Coun­cil ap­proves su­per­vised in­jec­tion sites

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Toronto city coun­cil has ap­proved three su­per­vised in­jec­tion sites in the city. Coun­cil voted 36-3 Thurs­day to sup­port su­per­vised in­jec­tion ser­vices at ex­ist­ing health-care fa­cil­i­ties in down­town Toronto. The ser­vices are aimed at pro­vid­ing a safe and hy­gienic en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple can inject pre-ob­tained drugs un­der a nurse’s su­per­vi­sion. Ear­lier this month, Toronto’s board of health unan­i­mously ac­cepted a rec­om­men­da­tion for three small-scale su­per­vised in­jec­tion sites. Be­tween 2004 and 2014 there was a 77 per cent in­crease in the re­ported num­ber of peo­ple dy­ing from over­doses in Toronto, ac­cord­ing to a re­port pre­sented to the board of health.

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