Edmonton Journal (01.09.12) - Monday, January 09, 2012
Vancouver needs a second supervised injection site, say the
operators of the city's only such facility. Located in the
Hastings Street corridor, Insite has more than 12,000
registered users and is the site of 800 injections a day, said
Mark Townsend of the Portland Hotel Society (PHS).
"I think there needs to be another one, for sure," Townsend
said Sunday. "The one facility is tiny in a big, big city, so
clearly, you would have to have others."
"We would have to get the city, the police, the health
authority, and the provincial government [to approve] and then
apply for a federal exemption to do it, so it's a complicated
step," said Townsend.
However, federal government drug policies are focused on
preventing addiction, not facilitating injection. Rejecting
the federal government's challenge, the Supreme Court of
Canada unanimously ruled in September 2011 that Insite could
Health authorities would have to determine a need for a second
site before city hall would back such a proposal, said Kerry
Jang, a city counselor. "Our position is very clear, if the
health authority deems it necessary then we'll support it," he