Supervised injection site

Supervised injection sites (SIS) (also known as supervised injection facilities, safe injection site safer injection facility, drug consumption facility or medically supervised injection center) are legally sanctioned and medically supervised facilities designed to reduce nuisance from public drug use and provide a hygienic and stress-free environment for illicit drug users when consuming drugs, mostly injecting drug use. They are part of a harm reduction approach towards drug problems.

In Vancouver the city sponsor’s Insite, a supervised injection site operated as part of the city’s “Four Pillars” Approach to drug policy. The stated goals and benefits of Insite are:

  • Reduces number of overdose deaths
  • Provide a safe, clean, and secure place for users to inject while reducing the visibility of drug consumption on the street
  • Provides an opportunity for multiple contacts with health care staff, social workers, and other individuals who can help users move toward healthier choices, such as drug treatment programs, primary health care, and other social services
  • Reduces HIV and hepatitis C transmission, and ensures that injecting equipment remains inside and is not discarded in the community
  • Reduces risks to the community as the open consumption of drugs can be more easily discouraged

In the 2017 elections in Vancouver, city council candidate Mary Jean Dunsdon ran on a platform of increasing the number of safe injection sites in vancouver as part of a larger harm reduction platform that included less strict guidelines for cannabis dispensaries.

About the Author Chron Valdez

Chron Valdez is a BC cannabis grower turned webslinger.

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