Toronto Will Reduce Harm Through Supervised Injection Services

Shannon Hazlett According to a 2013 Toronto report, 206 people died from drug overdoses in that year, the highest annual number to date. Toronto is following the lead of its West Coast counterpart, Vancouver, in establishing supervised injection sites. The City is planning to introduce at least three supervised injection services to provide drug users […]

Supervised Injection Sites and Vancouver’s ‘Insite’ Experiment

Alexis Mulvenna In 2003, North America’s first supervised narcotics injection site opened its doors in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown eastside. The ‘Insite’ facility allows individuals to self-administer intravenous drugs with clean injection equipment in the presence of health care workers. It also works to connect those individuals to a host of health care services, ranging from primary […]

What’s the Harm in Harm Reduction?

Anna Hodgins Harm reduction policies have a bad reputation. The philosophy behind harm reduction is that policy should focus on diminishing the adverse public health and social consequences of behaviour without necessarily reducing the behaviour. There is peer-reviewed, scientific evidence and international consensus that harm reduction is an effective policy strategy for reducing the negative […]