of infectious diseases have dropped dramatically.
"If HIV was represented in 'old stock Canadians' in the rates that its represented in First Nations communities, that would be declared an emergency tomorrow," a leading researcher charges.
The first and only legal clinic in North America that allows users to inject drugs under supervision, and without threat of arrest, is in Vancouver. Montreal plans to add four more.
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